UPDATE—10 Free Energy Newsletters You Might Want to Read

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Here (in no particular order) are 10 free energy newsletters to which you might want to subscribe:

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

November 14, 2019

Managing Energy Information

Our previous blog post—Best Practices in Campus Energy Information Management, Chargebacks, and Internal Billings—provided tips to help campus-based organizations obtain accurate, detailed energy information for individual facilities. It’s fitting, then, to follow up with a real-life application of those best practices.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings

November 13, 2019

Best Practices in Campus Energy Information Management, Chargebacks, and Internal Billings

Does your university or campus-based organization struggle to obtain detailed energy information for individual buildings? Are you challenged by the complexity of internal energy use & cost allocations (a.k.a., chargebacks)?

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

October 22, 2019

Energy Block Grant Program Renewal Underway

0814blogIf you have an energy conservation project that’s waiting for funding, the U.S. Department of Energy may soon be able to help.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- Energy and Culture

August 15, 2019

(Still) Improving Utility Bill Auditing

Utility bill auditing and processing just got a whole lot easier.

On November 9, 2016, I published a blog article titled, “Improving Utility Bill Auditing.” The article addressed a comment that we hear time and time again during initial conversations with prospective customers: “We know we should check our utility bills more closely, but we don’t have a system in place to do that.” I then outlined how our EnergyCAP software-based solution helps organizations overcome the challenges of utility bill processing and bill validation before they are paid.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- Company News

July 31, 2019

Speaking Three Languages in Kentucky

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Effective communication is a critical component of every energy management program. In a recent EnergyCAP-hosted webinar, James Bush, Program Manager of Energy Initiatives for Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG), described how EnergyCAP enables his staff to speak three languages: Facilities, Accounting, and Budgeting. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Company News

June 27, 2019

Failing the Eyeball Test

bithgroup-technologies-logo -- 050219Bithgroup Technologies, a consulting firm based in Baltimore, MD, has used EnergyCAP as the foundation of their Energy Information Services operation since 2007. They have processed hundreds of thousands of utility bills through the application. Corey Culbreath, Bithgroup’s hands-on Director of Energy Information Services, recently shared how he identified a major client billing problem without having to run a single EnergyCAP report.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

May 3, 2019

Energy Manager’s Report Guide

So much data, so little time. An all-too-common scenario for energy managers.

Utility bills arrive like clockwork (you hope) every month by the dozens or hundreds. Each one contains numerous line items, providing useful details about facility energy consumption and cost. Ideally, that valuable information is being tracked in EnergyCAP, where it’s readily available for analysis. 

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

April 19, 2019

Keys to Long-Term EMIS Success

EMIS_SuccessBlogEnergyCAP, Inc. (ECI) recently surveyed large government and public institutions to determine what makes an Energy Management Information System (EMIS) successful over many years. Survey participants included a mix of city and county governments, federal agencies, and the largest U.S. higher education systems. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

February 12, 2019

Saving Energy in University Housing

On- and off-campus student housing facilities consume a lot of energy, and the cost of that energy directly impacts students, schools, and property owners. In a recent EnergyCAP-hosted webinar, Melissa Kline, Founder of environmental consulting firm IMPACTenergy, described the process her firm uses to achieve energy savings in student housing.

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

January 29, 2019

Accidental Energy Savings

While the most easily quantifiable benefit of EnergyCAP’s utility bill accounting and energy management software might be its ability to help an organization save money, some of its other advantages are best explained anecdotally.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings

January 8, 2019

Energy Re-Imagined

 

solarPanels2-1Can a wearable device generate its own power? Will we see a time when gas stations are scarce? What is a microgrid?

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

November 14, 2018

Are Your ENERGY STAR Scores About to Drop?

ESTAR_blogImage The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will soon be updating performance metrics in its Portfolio Manager application, and per the EPA, “1–100 ENERGY STAR scores and other performance metrics will, on average, go down.”

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

August 3, 2018

President Trump Endorses “Measure – Manage – Save”

whitehouse500Okay, that’s fake news. He didn’t say exactly that. But he did issue an Executive Order mandating deeper efforts to achieve energy cost and usage reductions, built on a foundation of energy tracking and reporting. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

June 11, 2018

Lights On In Miami-Dade County

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Dan Coogan, Utilities Superintendent at Miami-Dade County, has been analyzing the county’s 4,500 monthly electric bills in EnergyCAP since 2012. The county has documented many energy management successes over the past five-plus years, the latest of which came as the result of a team effort.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings

May 22, 2018

Riverside County’s Path to Energy Savings

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Energy management at Riverside County, CA is in very capable hands.

During her tenure at the county, Janet Purchase, County Energy Manager, and her team have realized more than $11.6 million in grants, rebates, energy savings, outside utility funding, and avoided costs. 

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- Bill CAPture

March 22, 2018

Is ENERGY STAR a Viable Alternative to M&V?

101617_blogSmall-1.pngENERGY STAR® is the nation’s most widely used and recognized energy reporting and benchmarking system, but it is seldom considered to be a method of measurement and verification (M&V) of savings. EnergyCAP, Inc.’s CEO, Steve Heinz, recently led a study

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

October 17, 2017

Energy-Efficient Cities Using EnergyCAP

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, and we are happy to report that nearly one third of the top-performing cities rely on EnergyCAP for utility bill and energy management. (i)

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Topics: Energy Management- Energy and Culture

July 12, 2017

The Ins and Outs of Campus Energy Data

A large number of facilities with widely varied uses—administration, classroom, laboratories, athletics, parking, medical, etc.a diverse group of occupants, long operating hours, multiple funding sources, and consistent growth combine to make energy management at a large public university a complex undertaking. Lalit Agarwal, Director of Facilities Systems at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), recently presented a webinar titled “The Ins and Outs of Campus Energy Data” to explain how UNL has integrated numerous systems—including EnergyCAP—and internal teams to establish a program that is successfully reducing energy consumption across campus, while maintaining occupant comfort.

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Topics: Energy Management- Client Savings- The Workplace

June 28, 2017

Fleet Tracking with EnergyCAP

fleet_blog.pngEnergyCAP is widely recognized as a powerful utility bill and energy management tool for facility operations. Did you know that some EnergyCAP customers are also leveraging the application’s features to better track and manage their vehicle fleets in response to emerging sustainability and compliance mandates?

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Topics: Energy Management

May 2, 2017

Software As A Foundation (SaaF)

buldingFoundation.pngThe term “Software as a Service” and its more commonly used acronym, SaaS, were originally coined in 2001 in an article published by the Software & Information Industry Association’s eBusiness Division.[i]  SaaS is simply defined as software rental, with the licensee typically paying a monthly or annual fee for the right to use a vendor-hosted application.

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Topics: Energy Management

April 6, 2017

Energy Management Resources Coming Your Way

Thumbs-up.jpgAs we gear up for a productive New Year, we are taking this blog opportunity to highlight several resources of value to the community of readers we serve.

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Topics: Energy Management

January 11, 2017

Cost Avoidance Webinar will Launch New Client Outreach

CA webinar1.jpgToday's blog highlights a new EnergyCAP webinar series.

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Topics: Energy Management

November 22, 2016

The What and Why of Energy Management Software Retro Commissioning

change-graphic.jpgThe Greek philosopher Heraclitus reportedly said that the only thing that is constant is change. He probably wasn’t talking about your real estate portfolio, but if you manage energy for multiple properties,

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Topics: Energy Management

October 19, 2016

Use Utility Data to Inspire Your Next Energy Management Project

0814blogThis blog is the second installment in a short series drawn from our September Energy Leader Webinar: Tips for Getting Buy-In for Your Energy Project. The webinar purpose was simple: to help participants get more projects approved and more energy saved.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 28, 2016

Tips for Getting Buy-In for Your Energy Project

0814blogThis blog is the first installment in a short series drawn from last week’s Energy Leader Webinar: Tips for Getting Buy-In for Your Energy Project. The webinar purpose was simple: to help participants get more projects approved and more energy saved. If you’re looking for tips on how to get your next energy project approved, read on!

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Topics: Energy Management

September 21, 2016

It’s Not Fair Not to Normalize

“Data has a nasty way of representing the wrong idea when inaccurately reported.”
—Tony Rovano, AssetWorks

It’s your first year on the job as energy manager for a sizable regional real estate management firm. You’re proud of several new initiatives that you were able to implement, but as the summer drags on, you hear through the grapevine that the CEO has been receiving concerned memos from Accounting due to rising utility expenses. 

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Topics: Energy Management

July 27, 2016

An EnergyCAP Health Checkup: Plantar Fasciitus

plantar1.jpgOh, your aching feet! As an energy manager, your feet might ache because there's too much load on them. Your buildings may have abnormal load also, and we can measure that using a load factor calculation.

EnergyCAP’s AN12 report will help you spot an abnormal load factor. It’s a tabular report that shows your load factor (from 0 to 100) for each electric bill.

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Topics: Energy Management

July 6, 2016

Highlights from Last Week's AccuWeather Webinar

accuweatherScreen.pngIt was spring break for Penn State students here in State College, PA, last week, but our team was hard at work producing a new webinar, How AccuWeather Data Provides Value to Energy Managers.

Our CEO, Steve Heinz, teamed up with AccuWeather’s Director of Business Development Lou Seidel, to discuss how you can get the most up-to-date and accurate weather data, and turn that information into savings for the energy management program at your organization.

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Topics: Energy Management

March 16, 2016

How AccuWeather Data Provides Value to Energy Managers

winterStorm-1.pngToday’s blog is a promotion for an upcoming live event webinar featuring EnergyCAP’s CEO Steve Heinz and Lou Seidel, Director of Business Development for AccuWeather.

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Topics: Energy Management

March 2, 2016

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