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. The results provide interesting insights into the objectives for implementing an EMIS and the keys to long-term program success.

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Topics: Energy and Culture- Energy Management

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 and Culture- Energy Management

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 and Culture- Energy Management

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 and Culture- Energy Management

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 to determine if ENERGY STAR ratings can be used as a low-cost, simple M&V method when the cost of a more intensive analysis is not justified. Steve presented the results of his study at the most recent World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta, GA.

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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 and Culture- Energy Management

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- The Workplace- Client Savings

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.

New Case Study

Toward the end of 2016, we completed a case study in collaboration with James City County, VA. Entitled One Ring to Rule Them All, the study shares the advantages of energy management software for a county government. It’s a fun read that will get you thinking about savings opportunities in your organization.

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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, you know that Heraclitus’ declaration has a ring of truth.

Buildings and organizations change over time. Processes are revamped. Employees retire or transfer. Remodeling happens. Space is repurposed from one function to another. And systems struggle (often unsuccessfully) to keep up with the pace.

Your energy management software is another system, and you may have been using it in the same way for years. But is your current approach the best approach? Have inevitable changes created an opportunity to do things differently and to do them better?

Today’s blog on software retro commissioning may help you answer that question.

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Topics: Energy Management

October 19, 2016

Use Utility Data to Inspire Your Next Energy Management Project

windmill.jpgThis 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.

Webinar speakers were Steve Heinz, founder and CEO of EnergyCAP, Inc., and Dr. Eric Woodroof, founder and principal of Profitable Green Solutions. Today we’ll share some of the insights we gleaned from Steve’s portion of the presentation.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 28, 2016

Tips for Getting Buy-In for Your Energy Project

windmill.jpgThis 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

boys-ages.png“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. Now your supervisor has threatened to pull the plug on a major lighting retrofit that you know will pay for itself in savings over the next three years. It looks like the honeymoon is over, but you are scratching your head to try to figure out what went wrong. It just isn’t fair.

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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.

The webinar, sponsored by Energy Manager Today, is titled How AccuWeather Data Provides Value to Energy Managers, and will be held at 2:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 9 (just one week from now).

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Topics: Energy Management

March 2, 2016

8 Things You Can Do With Energy Management Software

TthingsYouCanDo_Infographic.pngoday we introduce a new energy management infographic available from EnergyCAP. And whether you are a customer or a first-time visitor, this resource may remind you why you would want to acquire or maintain a software tool for your energy program.

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Topics: Software Features- Energy Management

February 17, 2016

Nuggets of Weather Wisdom to Close Out the Old Year

goldnuggets.jpgIn hopes of brightening your bleak mid-winter, we offer a few nuggets of weather wisdom from our latest Energy Leader webinar. Here are Steve Heinz's written responses to chat questions submitted by attendees during the session, which has been recorded and is available online:

Why not throw another Yule log on the fire and settle back in your chair for an interesting read about energy and weather?

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Topics: Energy Management

December 23, 2015

Nailing Your Utility Budget

frozen-meter.jpgWhy rely on “guesstimates” when you can nail your annual utility budget with the right budget process?

It’s all about accounting for variables, and weather is the biggest variable out there. But do you have a coherent and logical approach for correlating weather with your facility energy use?

There’s a science to it. And like most sciences, it can be taught and learned. In this recorded webinar, EnergyCAP CEO Steve Heinz will be the teacher, and he will introduce a few guiding principles for utility budgeting.

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Topics: Energy Management

December 16, 2015

The Top 10 “People Factors” in Energy Management Success

ThinkstockPhotos-479533174John Lord is an Energy Education Specialist for Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools, one of the fastest-growing school districts in one of the nation's fastest growing counties. The district serves more than 70,000 students, and utilities are a big expense and an energy management opportunity. In the last two decades, the district has documented more than $60 million in cost avoidance attributable to energy management activities.

In today’s guest blog, John shares the Top 10 “people factors” that have contributed to his organization's energy management excellence:


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Topics: Energy Management

October 29, 2015

Ten Most Popular TED Talks on Energy

Probably at some point, someone has asked if you've seen the latest TED talk on so-and-so. The first time that happened to me, I was like, "Ted said what?"

But since then, I've become a fan of the 18-minute talks that spread ideas on technology, entertainment, and design (that's where the name TED comes from).

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So if you're looking to be educated, challenged, or even inspired in your work, here's a countdown of the ten most popular TED talks on energy.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 29, 2015

Five Questions and Answers on Real-time Energy Metering

We recently presented a webinar with Lucid Design Group on the relationship between real-time metering and utility bill dataand the savings opportunities they deliver. The webinar produced some good questions from the audience, and we're sharing the answers in today's blog.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 24, 2015

Energy Management Maturity Model [Infographic]

Ever since we started helping organizations track their utility bills 35 years ago, we've noticed two paths that organizations frequently travel on the road to energy management success. We focused on one of those paths in an earlier blog (the path of utility bill processing maturity).

Today we’ll focus on the path of energy management maturity. Like any path, it has a starting point, and a destination, with landmarks along the way. We’ve captured that path in an infographic, and are sharing it in this blog.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 1, 2015

How ENERGY STAR Calculates Your Building Rating

measureBuilding500In a previous blog, we discussed the value of the national CBECS survey in assessing the energy efficiency of buildings in your property portfolio.

Today, we are going to look at the process by which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) and other data and processes to develop its national ENERGY STAR building rating. And if you’re not yet tracking your building energy use with ENERGY STAR, here are five good reasons to get started!

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Topics: Energy Management

August 25, 2015

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