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  1. First 17 Multifamily Buildings Receive ENERGY STAR

    January 6, 2015 | 0 comments

    In late 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that existing multifamily facilities now qualify for ENERGY STAR certification. (Previously, only new multifamily facilities could apply for certification.) As of November 2014, ENERGY STAR has officially certified the first 17 existing multifamily properties in the country.

    So why did the U.S. EPA decide to offer ENERGY STAR certification to existing multifamily housing facilities? Research indicates that multifamily properties can become up to 30% more efficient by 2020 simply by reducing the amount of energy they consume. (more…)


  2. Comparing Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

    April 8, 2014 | 1 comment

    Two high-efficiency commercial lighting options have hit the market in the last few years: CFL (compact fluorescent) and LED (light-emitting diode) lighting.

    These energy-saving bulbs may cost more upfront, but they typically last longer than their counterparts and can make a positive impact on utility bills. When you factor in maintenance and replacement savings, CFLs and LEDs both offer benefits. How do you decide which is best for your commercial building?
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  3. Free Energy Management Resources

    December 24, 2013 | 1 comment

    As we head into 2014, there’s no doubt that saving energy will be at the forefront for all facilities managers and building owners. But improving energy efficiency doesn’t have to consume all of your time; there are thousands of suggestions and ideas readily available (if you know where to look).

    To close out 2013, here are some free online resources you can bookmark and use in 2014 to keep your energy savings in check, and set some new green goals … (more…)


  4. Small Ways to Improve Energy Management

    October 13, 2013 | 0 comments

    When you’re thinking about building efficiency, some obvious suggestions come to mind: turn off the lights, adjust temperatures, and reduce plug load. But there are other green choices you may not think about that can also positively impact your building’s energy management goals.
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  5. Proof of Window Film Energy Savings

    July 16, 2013 | 3 comments

    There are lots of options for facilities managers who want to invest in products that will reduce energy bills. But how do you know how much money you’ll truly save? Will the product live up to its claims? (more…)


  6. 5 most cost effective home energy updates

    July 11, 2013 | 0 comments

    Photo credit: Muffet

    These days, it’s important for your home to be as energy efficient as possible. But some energy-saving projects can seem overwhelming because of the amount of time and money involved. However, there are simpler ways for you to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Here are five easy and cost effective tips to help you save energy. (more…)


  7. Programs that Save Water and Energy

    March 7, 2013 | 1 comment

    Some organizations stand out for saving energy; some stand out for saving water. But the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) recently recognized five U.S. organizations for exceptional efficiency in both energy and water savings.

    According to the ACEEE, programs that focus on saving water and energy are relatively new and not broadly understood. These five programs stand out as (more…)


  8. Saving Energy through Demand Response Programs

    October 16, 2012 | 1 comment

    By temporarily reducing your building’s electricity use through a demand response program (also known as load response), you can help keep infrastructure systems reliable, reduce emissions, and control costly energy infrastructure investments.

    Demand response programs offered by utilities encourage facilities professionals to lower facility energy use during tight power supply, when wholesale power supply rates are high, or when local distribution equipment approaches capacity limits. These events may occur (more…)


  9. Top Energy-Saving Products for Facilities Managers

    May 22, 2012 | 0 comments
    A wide variety of products and solutions are available to help facilities managers better control energy and water use, manage costs, and save time. Some of these products are rising above the rest when it comes to improving building performance; as a result, they’re receiving national attention from commercial building magazines. Check out just a few of these products that are improving energy efficiency, and find out why they’re being recognized.

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  10. Occupant Behavior Shapes Energy Use

    April 4, 2012 | 2 comments

    The best-laid plans for energy efficiency can be thwarted by occupant behavior: open windows, space heaters, or task lights. Technology and building automation only take sustainability so far before facilities managers have to rely on occupants to support green actions.

    Experts at Jones Lang LaSalle report that, in the properties they manage, between 50 and 60 percent of energy use is directly related to how tenants and occupants use their space. Getting occupants engaged takes more than a reminder to turn off lights; it requires dedication, time, and the right tools and resources. (more…)