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Baby, It’s Cold Inside: Heat Recovery and Its Energy-Saving Implications

Statement of the obvious: It takes a lot of energy to heat something up by hundreds of degrees in a relatively short period of time. The U.S. Department of Energy states that heating processes use about 5.2 quadrillion BTUs energy annually, which equals nearly 17 percent of all industrial energy use. In many industrial applications, […]

The Flea Market Principle of Sustainability

This month, let’s consider the flea market principle of sustainability. That’s the concept that says your trash may be someone else’s treasure. There are plenty of examples in the consumer market: paper made out of recycled waste paper, hats made out of used plastic bottles, handbags made out of thrown-away Capri Sun containers. With some […]

Mapping Your Electrons: The Path to Smart Energy Conservation

Here’s a question for you—try to answer truthfully. Do you know how energy flows through your facility? We’re not just talking high-level here. Can you quantify just how much energy is being used by the myriad of energy-consuming devices in your facility? And if you run a manufacturing plant, can you quantify how much energy […]

How Green Is Your Grass?

Perhaps the color is a lovely shade of grass green, but from both an economic and environmental perspective, just how green is all that manicured lawn out there? The answer is: not very. In the last few years interest in native grasses and their use in corporate environments has been driven by two complementary sets […]

What Is An Energy Audit and Why Do I Need One?

With the dramatic jump in PPL electricity rates on January 1, 2010, and the pending PECO increases on January 1, 2011, savvy business owners are investigating energy audits for their businesses. But what exactly are energy audits, what can they accomplish and what should you look for in having one done? Energy audits are one […]

How Incentive Programs Can Offset Your Rising Energy Costs

For those of you who are PPL customers, how did you like that last electric bill your company received? Something of a shock, perhaps? The rate cap for electricity generation expired on January 1, 2010, for all customers of PPL, and prices zoomed up 20 – 40%. And we’re betting for that much extra electrical […]

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