April 23, 2014

Going green just got easier in California!

Going green just got easier in California! Good news for commercial property owners in California looking to go green! Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission introduced an innovative On-Bill Repayment (OBR) program that will ease the impact of investing in energy efficiency upgrades. The new pilot program, available in March 2013, allows commercial property […]

Myth #6: Energy efficiency funding is ripe for the picking

Myth #6: Energy efficiency funding is ripe for the picking In 2009, President Obama signed a stimulus package loaded with green energy provisions. Though the package was a huge step in the right direction, a significant portion of the programs were aimed at helping larger organizations and municipals make the switch to green energy. In […]

Myth #5 Green technology doesn’t play well with others

Myth #5 Green technology doesn’t play well with others To some people, green technology is like that whiney kid on the playground who wants to play by his own rules…or he’ll threaten to bike home and screw up the entire batting lineup. It’s true. A lot of green technology plays by its own set of […]

Myth #4: It’s all about the SEER rating

Myth #4: It’s all about the SEER rating If most consumers want to know the efficiency of their central air conditioner, they simply look to the SEER rating. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a metric used to measure how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. In […]

Green Technology Myth #2: Just look for the green label!

Green Technology Myth #2: Just look for the green label! These are exciting times for green technology. Every week it seems new energy efficient products hit the marketplace. But, with this new technology comes questions. Which products actually do what they say they will? It’s difficult for consumers to discern what’s truly green and what’s […]

Green Technology Myths

Green Technology Myths If the cooling industry were an automobile, most of the world would still be driving Henry Ford’s original Model T. Air conditioning is one area of the marketplace where time has essentially stood still for the last 100 years. Though more efficient, innovative models have entered the market since Willis Carrier’s first […]

We Made it Better

We Made it Better Extreme heat and Willis Carrier go hand-in-hand, as it was his invention, the air conditioner, that made a large portion of the globe habitable. Or better said, more comfortable. While compressor-based air conditioning has been a blessed invention to the masses, there are many negatives associated with this technology. Energy consumption, […]

The Truth About Water

The Truth About Water We’re having wild fires in Colorado. It’s a symptom of unusually dry weather here. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 95% of Colorado is currently experiencing varying stages of drought. And, we’re not alone. The Palmer Drought Index put 38% of the contiguous U.S. in the moderate to extreme drought categories […]

What’s a negawatt? And why is it so critical to your future business plan?

What’s a negawatt? And why is it so critical to your future business plan? Imagine a world where businesses get paid to save energy. In an article published by technology review last month, Jon Wellinghoff, chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the U.S. agency that regulates electricity transmission), said that world is closer than […]

NSIDC wins prestigious Uptime award

NSIDC wins prestigious Uptime award When it comes to data centers, the Uptime Institute wrote the book on best practices. Earlier this month, that book added a new chapter that tipped a hat to a group of innovative companies for their efforts in improving energy efficiency. Included in the group were our partners at the […]