The Climate – Outside Your Building, and Inside Too.
New Mexico has been relatively lucky this summer — our 4-year drought has lessened, thanks to a monsoon season that began unusually early and is continuing. Arroyos have been running every so often, and parts of the state are GREEN; the trees in the mountains even look healthy. This is in line with both short-term […]
What is a heat island – and why don’t I want to go there?
A tropical island, with waving palm trees and gentle seas lapping at sandy beaches, can be an attractive dream – even in the middle of summer. A heat island, however, is not a comfortable place – especially in the middle of summer. According to the US EPA, in a city of over a million people […]
Should You Install Solar?
I think I’ve lost track of how many times people have asked me, “What do you think – should I install solar?” It’s a deceptively simple question, but in the same way a query such as, “Should I get a new bicycle?” should lead to more questions rather than a simple answer, I find it […]
SOLUTIONS, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, AND COMPUTERS
Bear with me, please, as I begin with a story – and I hope it will soon become clear that this blog really is about energy! A little while ago, I decided to look at buying a new computer. Mine wasn’t really broken – but it was sluggish, sometimes unreliable, and difficult to use with […]
There Are Always Ways to Save…
Recently, I worked with a client, assessing their energy use and making recommendations for savings. Their monthly energy bills averaged about $300 in the office building they owned, and because they are a small business each dollar they save is important – as is each dollar they spend. We’ve developed some practical approaches for these […]
LEED Green Building
Yesterday, I finally filed the paperwork to renew my LEED credential. (LEED “stands for green building leadership. LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe”, according to the US Green Building Council website, www.usgbc.org/leed) . That made me think about the “green […]
ENERGY AND FINANCES – AT THE CORE OF ALL ORGANIZATIONS
A previous blog noted that “Organizations are systems, too – and one framework to which all pieces of an organization are connected is the financial system. The first targeted blog in this series will be on how energy affects finances – and finances impact energy – in organizations.” The introductory blog noted some of the […]
ENERGY AND SYSTEMS / SYSTEMS AND ENERGY – INTRODUCTION
Well, that is wonderful!! You want to reduce your energy costs; cut your energy use; minimize your greenhouse gas emissions; cut your maintenance costs; reduce some of the operating risks you face – AND AT THE SAME TIME improve your staff’s comfort level; increase the value of your building and organization; upgrade your equipment; increase […]
Lights, Lights, and More Lights…
We all recognize the lights hanging in Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park workshop (now at Greenfield Village in Deaborn, Michigan). According to the website http://www.wrenscottage.com/gvm/invention/menlopark.php , “From 1876 to 1882, Edison and his skilled assistants created an amazing assortment of products, including inventing the phonograph and recording, developing methods of vacuum packing foods, developed the 3-wire […]
Understanding Energy Use
Simple data makes things real – but information makes things easier to understand. And understanding can go a long way towards allowing us to model, project, and control things like energy use. As a business owner, if I only have last month’s electric bill with its’ comparison to the previous month and to the same […]