May 10th, 2011 by Steve Hill
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The title poses an interesting question. We may all jump on the energy saving and efficiency bandwagon but have we asked this question, or are we following the crowd without stopping to think?
Are we also acting in the best way, using the best strategies to become energy efficient?
To the answer the main question as to why energy efficiency matters, apart from good house keeping in the sense of stopping waste, the environmental concern has got to underline our actions, even if it is the size of our utility bills that provide the prompt.
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April 18th, 2011 by Steve Hill
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As an Energy Engineer I use this saying. “A single data point is worth 1000 opinions”.
This phrase will inevitably come up during my discussions with clients who are trying to justify an investment into power monitoring equipment.
Now envision a team of Managing Directors, Procurement and Production Managers all wringing their hands over whether to move forward with an energy monitoring/reduction program. Each personality will enter the discussion from a differing mindset offering their “opinions” as to the usefulness of data monitoring, as with Enigin PLC’s Eniscope.
» Read more: The Importance of Power Monitoring
March 7th, 2011 by Steve Hill
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I was sat reading the newspaper on Saturday, the UK’s Guradian, which I chose to buy because it had a free offer my wife would appreciate, when I read an article on action in the USA to stymie energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction measures.
Recently I wrote a post based on what one of our U.S. Enigin Partners had sent through to me regarding the challenges in the States from politicians to sustainability efforts – the Guardian article is moving the story on a little further.
The original story appeared on the Guardian blog on Friday, written by Suzanne Goldenberg, the paper’s US environment correspondent and should be of great interest to not only the population of the states, but in fact the global community.
» Read more: The U.S. set for Unsustainability
March 3rd, 2011 by admin
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I found this great post by By Harry Hobbs of the InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco on greenbiz.com that makes very interesting reading for anyone interested in saving energy.
The original post is from January and has been overtaken by events in San Francisco, where last week I reported on the Enigin news feeds that that the city’s non-commercial buildings will be required to report their energy use/efficiency, but this article is still of interest for the points it makes. If you are a business owner, a decision maker or landlord take this post on board.
» Read more: Benchmark Your Building and Save
February 15th, 2011 by Steve Hill
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An Enigin Partner in the USA, emailed me recently as he wanted me to post an article on the Enigin News Feed system about the challenge enlightened people face with regard to climate change and the environment.
It does appear to me to be a very polarized political matter in the US – the right hate any mention of climate change while the lefts, of course, take up the opposite view and wish to act – surely the matter is of such importance that a consensus on action being taken should be accepted. The extent of and timing of action then comes into debate, but without a lot of difference – which appears to be the case for most other countries.
Here is the report that Rob wanted to share – from The Hill:
» Read more: US Republicans want to Block EPA while Democrats will Block the Block
January 9th, 2011 by Steve Hill
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Despite not agreeing legally binding commitments to reduce emissions, the Cancun conference does give more momentum to global, regional and local efforts to address climate change. As a result, the creation of incentives, penalties and trading arrangements in various forms in different markets becomes more likely. The UK’s Carbon Trust have produced this interesting posting.
The outcome of the conference reinforces our view that businesses should proactively address the business opportunities and risks around climate change to maximise shareholder returns.
» Read more: Cancun’s Conference – How Businesses Affected
December 3rd, 2010 by Steve Hill
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The UK paper The Guardian carried a great article by Vinod Thomas, director-general, evaluation, World Bank Group, and Kenneth Chomitz, a senior adviser with the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank, with the byline of highlighting the barriers to the Cancun Climate Change summit to progress to action.
Often these “Myths” are used to falter and slow down climate change actions and laws.
Please enjoy the article and consider the impact those in the energy saving industry can in the battle against climate change.
Four myths that hold back progress in fighting climate change
Myth No 1: Energy efficiency can’t meet energy needs
Energy efficiency doesn’t get enough respect. “You can’t grow with energy efficiency,” say fans of flashy new power plants, “and you can’t provide energy access to the poor.” Untrue, because people don’t really care about energy, but rather about the light, heat, and transport that it animates. Energy efficiency can provide these services cheaper, faster, and with less environmental damage than new generation.
Indeed, we find that many kinds of energy efficiency offer economic returns that dwarf those of most other development projects. In Ethiopia, for instance, a $5m scheme to distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs obviated the need to spend $100m to lease and fuel diesel power plants. Vietnam, too, has met rapidly growing demand for energy in part through efficiency investments. Promoting energy efficiency right now helps defer the need to build long-lived fossil fuel plants, buying time for wind and solar power to become more cost-competitive.
November 15th, 2010 by Steve Hill
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This is excellent article was written by AT & T’s John Schinter for GreenBiz.com, I would like to share it with you.
When Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu talks about energy efficiency, he has been known to repeat this mantra: “Energy efficiency is not just low-hanging fruit; it is fruit lying on the ground.”
As Director of Energy for a large corporation like AT&T, I must admit that my first reaction is slightly defensive: “Wait a minute, it’s not that easy.” However, the essence of what Secretary Chu is saying is absolutely true. Effective energy management helps reduce a company’s environmental impact and benefits the company’s bottom line. Below, I have outlined 10 ways that a company can be effective in improving its energy management and efficiency.
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October 25th, 2010 by Steve Hill
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Anissa S. Febrina has written and interesting article in the Jakarta Post about upgrading buildings so they are energy efficient.
The article, most of which appears below, states how often finding the money for the energy monitoring solutions and the load-side products can be a stumbling block, but the article explains that the money saved from reduced energy bills over a fairly short period provides a great return on investment.
What is also of interest is the article does highlight how Indonesia is now realising how important it is to become energy efficient. I know from speaking to people from Indonesia that climate change, energy efficiency and security has not been a concern – hence it is good to see they are sitting up and taking notice.
» Read more: Upgrade to Energy Efficiency