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Your building’s energy systems are critical to employee productivity and their work environment, customer, employee, patient and student comfort and health and how effectively your business functions. If you are paying high utility rates, seeing escalating equipment repair costs, or are hearing negative internal or external feedback about your buildings, it’s probably time to consider a retrofit. 

Our team  of energy auditors, energy consultants, financial consultants, lighting architects, project managers and electricians will handle all of your project's details from initial energy audit and assessment, retrofit or replacement options & design to installation, warranty support and M&V followup to verify projected savings.

Here are the key pieces of equipment to assess:

Lighting System, Controls & LED IoT

LED IoTSince about 40%-60%* of the energy costs of office buildings and warehouses are from your lighting system, if your system is nearing 10 years or older, you have less efficient systems that are producing uneven or poor light, or if you're starting to see electrical ballast failures, then it’s definitely time to switch to LED lights.

As much as 50% of lighting energy savings can be achieved with lighting controls.

(*Office Buildings: 43%; Warehouses: 60%; Grocery Stores: 18% - *Source: US Energy  Information Administration)

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Backup and Emergency Generators

Whether caused by a Mother Nature, a "Rolling Brownout" or accident, few businesses can operate without electricity.  Protect your business with a backup generator.  Our Engineer, Project Manager and Support Team will handle your entire electric gas-and-diesel-electric-generatorgenerator installation from design to start-up thru maintenance including:

  • Designing a custom natural gas or diesel powered electric generator system to suit your needs.
  • Assisting with financing and/or grants and incentives.
  • Obtaining necessary local permits.
  • Installing and maintaining Electric Generator System with 24 x 365 Emergency Response so you don't have to worry about losing power.

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HVAC Units

If you've got a rooftop HVAC unit in the 15 to 20-year old range, it's probably time to replace it. These systems are out in the weather and can leak, letting in excessive cold or hot outside air. New ones are much more efficient. Taking into account degradation, a new unit can be up to twice as efficient as your old degraded units, cutting energy use in half. Many RTU manufacturers have begun incorporating energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) for pretreating outside air, savings energy and improving indoor air quality. Variable speed drives can cut fan energy in half during periods with light loads.

Boilers and Chillers

Boilers and chillers are large, expensive pieces of equipment, and need careful analysis. The useful life will vary depending on its design and use, but it’s probably in the 15-25 year range. Low efficiency indicators include spending money on parts and labor, downtime and higher energy bills. Large college campuses, for example, are finding savings by replacing aging steam systems with more efficient lower temperature hot water systems.

Steam chiller- any age

In the past, some facilities installed steam or hot water driven chillers that used natural gas and reduced peak electrical demand. These devices, called adsorption chillers, are inefficient. A modern electric chiller is 7 times more efficient than a steam chiller. Look into energy costs and why that chiller was put in in the first place. You may find savings with a replacement.

Building Management Systems (BMS)

If you haven't installed a new software system in the last five years, you probably need an upgrade. If you haven't done much with the system in 15 years, you may need to replace parts like sensors or buy some more advanced equipment. The newest BMS are much more advanced and easier to use than older systems.

Consider the costs, including the cost of delay

Financially, do a quick cost-benefit analysis of upgrades. This includes assessing: 1) the initial upfront cost of new equipment; 2) annual energy and non-energy savings associated with the upgrade, 3) the cost of keeping your old inefficient equipment running, including service contracts, in-house labor, parts, maintenance, emergency calls, or even downtime; and 4) the cost (or lost savings) from delaying or pushing out the implementation of key upgrades into the future. When all of these factors are assessed, investing in energy efficiency upgrades can make a lot of sense. One added critical financial piece to consider is the potential advantage of bundling upgrades—particularly lower-cost upgrades like LED lights and controllers with longer payback items like a new chiller—for efficiency gains. If you have challenges obtaining sufficient internal capital to implement your upgrades, or can’t get enough internal funding because the return on efficiency upgrades don’t meet your internal hurdle rates, consider our financing options or a "Lumens as a Subscription" Agreement (LaaS). An LaaS will help you overcome the financial and implementation obstacles that may be preventing your buildings from reaching peak efficiency while maximizing financial gain.

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