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Let’s Connect at the 2020 Virtual ACEEE Summer Study

Instead of engineers gathering by the picturesque oceanside retreat of Asilomar, energy expertise will be shared purely with pixels, both of people and papers. Though our energy engineers at kW Engineering will miss the randomly assigned dining hall seating, and indecisiveness around choosing which presentations to attend, they are excited to share energy efficiency insights

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Benefits of an Energy Consultant: Increase Profits, Reduce Carbon Footprints, and Improve Occupant Comfort, Health and Safety

When seeking and improved occupant comfort, health and safety, businesses, and institutions may find energy consultants a valuable resource for achieving these goals. Implementing energy saving projects and reducing energy waste in buildings, facilities, and across portfolios, can lower utility bills which results in increased profits and lower carbon emissions. This is energy efficiency in

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What is an ASHRAE Commercial Building Energy Audit Report?

If you reside outside the world of energy efficiency, you might not be familiar with an energy audit. Perhaps you just want to reduce operating expenses by lowering your utility bills? Maybe you need to meet corporate sustainability goals? An energy audit can be the first step in reducing energy use, increasing property value and

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What are the different types of building commissioning?

When you get a bunch of energy engineers in a room you’ll start hearing a lot of acronyms like Cx, RCx, and MBCx to name a few. It can be overwhelming to anyone not living and breathing building energy efficiency. So, let’s break down what they all mean in terms of optimizing your building’s energy

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3 Tips to Save Energy and Money by Powering Down Your Office This Holiday

Your employees may be on vacation but your computers and office equipment don’t get one, unless you give them one. With sparsely occupied offices over the holidays, it’s the perfect time to think about how your business can save energy and help the planet by turning off unneeded computers and office equipment. Here are three

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How to Lower Your Electric and Gas Bill with Free Money and Assistance

Did you know your business, municipality, campus or institution could receive incentives or no-cost technical support to investigate and implement energy-saving projects in your building? Utilities offer and procure energy efficiency programs to increase building energy efficiency. The goal of these programs is to save energy by resolving inefficient building operations and replacing inefficient equipment,

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What’s the Difference Between a Commercial Building Energy Audit and Retro-Commissioning?

There are many tools of the trade in the world of building energy efficiency. Knowing the difference between approaches, like the difference between a commercial building energy audit and retro-commissioning, can help you take the next best step to lower your energy bills, while meeting your immediate economic needs. Sometimes you want to simply, inexpensively,

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California Could Benefit from the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) Extension Facing Forecasted Peak Generation Shortfalls

(Title Image Source: CA ISO) Time could be running out for American businesses and homeowners to receive the full amount of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for installing solar (photovoltaic or PV) systems, and it couldn’t be worse timing for California. Beginning January 1, 2020, the ITC is set to begin stepping down. Recently,

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City Ordinance Energy Benchmarking and Audit Requirements {California AB 802}

The next milestone in Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802) reporting is here. Last year was the first year the legislation took effect, requiring building energy benchmarking for many buildings in California. Another year in expands the population of buildings now required to benchmark. In addition, there are updates to city required benchmarking in: San Francisco,

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