Energy efficiency without trying (and with)

By Elisa Wood June 28, 2012 John Lennon wrote that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.  Apparently, the same is true of energy efficiency. Energy savings happen when we’re busy doing other things – Internet-based things specifically. We use email, bank online and download music not to save energy, but to make … [Read more...]

Achieving Net Zero Energy in Commercial Buildings Part 2

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com continues her interview with Jeff Blankman, sustainable manufacturing manager for McCormick and Co. and Michael Smith, vice president of solar and efficiency sales at Constellation Energy. They discuss Constellation Energy’s work at McCormick and Co.’s 363,000-foot distribution center, which is now a net-zero … [Read more...]

How to grow a solar energy garden

By Elisa Wood June 21, 2012 Getting energy from the sun is a great idea. However, installing solar panels house-by-house is slow, costly and cumbersome, and downright inefficient if the goal is to bring solar to the masses. This problem troubled Paul Spencer after he built his own uber-efficient, custom solar home near Aspen, Colorado in … [Read more...]

Achieving Net Zero Energy in Commercial Buildings Part 1

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Jeff Blankman, sustainable manufacturing manager for McCormick and Co. and Michael Smith, vice president of solar and efficiency sales at Constellation Energy. They discuss Constellation Energy’s work at McCormick and Co.’s 363,000-foot distribution center, which is now a net-zero … [Read more...]

Desert Year:$3 Trillion Thought Experiment for Rio+20

By Skip Laitner Guest blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets Reposted from Real Climate Economics June 13, 2012 Because I roam the desert a lot, the UV Index is something I pay attention to.  It is an international standard that measures the strength of ultraviolet radiation from the sun at a given time and place. Canada was the first to adopt such … [Read more...]

Feeding Exercise Energy Back Into the Grid

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Amber Maechler, a spokeswoman for Sports Art Fitness, which creates exercise products that generate electricity and feeds it back into the grid.   Feeding Exercise Energy Back Into the Grid] … [Read more...]

Benchmarking: How does your building stack up?

By David Pospisil Guest Blogger, Energy Efficiency Markets June 6, 2012 Energy benchmarking can help you better understand your commercial property’s energy use and monitor performance over time. It allows for comparisons among similar building types and helps identify which ones could operate more efficiently. The Environmental Protection … [Read more...]

The value of real-time energy information

Lisa Cohn of RealEnergyWriters.com interviews Chris Cantone, senior vice president, load response sales for Constellation Energy, about helping customers understand how they use power – and what it means for EE projects.   The value of real-time energy information ] … [Read more...]