EnergySMART

EnergySMART is a community of people who are passionate about energy and who are actively striving to make more intelligent energy management decisions.

What’s the Secret to CRE Energy Management Success?

Posted by Ali Zelisko on Aug 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This is the first post by Erin Simone, Marketing Communications Intern at EnerNOC. 

If you’re in commercial real estate (CRE), you know all too well how important a successful energy management plan is. It not only gives you a competitive advantage over your peers, but the way you optimize your energy use can actually be a real differentiator. So how do you make sure your energy management strategy leads the pack? It starts with taking a software-based, data-driven approach. Don’t believe me? Read on for 3 CRE energy management success stories of companies –  Beacon Capital Partners, a second large Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), and Westcor – that embraced their real-time energy data with energy intelligence software (EIS), to get great results.

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Why the Drought in the Western U.S. Matters to All of Us

Posted by Ali Zelisko on Aug 22, 2014 7:00:00 AM


This is a guest post from EnerNOC Energy Efficiency Analyst, Gabe Wolf.

It’s been all over the news: after months and months of extremely dry weather, nearly 50% of the U.S. is currently in a drought. Certain western states, like Arizona, California, and Nevada, are experiencing 100% drought conditions. This summer’s hot, dry weather hasn’t helped: the U.S. Drought Monitor, for the first time in its 25-year history, reported that 100% of California is in severe drought or worse. Lakes are low, rivers and watersheds are running dry, state and local governments have called for voluntary water conservation for months, and the devastation to the state’s agricultural industry has been substantial. As such, the state recently called for mandatory conservation actions.

Droughts aren’t just localized crisis, however. Water is an input in nearly everything we purchase, eat, and do  including the energy we consume – and the lack of it can wreak havoc on a business’ bottom-line and our economy as a whole. It’s easy to feel disconnected from the effects of a drought, but if we don’t act, that won’t be the case for long.

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3 Ways to Unlock Budget for Better Energy Management Tools

Posted by Thalia Pascalides on Aug 19, 2014 7:00:00 AM


You want to save money on energy, and you get that investments in energy management can deliver substantial ROI. But in order to get access to the tools you need, you need budget. Here are 3 creative ways to fund your investment in energy intelligence software (EIS), so you can begin reaping financial rewards and reducing bills right away.

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6 Easy Energy Savings Strategies You Might’ve Overlooked

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Aug 13, 2014 7:00:00 AM


How do you pinpoint the energy your facilities are wasting? If you’re like most of us, you do walk-throughs whenever you can, you check your utility bills for discrepancies, and you remind your team to be mindful. But we all end up feeling like we’re still missing something. Energy waste can be incredibly hard to locate, especially without being able to see your usage in real-time. Our Practice Lead of Education Services, Kurt Fisette—who’s personally worked with more than 400 customers during his time at EnerNOC—has used his experience analyzing real-time energy data to develop the six most frequently missed no-cost energy savings opportunities. Even for energy veterans, these six opportunities can be incredibly difficult to identify without real-time visibility into your energy usage.

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3 Predictions for Utilities: Why Enterprise Software Matters to Your Smart Grid

Posted by Kris Brewitt on Aug 7, 2014 7:00:00 AM


We’re inundated with trend lists and rankings on a daily basis, but this recent mid-year report card from T&D World on their “Top 5 Smart Grid Trends to Watch in 2014” does offer some interesting insight for utilities worth sharing. The five trends T&D World outlines not only highlight activities that are making our electric system ever smarter, but also underscore why this thing called “energy intelligence software” (EIS) that we talk about so frequently is essential to navigating the new energy industry world order. Connecting the dots between these trends, it becomes much clearer that this emerging category of enterprise software that leverages big data can help deliver tangible value to utilities and their customers.     

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When You Don’t Have Time for Energy Management

Posted by Sarah McAuley on Aug 5, 2014 7:00:00 AM


I recently joined a colleague for a meeting with a VP of Operations at a manufacturing company who manages a few different facilities across the Mid-Atlantic U.S. “I have money. What I don’t have is time,” he told us, which summed up a sentiment that is fairly common among the folks we work with: energy management often seems like more trouble than it’s worth. For instance, a project like an audit or a retro-commissioning (RCx) is backed by the best of intentions, and has a high promise for ROI, but ultimately, the final report and findings end up collecting dust on the shelf.

Therein lies the myth: that energy management is time-intensive. To help dispel that myth, here’s a list of the top 8 things that currently suck up your time – but that energy management tools can actually help streamline by helping you work smarter, not harder. The goal of the list is to make you think a little bit differently about energy management by looking at how energy intelligence software (EIS) is changing the paradigm. Good energy management is more than just boots on the ground; it’s about combining visibility into your energy data with the right tools to help you be more efficient and freeing up your most precious commodity: time.

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When the Best Laid Plans Go Awry: The Case for Persistent Visibility

Posted by Sarah McAuley on Jul 29, 2014 7:00:00 AM


An old colleague of mine once likened energy management to a balanced diet. Sure, you can crash diet before your 15-year reunion to dazzle people with your amazing physique, but if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, improve your energy levels, and live a longer, happier life, a healthy diet and regular exercise must be part of the ongoing routine. The same is true for energy management. Good energy management is an ongoing process, not a discrete event or project. The most efficient buildings will drift and the most optimized operational plans need ongoing review to ensure that savings are achieved and preserved over time.

Because I’m a big believer in “show, not tell,” I wanted to share two recent examples of customers that have used our energy intelligence software (EIS) to help define best practice operating conditions and monitor their results to ensure those best practices were followed. (Spoiler alert: they weren’t.)

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Cool Under Pressure: How Cold Storage and Grocery Leaders Use Energy Intelligence Software to Cut Energy Spending

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Jul 18, 2014 7:00:00 AM


Everyone working in cold storage understands that maintaining safe temperatures is absolutely critical. Conversely, keeping food well-stored can rack up energy bills in no time, especially during hours of peak demand. As consumers, we put our health in the hands of these enterprises, and hold them to the same high standards regardless of factors like weather, operating hours or inventory levels. With summer’s fiercest months about to impact North America, we’re taking a moment to consider how the industry leaders balance quality assurance and manageable energy spend using detailed insight from EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software (EIS).

More than 250 supermarket chains and cold storage facilities rely on EnerNOC to help optimize their energy use, including some of the most trusted names in the industry, from Stop and Shop to Associated Wholesale Grocers, Whole Foods, Four Seasons Produce, and Great Lakes Cold Storage.

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Redefining Energy Intelligence: Why I Joined the EnerNOC Team

Posted by Christopher Fiorello on Jul 16, 2014 7:00:00 AM


A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine popped into my office and said, “I have someone you need to meet.” At the time, we were looking for a new copywriter to join our team. I said, “Great, let’s schedule some time for us to grab coffee.” She replied: “One problem: he’s working in Lebanon for a non-profit and hasn’t moved back to the States yet.” Not one to let a mere 5,431 miles get in the way, we connected with Chris through the wonders of modern technology and were blown away by how much he embodied the three EnerNOC core attributes: Bright, Relentless, and Good. His passion for the challenges our customers face, his intellectual curiosity about the evolving energy management landscape, and his willingness to jump on a plane and relocate his life in a matter of a few short days so he didn’t miss out on our latest product launch drove home that we had found ourselves a valuable new team member. So with that, let me introduce the EnergySMART community to our newest copywriter who will be gracing these pages on a regular basis: Chris Fiorello. - Sarah McAuley, Director of Marketing Communications

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Predict Your Peak Demand and Lower Your Energy Bills

Posted by John duPont on Jul 11, 2014 7:30:00 AM


What could you do with day-ahead notification of peak demand charges?

Whether you’re in a deregulated market where peak demand charges can account for up to 30% of your bill or are in a regulated market where a higher peak demand often translates to a higher rate class, managing peak demand and adjusting when you use energy is a great way to drive savings for your organization.

To make peak demand more manageable, we believe facility managers need to be able to answer four key questions about their energy usage:

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Contributors

Sarah McAuley

Sarah's been bleeding EnerNOC blue for the last seven years as the Director of Marketing Communications. Prior to joining the team, she worked in the telecom industry, trying to convince telecom carriers to ditch antiquated switching technology and adopt voice-over-IP. She knows that uber-regulated industries like telecom and energy can have their challenges, but she's always loved being in the throes of an industry undergoing massive transformation.

Robin Deliso

As EnerNOC's Corporate Communications Manager, Robin works to build our brand in any way she can, which includes contributing to the blog and finding creative ways to tell the world about the company. She moved to Boston after several years in Washington, DC, and an adventure in Arkansas and has built a career in the sweet spot where marketing, sustainability and communications intersect.

Kirstyn Knox

As EnerNOC's resident Inbound Marketing Specialist, Kirstyn spends her days spreading the word about how EnerNOC is helping to change the way the world uses energy. Based in Boston, Kirstyn is passionate about building a brand that uses data to make business decisions with a positive impact on the environment.

Thalia Pascalides

As Content Marketing Manager, Thalia strives to deliver valuable, relevant information that helps energy managers become heroes in their everyday jobs. Thalia is a 7+ year EnerNOC veteran but a recent transplant to the west coast hub in San Francisco, where she’s inspired everyday by how technology is revolutionizing our world.  

Christopher Fiorello

Christopher brings experience in academic sociology, journalism and marketing for start-ups and corporations to the EnergySMART blog. He has written about everything from militant groups in the Middle East to marriage among immigrants, and most recently led product-marketing at a data visualization firm. He’s joined the EnerNOC team to help document the future of energy use.