Do you know which utility costs are rising the fastest? Looking within the province of Ontario and the City of Toronto, the results may surprise you. It may be difficult to decide which energy efficiency measures would be of the greatest benefit to your building. Natural gas prices have steadily lowered, but seem to be

As a Building Owner or Manager you have set energy conservation and financial improvement targets, you have done your research and determined that an energy audit is the best place to start for your facility and your organization. You may have also reviewed the ASHRAE Article 10 Things to ask for in an Energy Audit and

The chart below illustrates the water use in a typical multi-residential building. Faucet Aerators typically allow 2.2 usgpm flow, but can be as high as 4 to 5 usgpm. Low flow Aerators are available, and range from 0.5 to 1.5 usgpm, with 1.0 usgpm used the most. They are available in Vandal Resistant (need a

How do you know if you are getting value for the money you spend on an energy audit? 1. A Proper Utility Bill Analysis Insist that the auditing firm use software specifically designed for utility bill analysis. It should adhere to the process defined in ASHRAE Guideline 14 – Measurement of Energy & Demand Savings.

What to Look for in a Quality LED

Friday, 11 October 2013 by

With thousands of manufacturers and distributors of LEDs, how does the consumer determine which product to invest in? Cost, average lamp life claims, and warranties vary greatly from product to product, so what helps the consumer steer clear of inferior products? In an effort to accelerate the adoption of the quality Solid State Lighting (SSL)

Global Adjustment

Monday, 07 October 2013 by

Many electrical bills in Ontario have a line item called “Global Adjustment”. The purpose of this line item is to account for the difference between the market rate for electricity and the rate paid by Ontario to regulated and contracted electricity generators. In theory, this value can be either negative or positive. That is, it

10 Common Problems in Energy Audits

Friday, 27 September 2013 by

Energy audits drive energy savings in existing buildings.  Good energy audits followed by solid implementation result in substantial energy savings.  Bad energy audits, no matter how good the implementation, result in lower-that-expected savings or no energy savings – and occasionally even increased energy use, wasted investment, angry building owners, and a bad name for energy