Creative Lighting Solutions Using Title 24

California Title 24 is a series of energy efficiency mandates for roofing, insulation, windows, lighting, and HVAC systems. Title 24 is relevant to all of us. It has iterated into something well beyond its original scope in the state of California. It’s now considered the gold standard of U.S. energy efficiency. In fact, California’s Building …

The Five C’s of Preventative HVAC Maintenance

Autumn/early winter is an ideal time to perform preventative maintenance on your HVAC systems and switch schedules (we call them “profiles”) in your energy management system. Achieve energy savings as high as 25 percent by running clean HVAC equipment versus machines with dirty coils and/or filters (according to a recent ASHRAE study). Justin Lendowski, HVAC expert …

Are You Relying on Air Conditioners to Control Humidity?

Maybe you learned about it in Earth Science class, back in the day: air conditioners can reduce humidity. They do this by pulling warm air in and cycling it over cold coils. It produces condensation, removing moisture and reducing humidity in the air.  Now you’re an adult, living in the real world. There’s more to …

Bed Bugs Love Humidity

Humidity causes mold and mildew (along with other headaches for property owners). Are you aware that some insects are attracted to mold and mildew as a food source? Here are some of the most common insects that eat mold and mildew: Cockroaches Mold mites Termites Other insects, even if they don’t feast on mold, just …

Shopping for New Thermostats? Be Prepared with Answers

Are you shopping for smart thermostats and an energy management system for your property?A savvy HVAC controls company will ask you a series of questions, some of which may surprise you. “What is your occupancy rate?” Occupancy detection technology is responsible for significant energy savings because it takes advantage of unoccupied rooms. When no one …

Rebate Basics

Occupancy-Based Thermostats Replace Outdated Setback Design Rebates, like other rebates, are not based on specific brands. However, thermostat design is a consideration. John Skibinski, Project Development Engineer at Telkonet explains, “rebate companies are no longer looking for setback thermostats on the commercial side. That wording has been dropped. “Setback thermostats were installed, but were rarely …

Actionable Data

What does “Actionable Data” mean? It’s more than a simple industry buzzword. We take this term seriously. We encourage you to do the same. A powerful energy management platform extracts REAL data, then takes it one step further by analyzing that data. That enables YOU to take appropriate action. When data is extracted in real …

Google’s Nest vs. Energy Management Systems

You’ve likely heard about Nest. It’s Google’s version of a smart thermostat for residential markets. Nest and its competitors (like EcoBee) are available at your neighborhood big box retail store. They’re quick to set up. They’re considered “smart” technology: they can be integrated with other home devices like doorbells, garage door openers, lights and more. …