Monthly Archives: April 2013

Energy Basics: What is an Energy Audit and Why Do It?

An energy audit is a systematic process of identifying the current equipment in a building, how much energy it uses, the cost to use that energy, and benchmarking it against other buildings of similar sizes and uses. An energy audit … Continue reading

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The Basics of New York City Local Law 87

If your facility is located in the five boroughs of New York City and is 50,000 square feet or more, Local Law 87 mandates conducting an energy audit and performing a retro commissioning study of the base building systems. The … Continue reading

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Community Supported Agriculture

What is a CSA? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA is where a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. CSA members … Continue reading

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Tax Time is Over – Start Planning for Next Year. Earn a Significant Tax Deduction for Certain Energy Efficiency Improvements!

The Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD), which was created by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 and extended by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, is scheduled to expire on December 31st of 2013. This … Continue reading

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Case Study: Bright Energy Services Manages Major Energy Upgrades for Manufacturing/Warehouse/Office Facility

Bright Energy Services led a team that provided technical and administrative assistance for a company to perform major energy upgrades. Colonial Needle operates two adjoining buildings in White Plains, NY, in which warehouse, office, and light manufacturing activities occur. The … Continue reading

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Considering a Lighting Retrofit

Lighting upgrade projects driven by improvements in technologies that use less electrical energy to generate the same light levels has been a part of the Lighting Retrofit Industry since the early 1990’s. The early utility incentive programs encouraged replacement of … Continue reading

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Is Serious Climate Change Legislation Coming?

President Barack Obama has made a strong case lately for serious national climate change legislation; that is, rules to incentivize facilities to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. With that in mind, new climate and energy legislation was announced … Continue reading

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