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Jan 13 2018

International Manufacturing of LED Fixtures

I recently had the opportunity to visit a lot of our international manufacturing partners in Shenzhen China. Shenzhen is a fascinating town, one of the 14 cities with more than 5 million people. I was…

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Jan 11 2018

Where Are the Best Places for Linear LEDs in Commercial Offices?

Let me turn the tables a bit and ask you a question, buster. Do you currently have linear fluorescent fixtures in your office lighting? You do? Well badda bing bada boom, there you go. You…

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Jan 09 2018

5 Tips for Improving Commercial Refrigeration Energy Efficiency

Commercial refrigeration represents about 7% of total commercial building energy usage in the U.S. In supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, refrigeration, hospitals, and hotels can account for half of the total energy usage. But, by applying…

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Jan 08 2018

Do You Need a Ballast for LED Lights?

The water fountain spigot kind of acts like a ballast in this situation. A ballast regulates the current that’s coming at a lamp. It gives an initial burst just to get things going, then it…

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Jan 03 2018

International Manufacturing and Inventory Solutions

Inventory is a huge challenge for a growing business, and I have been surprised to find that it has been harder than I expected to manage in my growing enterprise. Too much inventory on hand…

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Dec 28 2017

9 Reasons to Repair or Replace Your Business’ HVAC System

In my energy efficiency firm, we mostly focus in terms of ROI on energy efficiency regarding lighting, refrigeration, weatherization, smart thermostats, and computer management. However, HVAC systems are much more complicated, and most of the…

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Dec 27 2017

Adaptability to Thrive: Chuck Matthews of Matthews Fan Company Podcast

A hobby was sparked for Chuck Matthews back in 1986 when he was gifted a trip to Sao Paolo, Brazil and noticed an intriguing fan buzzing above him. With the help of a friend, he…

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Dec 26 2017

Tips on Increasing Your Adaptability

Adaptability is a concept that many businesses strive for, but many miss in the busy-ness of the day-to-day. When routines are established and business seems easy, it's hard to think, "hmm, I really need to…

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Dec 23 2017

Sustainable Solutions to Address a High Electric Bill

There are lots of sustainable solutions that you can do as a business owner. Most of the decisions do not solely get based on what is good for the environment (and that’s OK), but instead…

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Dec 23 2017

What Is the Cost of a Smart Thermostat?

We’ll compare two big name smart thermostat brands. While there are options outside of what I’m mentioning, they will likely fall in line with the pricing of the models I will discuss. Nest comes in…

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Dec 22 2017

Can You “Plug & Play” with Led Tubes?

Tube LED or not Tube LED...That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to change a ballast or….I’ll stop there. When staring at a fluorescent fixture you will typically be staring at either…

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Dec 21 2017

What Is an ECM Type Motor?

There are many different types of electric motors, but there are three types used mainly in HVACrefrigeration applications. The microprocessor allows the ECMs to more precisely control eddy currents Eddy currentsare naturally created magnetic fields…

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