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solar CEJA Illinois
Oct 25 2021

CEJA Law Passes in Illinois

September 2021  Illinois had some exciting legislation passed last month. CEJA, or the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, will stabilize our solar PV (photovoltaic) market in Illinois and provide essential funding for EV Car Charging Stations. Illinois has…

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inflation and energy costs
Sep 03 2021

Inflation – How does it impact investments in Sustainability and should it change our strategy?

Back when I was a firefighter, I was incredibly lucky to study Economics and Environmental Policy at the University of Chicago in a graduate degree.  In fact, much of my business is centered around a…

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Night and security led
Mar 15 2021

LED and Fluorescent Emergency Ballast

As we continue to replace older lighting to LED, it is important to understand building and life safety code as we retrofit old lights to more modern systems. Emergency ballasts are one of the most…

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apparatus bay energy efficiency
Mar 15 2021

Energy Savings Formula

In 2002, I became a firefighter in the north suburbs of Chicago.  I was young and idealistic - loving almost every part of the job. However, I had another secret passion - sustainability.   In addition…

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dragon boat race
Dec 22 2020

I Intend to Create Change in 2021

Creating an organization is very difficult work, but there are tools to make it easier. Growing from a single person that did everything (screwed in the lightbulbs, processed utility paperwork, created invoices and sales) to…

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led controlled lighting
Nov 30 2020

Photocells for LED Lights

Daylight harvesting and Photocell controls have a huge benefit for building and lighting controls, but do you know the difference between these two common energy efficiency terms? Photocells Photocells have been around for a long…

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greenheck exhaust fans
Nov 23 2020

2021 Comed Rebates for Fast Food Restaurants

2021 will be an exciting year for the overall Comed Energy Efficiency Rebates and Incentives.  While 2020 was rough on the economy as a whole, the incentive program is tax funded through a line item…

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sustainable images for grocery stores
Nov 22 2020

Convert Fluorescent with Ballasts to LED with Drivers

Most lighting and lamps for commercial and municipal buildings over the past 50 years have been fluorescent lighting.  New construction is entirely made of LED, which lasts longer and is more efficient. However, converting or…

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solar sales team
Nov 05 2020

Net Present Value – Business Energy Savings over Time

In commercial buildings, there are always repairs and maintenance to be done, from the biggest manufacturer to the smallest retail shop.  Municipal buildings can be very similar in usage, although quite different in how they…

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retro-commissioning
Sep 01 2020

Retro-commissioning Your Building to Its Intended Design

In the Comed Energy Efficiency Program, one of the more interesting and complex energy savings opportunities is through the Retro-commisioning program. Buildings that are 10 years or older start to hit the magic age when…

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pelican smart thermostat
Aug 23 2020

Pelican Smart Thermostat Site Manager

Commercial HVAC equipment is a huge energy user in Chicago - cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. Sensors, controls, and smart thermostats are essential to optimize equipment usage, and the Pelican smart…

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best smart thermostat
Jun 24 2020

Nest Smart Thermostat Portal

Our company frequently recommends and installs smart thermostats for our commercial and public sector clients. If you are considering or have a Nest Smart Thermostat, this is a good post for you. Smart thermostats are…

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