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Unraveling the Energy Rebate Process for Your Chicago Commercial Building

Published: March 12, 2018

As a commercial building owner, you have more than enough on your plate without wading neck-deep into constantly-changing regulations and procedures that don’t impact your life or business. However, in the case of Chicago’s available energy rebates for commercial buildings, it’s definitely worth investigating and taking action where it makes sense.

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Best Practices for Data Center HVAC Usage and Maintenance

Published: February 19, 2018

With the average data center in and around Chicago using more than 100-times the energy of any other similarly-sized commercial facility, energy efficiency is understandably of keen interest to local companies in numerous industries. These buildings, dedicated to housing network servers and supporting equipment, are the hub for billions of increasingly vital online interactions and data storage that’s become essential to day-to-day life throughout our region.

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3 Reasons to Prioritize Mission Critical HVAC Services for Chicago’s Data Centers

Published: November 13, 2017

A company’s data center encompasses nearly all of the digital assets, customer interactions and transactions that pass through a business on a daily basis. It’s essentially the nerve center of the entire organization. No company can be fully prepared for the consequences of an outage at their data center.

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4 Reasons an Energy Star Rating Makes Sense for Chicago Commercial Buildings

Published: September 25, 2017

The Energy Star program is “the most successful voluntary energy conservation movement in history.” But is it just a feel-good thing to do, or is there any real business value in pursuing an Energy Star rating for commercial buildings?

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Commercial HVAC Issues that Could Be Wasting Money

Published: March 15, 2017

Just like any other business, a commercial building needs to bring in more money than it costs, or it’s not going to last long. Many building owners are shocked to learn how much money they’re wasting due to relatively simple HVAC issues that go unresolved. If you’re looking for ways to economize, here are three areas you can look into with the help of a professional commercial HVAC company:

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Exploring Energy Rebates to Boost Your Commercial Facility’s ROI

Published: October 03, 2016

Have you ever found a wallet lying on the ground?

If so, you’ll understand the different factors that go into deciding what to do in such a situation. You could pick it up, take any cash that’s in it, and drop it in a garbage can. And, in all likelihood, you’ll never be reminded of it again. Or, you could do the right thing by locating the wallet’s owner and returning it to him intact.

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High Energy Efficiency is Not Always the “Best-Fit” Option for Mechanical Systems

Published: September 19, 2016

Energy efficiency is of prime concern to businesses and individuals alike, both from a financial and an ecological standpoint. On the surface, it makes sense to push for the highest possible efficiency for mechanical systems, in order to save the most money.

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Save Green by Going Green: Energy Efficiency Incentives for Commercial Buildings

Published: September 12, 2016

While we contend that investing in energy efficiency for your commercial building almost always pays for itself through enhanced performance and reduced operational costs, there’s another big financial factor that some building owners and facility managers may not be aware of.

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HVAC System ROI: The Power of Metrics

Published: August 30, 2016

Commercial facility owners and managers find incredible value in using operating costs, projected usage, historic analysis, and other metrics that have a bearing on the true ROI of an HVAC upgrade. These metrics enable facility owners to quantify the value of investing in commercial HVAC services. Here is a real-life example of a project driven by such data.

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HVAC Analytics - How to Turn Data into Bottom Line Profit

Published: June 15, 2016

The widely-quoted maxim is: “What gets measured gets improved.”

This is true in the area of HVAC system upgrades and commercial facility energy optimization as it is anywhere else: In order to effectively improve a commercial building’s energy efficiency and see real, tangible results that affect the bottom line, the hardware and software needs to work together to actively collect, analyze, and act on a tremendous amount of data.

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