IMPROVING ENERGY PERFORMANCE
Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro and geothermal are receiving a great deal of focus since they are a clean and inexhaustible form of energy.
A key factor for commercial building owners and management of other commercial businesses like restaurants, car dealerships, houses of worship and grocery stores is a term called Demand-Side Management. Simply put, the primary goal of demand-side management is to provide the means for commercial operations to use less energy during peak hours. This is typically accomplished by modifying energy demand though the application of various physical, mechanical and behavioral changes. By focusing on key areas like lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation, EEI can tailor solutions that will improve the energy efficiency operations of these significant building systems.
Renewable energy can be delivered commercially in many ways to service clients depending upon location, accessibility and availability. Some primary and popular forms of renewable energy include: Photovoltaic (PV) solar energy, solar hot water systems, wind energy (i.e., wind turbines), hydrogen, and other types of fuel cells, biofuels, bioenergy, geothermal energy (i.e., geothermal heat), ocean energy, and hydropower (i.e., dams).
Improving energy performance within a commercial structure happens when solutions are customized for each specific client’s needs. Energy efficiency is a moving target because technology which delivers retrofit applications for a business is always growing and improving. Whether it be power-cycling applications for refrigeration systems, solar-powered daylighting systems for warehouse installations or LED area lighting in a grocery store, restaurant or office building, real bottom line net profit increases are tangible with short Return on Investments (ROI’s) because hardware costs are not a major stumbling block.
EEI’s complete energy efficiency services provided by its highly trained and seasoned personnel can provide clients with real-time measured results of energy retrofit applications. Data outputs via Wi-Fi cover a multitude of platforms and metrics so that management has the insight necessary on daily operations in order to deal with supply chain and operational issues.