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InformationWeek covers "Real-time Analytics: 10 Ways to Get it Right"

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 10:45:28 AM by Helen Fairman

SiteSage was featured recently in a piece on the best ways to use real-time analytics in InformationWeek. Our customer Ken Syvarth at Restaurant Management Co., one of the largest U.S. Pizza Hut franchises, described one of the ways he finds SiteSage to be valuable:

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Posted in: Restaurant Energy Management, enterprise energy management

NYC’s Sub-Metering Law: Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM by Helen Fairman

Spreading responsibility for energy efficiency in commercial buildings

New York City’s Local Law 88 makes it one of the first cities in the nation to require electrical sub-meters to be installed in commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or greater in area, as well as in residential buildings with commercial tenants occupying over 10,000 square feet. Building owners are also required to upgrade their lighting to meet the city’s energy code with new light switches and LED bulbs.

In addition to installing a sub-meter for any tenant occupying 10,000 square feet or more, landlords will be required to deliver those tenants monthly statements showing electricity use. Smaller tenant spaces may share a sub-meter, with electricity allocated according to occupancy percentage.

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Posted in: Energy Efficiency, electricity bills, sitesage, small commercial facilities

The Myth vs. Reality of Energy Savings | Convenience Store News

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 1:40:33 PM by Helen Fairman

Powerhouse Dynamics CEO Martin Flusberg has written a post exclusively for Convenience Store News about energy savings at convenience stores and other 24/7 operations. Here's an excerpt:

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Posted in: Convenience Store Energy Management, convenience store, c-store

Energy efficient lighting for commercial buildings: LEDs & beyond

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 9:30:00 AM by Helen Fairman

Lighting accounts for about one-fifth of the electricity used by most types of commercial buildings. Owners and tenants looking to reduce energy costs often begin with the simple act of switching out the building’s lighting to light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) for a fast payback.

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Posted in: Energy Efficiency, small commercial facilities

Finalists! MassTLC Innovative Tech of the Year - Internet of Things

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 2:08:00 PM by Helen Fairman

We love celebrating wins at Powerhouse Dynamics, and humbly, we hope that you'll take a moment to celebrate this one with us.

Last week, we were named finalists for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) Leadership Awards in the Innovative Technology of the Year - Internet of Things category (whew, that was a mouthful!). We're thrilled to be recognized alongside behemoths like PTC and LogMeIn, and other hot tech companies like Ecovent and Openbay. According to MassTLC: 

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Posted in: sitesage, powerhouse dynamics, massachusetts, Internet of Things, masstlc

Restaurant Energy Use & Tips Infographic

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 1:11:00 PM by Helen Fairman

Many business owners experience high monthly electricity and utility bills, but they may not realize there are many appliances drawing unnecessary power. Monitoring and managing usage of appliances such as the air conditioner, refrigerator, or dining room lights can help lower monthly bills and energy usage. Our infographic provides details on what systems consume the most energy in a full-service restaurant and offers savings tips on various appliances and systems in the kitchen and dining area. Click to view our infographic and find out how your restaurant can save more energy.


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Posted in: Restaurant Energy Management

California drought: Innovative technologies will save farms and businesses water, energy, and money

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM by Helen Fairman

With the drought in California persisting for over four years now, clean, fresh water is at a premium. In order to conserve what little water is left, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2015, implementing mandatory water restrictions of 25 percent across the state. 

The order also set up a Water Energy Technology (WET) program to fund research on innovative water-saving technologies that will “increase energy efficiency at water-related facilities and enable the use of recycled water to provide better management in sectors that are typically large water users.”

Soon after the order was issued, the California Energy Commission quickly approved several research and demonstration grants, including:

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Posted in: Restaurant Energy Management, Convenience Store Energy Management, energy savings, smart building technology, water leaks

Powerhouse Dynamics Receives Green Newton Environmental Leadership Award

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 10:00:00 AM by Helen Fairman

We were honored recently with the 2015 Green Newton Environmental Leadership Award to a business. Green Newton is a much-honored organization with 25 years of climate stewardship and education under its belt. Recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its 2015 Merit Award for outstanding efforts in protecting New England's environment, Green Newton "is dedicated to creating an environment in better balance with the natural world by making significant, measurable improvements in the way we use resources."

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Posted in: powerhouse dynamics, Press, Sustainability, awards

Bipartisan energy efficiency law: The beginning of something good

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 5:07:00 PM by Helen Fairman

On April 30, President Obama signed into law a new bipartisan energy efficiency bill consisting of pieces of a larger bill that had been bogged down in Congress over the Keystone XL pipeline fight.

The modest but symbolic Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 535) sets up a new energy efficiency recognition program for commercial buildings—similar to the Energy Star program—and requires development of an energy efficiency best practices model for federal leasing.

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Posted in: Energy Efficiency, energy savings, enterprise energy management

1+1=3: Ecova + Powerhouse Dynamics = A Partnership Poised for Success

Posted on May 26, 2015 5:06:00 PM by Martin Flusberg

Cross-posted from the Ecova Insider blog.

Too many companies negotiate partnerships without ever establishing the basis for working together, or fully aligning their mutual interests with the structure of the relationship. More often than not these relationships fail.

Partnerships that are most likely to be successful and to yield positive results for both partners occur when each brings something to the table that complements what the other is offering. Not only does this provide a foundation for success, but it can also lead to a situation where the outcome goes beyond that which would result if each company delivered its solution independently. In other words, with these relationships: 1+1=3.

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Posted in: Retail Energy Management, Restaurant Energy Management, Convenience Store Energy Management, ecova, partnerships

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