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Saving Energy

I'm finding ways on how to save energy in our company. We have done everything from metering our consumption, replacing ineffective tools, upgrading our insulation, etc. I wonder if there is a company or a service provider that will help us manage our energy consumption. I have heard of this but I’m not quite sure on how it works. Do you have any experiences regarding this?
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trashysay wrote:
Aug 23rd, 2016 11:11 pm
I'm finding ways on how to save energy in our company. We have done everything from metering our consumption, replacing ineffective tools, upgrading our insulation, etc. I wonder if there is a company or a service provider that will help us manage our energy consumption. I have heard of this but I’m not quite sure on how it works. Do you have any experiences regarding this?
You're looking for an energy auditor/consultant. There's a lot of them out there for both home and business.
I used one for our home as part of a rebate process.
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I don't know anything about your company, but I'd say the way to save cash is lighting. This is usually step 1, so I assume that was already done. Another bugger is computers (if they're not new-ish), and monitors ... both of them, though, are not really worth it to upgrade unless they're already tired.

When I was in IT, I'd setup PCs to go to sleep after 1 hour (monitors after 5 minutes). For night IT tasks (defragmenting, updating software, etc), the server would wake up the PC, do what it had to, then they'd go back to sleep on their own.

I never got the numbers, but my boss said it was "substantial". We were using CAD PCs from the Core2Quad days, with "powerful" videocards, and multiple monitors set on default "burn your retinas" brightness levels. Also, this was pre-TOU.
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How is it that LED lights can cause irreparable damage to the eyes and severe headache?
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Yup thanks, But I'm looking for something more focused on reducing our energy consumption, I read online that the company Ecova offers energy saving software and tools that can help manage energy consumption? are you familiar with the company?
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trashysay wrote:
Aug 30th, 2016 2:36 am
How is it that LED lights can cause irreparable damage to the eyes and severe headache?
Some LED bulbs use PWM which if done poorly cause headaches and other issues.

Can't say too much with regard to irreparable eye damage tho... Don't look directly at them?
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tebore wrote:
Aug 24th, 2016 4:01 pm
You're looking for an energy auditor/consultant. There's a lot of them out there for both home and business.
I used one for our home as part of a rebate process.
Hi Tebore,

I wish to join the Enbridge incentive program this year. But most of its approved energy auditors do not have good reviews. Some customers complained the auditors did not file the rebate applications for them and so they did not get the money back. Do you mind telling me who you used for energy audit last time? Do they serve GTA? Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
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CLC255 wrote:
Jul 28th, 2018 1:23 pm
Hi Tebore,

I wish to join the Enbridge incentive program this year. But most of its approved energy auditors do not have good reviews. Some customers complained the auditors did not file the rebate applications for them and so they did not get the money back. Do you mind telling me who you used for energy audit last time? Do they serve GTA? Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
The Home Inspectors Group Inc.

They were one of the approved auditors on Envridges site. Tim did a good enough job for me to get my rebate. We had a good chat. I already covered about 80% of the typical high energy leak spots that could be DIY'd.

His other recommendations to me were an HRV new windows and a newer ECM based HVAC system.

I knocked those out last year.
HRV as part of my basement finishing
I replaced my Furnance motor with an ECM motor for less than $300 I wrote about this on my blog.
And new windows as part of GreenOn.
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Thank you Tebore for your reply. What's the last name of Tim? What is HRV? How long did it take to get the first report? I plan to upgrade my heating system plus some windows. Too bad that I missed the GreenON Program which offered generous rebate. Is air sealing easy to be done by ourselves? What will be the costs? I am interested to read your blog. Do you mind sharing the link? Thank You very much for your help.
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Is it normal for these energy auditors to ask for your property tax bill and gas bill? (I think the gas bill is OK, but property tax bill?)
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showmethemoney2009 wrote:
Oct 20th, 2018 1:06 am
Is it normal for these energy auditors to ask for your property tax bill and gas bill? (I think the gas bill is OK, but property tax bill?)
I was told it was needed in case they get audited. I guess in the past some had done fake reports to get rebates.
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tebore wrote:
Oct 20th, 2018 9:19 am
I was told it was needed in case they get audited. I guess in the past some had done fake reports to get rebates.
I see. Thanks.

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