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Employing Retrofits

Consider your building, wherever and whatever it may be. House, data center, office tower, supermarket, restaurant… does not matter. Every building around the world has dozens of ‘emloyees’, otherwise known as appliances and systems. These various ’employees’ in each building, from the the data center air conditioner to the restaurant walk-in cooler, all perform specific tasks within their area of responsibility.

These highly specialized ‘employees’ provide their buildings with cool and hot air as required, not to mention lighting, water, air circulation and other key services. For these important services, building owners pay twice over. First they purchase the ’employees’, similar to the initial outlay in finding and training a new person on the job. Then they pay monthly utility bills to continue receiving value from the equipment, in the same way that employers pay out salaries.

 

In business, your employees are expected to perform certain tasks and bring value to your company within a specific realm of responsibility. In general, you would not choose to continue paying an employee if the tasks were not performed to an acceptable standard, or if they became increasingly expensive with no parallel increase in the value they bring to the company. That would simply be poor business sense, right?

Yet everyday we do this with our buildings. All those ‘employees’, from HVAC equipment to lighting systems to refrigerators, all work pretty well when they are fresh out of the box (unless of course you were unlucky enough to choose a dud that gives sub-par performance from the start). But after a few years, their productivity tends to decline. They often require more maintenance or perform to a lower standard while using the same or more energy. You end up paying more for less, often without even noticing.

Replacing employees, like replacing equipment, is often a very expensive endeavour. Incentive programs and extra training are options for getting more value out of existing employees. Retrofitting is the equivalent of an incentive program for existing equipment.

Retrofits provide an economical solution to the problem of ageing equipment that is becoming less and less energy efficient. By implementing proven retrofits, building owners can make tremendous improvements in the efficiency of their older equipment- frequently raising it above the bar set at the time of installation. Even for new equipment, retrofits can often still bring energy efficiency gains, since retrofits often apply advanced or ‘smarter’ technology above and beyond the basics included in the new equipment.

As long as your existing equipment is still functional, retrofitting is going to be your best bet for becoming more energy efficient and saving more money on your utility bill.

Next week, I’ll explore retrofits in more detail, highlighting areas of any building that can be easily retrofitted to solve the problem of paying more for less.

 

Latest Press Releases

Smartcool Releases Third Quarter Results

Vancouver, BC.  November 27, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) has filed its Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis for the third quarter and first nine months of 2012. Smartcool has narrowed its focus to target primarily direct sales to major accounts in Europe, a...

Smartcool Launches ECO3 Energy Evolution

Vancouver, BC. September 10, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to present a new program promoting better energy efficiency for homes and businesses through Smartcool retrofits. Full details are available at the new ECO3 Energy Evolution site: www.smartcooleco3.com. Smartcool’s E...

Smartcool Delivers Data Center Energy Efficiency with ECO3

Vancouver, BC. August 21, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of an ECO3 air conditioning energy efficiency pilot project for Internet Solutions a division of the Dimension Data, NTT group. This 18-month pilot project achieved 14% energy saving...

Smartcool Comments on Fiscal 2011 and Discusses 2012

Vancouver, BC. May 9, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) has reported its audited fourth quarter results for the three months and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. The year ending December 31, 2011 was a challenging year for Smartcool where expectations for revenue growth did not mate...

Hilton Hotel Malta Improves Energy Efficiency with Smartcool

Vancouver, BC.   February 2, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) continues to see superb results from 2M Energy Solutions, the leading distributor of Smartcool’s products in Malta. Since the beginning of its Smartcool distribution agreement in February 2009, 2M Energy has continued t...

Smartcool Achieves Profitability and Major Growth in the Fourth Quarter of 2011

Vancouver, BC.   January 24, 2012, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce that the company has experienced the anticipated growth in its business and achieved profitability during the fourth quarter of 2011. In this quarter, Smartcool achieved the most revenue earned in...

Smartcool Announces Private Placement Offering

VANCOUVER, BC. January 17, 2012. Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) announces that further to its news releases dated November 15, 2011 and December 6, 2011, the company will not proceed with the closing of the final tranche of the private placement as initially announced on November 15, 2011. The ...

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