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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 Signs Agreement with New Distributor Targeting Residential Markets

Vancouver, BC. August 19, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce it has signed a distribution agreement with Smartcooling LLC (Smartcooling) and received an initial order of ECO3 units. Smartcooling is a new independent distributor, formed for the specific purpose of broad...

Smartcool Provides Update of Testing for Introduction to Refrigerated Transportation Sector

Vancouver, BC. August 13, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is please to provide an update on the beta testing initiative announced on July 8, 2014, with a Florida-based food distribution firm.  The goal of this phase is to determine the impact of the Smartcool technology on compressor ...

Smartcool Enters Next Phase of Testing for Introduction to Refrigerated Transportation Sector

Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) announced today that it has received approval for beta testing of Smartcool's energy efficiency technology with a Florida-based food distribution firm. This test is the next phase in introducing Smartcool's technology to the refrigerated transportation secto...

Smartcool Drives Major Energy Savings Project for British Car Manufacturer

Vancouver, BC. June 17, 2014. Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) has installed its energy efficiency products across one of the largest car manufacturing campuses in the UK, saving upwards of 525,000 kWh per year. The premier British car manufacturer is already an industry leader in sustainable bus...

Smartcool ECO3 Showcased in Rexel UK’s Energy Efficient Presentation Home

Vancouver, BC. June 4, 2014. Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to have its ECO3 product featured in a presentation home designed by Rexel UK Ltd. The home is used as an education and display center on the future of sustainable buildings, and features a variety of products like Smartcool...

Smartcool Software Delivers Savings in Emerging Solution for Automated Energy Management in Small Co…

Vancouver, BC. April 8, 2014. Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is actively moving into the 'internet of things', as its proprietary algorithms provide a unique tool to revolutionize the automation of energy efficiency and energy management in small commercial buildings. Since signing a Software L...

Smartcool Announces 18% Savings by New Energy Efficiency Solution for Refrigerated Transportation Ma…

Vancouver, BC. March 19, 2014. Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce initial results of 18% energy savings from an evaluation of Smartcool's energy efficiency technology on two sea-going refrigerated containers. "This is an exciting new market that we are entering," says George...

Smartcool ECO3 Energy Savings Multiplier Uncovered by Arizona Distributor Guardian Energy Solutions

Vancouver, BC. February 26, 2014. Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) has worked with independent distributor Guardian Energy Solutions since 2012 to introduce the ECO3 product to the Arizona market. In the last year, Guardian has led the way in adopting a highly successful strategy of installing th...

Smartcool Delivering Energy Demand Reduction Programs with Australian Utility Energex

Vancouver, BC. February 4, 2014. Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is providing its energy saving software and products to the world-class energy demand reduction programs run by Energex, one of the two dominant utility companies in Queensland, Australia. Energex projects involving Smartcool in t...

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