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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 Announces New CEO

Vancouver, BC. December 22, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce the addition of Theodore (Ted) Konyi to the executive team of the company, effective January 1, 2015. Mr Konyi, the founder of Smartcool, has now agreed to return as CEO to lead the company as it launch...

Refrigerated Trailer Testing yields average Daily Savings of 4.7 gallons of Diesel

Vancouver, BC. December 17, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce that the testing has been completed on a Refrigerated trailer, with savings achieved between four to six gallons per day depending on setpoint and outside air. This equates to 17% to 25% of the fuel co...

Smartcool Distributor Succeeds in Turning Car Dealerships Green

Vancouver, BC. December 15, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to report that Total Energy Concepts (TEC) has successfully installed Smartcool's ECO3 technology in 20 auto dealerships across the United States. With a growing concern about GHG (Green House Gas) emissions due to ...

Ener-Tech Cashing in on Smartcool ECO3 in Las Vegas

Vancouver, BC. October 20, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is excited to announce that it has recently signed a distribution agreement with Ener-Tech of Las Vegas, Nevada. Ener-Tech is utilizing the Smartcool's ECO3 product to optimize the performance of the air conditioning and heat pu...

Smartcool Signs Tri-Caribbean Energy as a Key Distribution Partner

Vancouver, BC. October 9, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to announce that it has signed a distribution agreement with a new Distribution Partner in the strategically significant Caribbean market. Tri-Caribbean Energy has begun to sell Smartcool's ECO3 product in order to opti...

Smartcool Confirms Test Refrigerated Trailer Uses Up to 28 Gallons of Diesel per Day in the Refriger…

Vancouver, BC. October 1, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to provide an update on the refrigerated truck testing initiative previously updated on September 17, 2014. As the compressor of a refrigerated trailer is driven by an independent diesel engine with its own fuel supp...

Smartcool Provides Update of Testing for Fuel Savings in The Refrigerated Transportation Sector

Vancouver, BC. September 17, 2014, Smartcool Systems Inc. (TSX-V: SSC) is pleased to provide an update on the beta testing initiative announced on July 8, 2014 and updated on August 13, 2014 with a Florida-based food distribution firm. The goal of this testing is to determine the impact of the Smar...

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 15, 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...

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