Power down, power off
2016 | This fact sheet was developed as part of a commercial plug load study funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.
Implement and commission demand control ventilation to capture significant energy savings
2015 | Summary of findings from a field study of DCV system performance.
Application of air source variable refrigerant flow in cold climates: a white paper
2015 | This white paper outlines the optimal control strategies for designing and operating air source VRF systems in cold climates.
Adjusting lighting levels in commercial buildings
2015 | Summary of findings from task tuning research.
Adjusting lighting levels in commercial buildings: energy savings from institutional tuning
2015 | Task tuning is one form of lighting control that can be used in commercial buildings to save energy. It involves dimming lights in a space so that the average illuminance at the working plane is appropriate for the type of use in that space.
Task tuning has the potential to save energy...
When above average is not good enough: results from a study of high-energy-using homes in Minnesota
2015 | Article by Jeannette LeZaks and Ingo Bensch, Home Energy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2015.
Energy savings from implementing and commissioning demand control ventilation
2015 | Demand control ventilation (DCV) systems use sensors—generally either CO2 or occupancy sensors—to estimate the actual number of people in an area and supply only as much ventilation air as is needed at a given time. DCV has the potential to save a substantial portion of building...
Find and flip: motivating high energy users to save energy
2015 | Prepared by Cool Choices and Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin).
Performance of water-source variable refrigerant flow: measurement and verification of two installed systems
2015 | Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems have developed into a promising emerging technology. While popular in some places in the world, these systems are quite new to the upper Midwest. The systems are an innovative version of a simple split system air conditioner that utilizes variable...
Designing a new utility business model? Better understand the traditional one first
2014 | By Steve Kihm, Energy Center of Wisconsin; Jim Barrett and Casey J. Bell, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (from ACEEE Summer Study proceedings, 2014)
There appears to be a consensus among energy efficiency advocates that traditional utility regulation...