When making business decisions, maintaining the status quo is often seen as the safest and least expensive option. But sometimes it is the most costly decision you can make.
Magnolia Church in Riverside, CA, recently changed their church management software, and were faced with losing their HVAC integration as a result. But then they discovered Events2HVAC.
The return on investment (ROI) for most energy efficiency initiatives is measured in years, but this one is measured in months.
No one knows your facility better than you. So when you work with an energy service company (ESCO) to improve efficiency, you must tell them what your facility needs.
Software is often used to track energy use and perform energy analysis. But the Carolina Union uses it to eliminate heating and cooling empty rooms between events – with a direct impact on energy efficiency.
Energy auditors ask a lot of questions when performing an audit. One question they don’t ask but should is, “What software do you use for room scheduling?”
A new Events2HVAC feature allows users to return HVAC equipment to unoccupied settings a specific number of minutes before the end of each event to "coast" through the end and save energy. You can’t do that with occupancy sensors!
Finding funds for energy efficiency projects can be challenging. Here are seven strategies you can use to get your project done!
There is a new 80-20 rule for energy efficiency: 20% analysis, 80% action!
How can facility managers and energy managers achieve aggressive environmental goals such as net zero energy in their buildings? Is it even possible?
We asked our customers to tell us their primary goal in implementing Events2HVAC, how well the software helped them achieve that goal, and which features we should add to help them achieve greater success. Check out their responses for a peek into the future!
New Year’s resolutions have been around for a long time. But a friend recently told me about a new strategy for them – choosing a one-word resolution that serves as a theme for the entire year. Read this and choose your word!
Facility managers everywhere are looking for ways to cut expenses. Some of them are considering using occupancy sensors to turn off heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in empty rooms. But there is a more effective and less expensive solution - one born of the KISS principle.
Scheduling your HVAC system either proactively or reactively can have a huge impact on energy use, labor hours, and stress levels. This article considers four common strategies for scheduling HVAC and their consequences. Which strategy do you use?
If you are using Events2HVAC, you are an energy-efficiency leader. As a leader, what can you do to help others succeed?
Potential customers often ask who is using Events2HVAC. Here is a “snapshot” describing Events2HVAC users as of September 2014. Would your campus or organization benefit from event automation too?
When Jim Urbanski, Energy Manager at Wicomico County Public Schools in Maryland, participated in an online demonstration of Events2HVAC, he knew implementation would be easy. After studying the setup manual for just one hour, he began working and in just two days he had 160 rooms setup for automatic scheduling.
No, this post is not about breakfast. It's about a great new tool non-profit institutions can use to manage, track and compare energy efficiency projects. Check it out!
Every event deserves a comfortable environment. But how much energy is your campus or building wasting by heating and cooling empty rooms? How much money would you save running HVAC only in rooms that are being used?
At Streamside Solutions, we are on a mission to make Events2HVAC compatible with as many HVAC control systems and room reservation systems as possible. Recently, we helped Mission Community Church in Gilbert, AZ, integrate Dean Evans EMS Professional schedules with their Net/X Thermostats, automating HVAC control in 33 rooms. We also extended the number of Network Thermostat products that are compatible with Events2HVAC.
A recent article on FacilitiesNet explored the relationship between making buildings “smarter” and achievement of energy efficiency and sustainability goals. The article was based on a survey of facility executives conducted by Siemens and Building Operating Management magazine, as well as discussions with experts in the field. This article examines how Events2HVAC addresses four key points from the survey and discussions.
We always thought it would be a forest fire that would drive us from our home. There have been a few close fires, but nothing that compares to the nearly three months we spent away from home because of the September 2013 flood in Northern Colorado.
Events2HVAC is not just for student unions. It is a solution that multiplies benefits when you expand its use across your campus. You have already made the investment in the software. It is installed and running. Why not capitalize on your investment this year by expanding Events2HVAC to additional buildings to cash in on energy savings?
Events2HVAC is spreading beyond the education and church markets. We now have our first installation at a major convention center, the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO. Joel Llorente, the on-site Johnson Controls facility manager, went from spending 20 hours per week scheduling HVAC and lighting systems to two hours per week. He said in a recent phone conversation, “Like Phil Robertson, I’m happy, happy, happy!”
Convincing administrators and executives to fund energy efficiency projects can be a challenge for any facility or energy manager. But if you can present your case for Events2HVAC in the financial language that they understand, you will be one step closer to success. This article introduces a tool that will help you do just that: the Building Upgrade Value Calculator.
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