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Miscellaneous loads use $70 billion in energy
Miscellaneous energy loads — devices like elevators and ice makers that don't fit under traditional categories like HVAC, refrigeration, or lighting — consume roughly 7.8 quadrillion BTUs in the U.S. each year. This is more than the amount of oil the U.S. imports from the Persian Gulf and Venezuela each year, according to a new report.
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The best places to put solar and wind power — it's not where you think
The Washington Post
At first glance, it might seem obvious where the United States should focus on building more renewable energy. Stick the solar panels in sunny Arizona and hoist up the wind turbines on the gusty Great Plains, right? Not necessarily.
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For Compressed Air & Steam

If you use compressed air or steam in your facility this guide is a must. It explains how to conduct ultrasonic compressed air and steam trap leak surveys and includes tips on how to reduce energy waste. This guide also provides useful charts to help calculate the loss and potential savings of your surveys. Click Here to download your complimentary Energy Guide.

Steam system maintenance and steam trap replacement saves money
By Sandy O'Lear
Steam boilers can be found in a variety of properties, from laundries to universities, as well as industrial facilities, restaurants and apartment buildings. Any property that uses steam boilers will have multiple steam traps. What is a steam trap? Steam traps are automatic valves used in every steam system to remove condensate, air and other noncondensable gases, while maximizing system efficiency. Space heating steam systems will have steam traps at every radiator or baseboard. For steam traps to maximize system efficiency, they should be maintained and inspected regularly.
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Industry Pulse: How often do you check the steam traps in your facility?

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After taking over a year for AFE to develop a new, interactive and dynamic website design, we next turned to our existing website partner, Potomac Digitek, or PODI, to take what we believed to be an extremely complicated design concept and make it work.
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EPA guide offers Workplace Water Best Management Practices
Today's Facility Manager
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program has created WaterSense at Work: Best Management Practices for Commercial and Institutional Facilities — a compilation of best management practices to help commercial and institutional facilities better manage their water use through efficient practices and products.
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Walgreens taking on big boxes for solar energy leadership
Midwest Energy News
While big-box retailers like Walmart and IKEA are nationally known for their adoption of renewable energy, the drug store chain Walgreens is quickly joining their ranks. The Deerfield, Ill.-based company is already one of the nation's retail leaders in the installation of rooftop solar panels.
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