Archive for January, 2013

Commercial Businesses Turn to Energy Co-Ops for Huge Savings

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

For any company, paying utility bills is a customary albeit costly aspect of keeping work operations in order. Across the States, for a long time, business owners had to pay local utility companies for their natural gas and electricity needs – and then, the prices were dictated by the Public Service Commission. Thanks to electric deregulation laws issued in the late 1990s and early 2000s, business owners – and consumers of all sorts – can source energy from a self-selected supplier. This makes it possible for companies to take advantage of what a commercial co-op has to offer. What does this mean for them?

-Fixed rate monthly fee for electric and gas bills, which won’t fluctuate while under contract, in spite of changes in your energy use.

-Lower utility costs due to the combined purchasing power of the group.

-Access to clean, renewable, wind powered electricity with select energy cooperatives.

CQI Associates is a leading energy consultant providing access to residential and commercial energy cooperatives in energy deregulated states across the U.S. By aggregating the kilowatt load of each business in the co-op, CQI is able to negotiate overall utility costs to a low and fair price. Below, see the list of areas we service with our cost-effective commercial energy co-ops:

Energy Deregulated States with Energy Co-Op Access:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California,
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington, DC

 

 

 

Though we handle the complicated aspects of energy management, we want the interested client to be involved if they so choose, which is why we offer informational meetings and webinars to provide education about the process. Nevertheless, our primary mission is to handle commercial utility concerns so that business owners can direct their focus on core objectives and company goals.

To learn more about our services, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit CQIAssociates.com today!

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Energy Efficient Lighting for the Office: Tips from Energy Management Company

Friday, January 18th, 2013

As your business seeks means of reducing overhead costs while increasing performance in the New Year, one noteworthy consideration is the lighting in your offices.  Lighting can account for anywhere from 20%-50% of a company’s electricity consumption. With one of the highest return-on-investments for office upgrades, lighting with effective design and new technology can yield serious energy savings.

Here are two basic lighting improvements to consider making in order to start significantly contributing to your business’s energy efficiency and savings:

Lightbulbs

Switch to fluorescent lighting systems in place of incandescent lighting systems. Though incandescent bulbs have been around since Thomas Edison first commercialized electric lighting and are a reliable source of light, they are not energy efficient. 32-watt Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), have proven to save about $35 in energy costs over the life of a bulb, in comparison with a 100-watt incandescent. Not only that, but they last longer, meaning they have to be replaced less often, which is particularly convenient for fixtures located in hard-to-reach places.

HID Lamps

Another way to save energy: upgrading mercury vapor lamps, which are the oldest High-intensity discharge lamps on the market that produce a bluish light, to metal halide or high-pressure sodium vapor lamps, both of which offer higher efficacy and better energy efficiency . Because of their high intensity, HID lighting systems light large areas with high ceilings very well, making them ideal for most office spaces.

So how else can you reduce your business’s overall operating expenses? Simple. By joining a Commercial Energy Co-op. Come back next week to learn more about how CQI can improve your company’s energy choices.

CQI Associates provides energy and environmental management services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and nationwide. Our goal is to increase profitability for our clients while minimizing their operating costs. To learn more about our services, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit CQIAssociates.com today!

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Simple Solutions to improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home

Friday, January 4th, 2013

2013 is a new year and presents you with new opportunities to improve your lifestyle. And while everyone else is making New Year’s resolutions regarding their weight and fitness, we suggest you make a resolution that will affect your life in several different ways. 2013 is the year to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home.  This will not only improve the comfort of your home, but it should also cut your energy bills. Now that’s what we call a win-win.

Simple Solutions to improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home

1. Insulate Pipes: You may be surprised to learn that improving the energy efficiency of your home is not that difficult. In fact, insulating pipes helps eliminate heat loss. This allows your water heater to do the same job it has always been doing, but requiring far less energy to do so.

2. Insulate the Water Heater: Similar to the above suggestion, insulating your water heater helps prevent heat loss. Your water heater constantly heats water so it is ready when you need it. If your water heater is not properly insulated, it will have to work harder to keep that water at the desired temperature.

3. Insulate Air Ducts: More heat loss? That’s right. Insulating your ductwork allows your HVAC system to maintain the right temperature in your home without having to work as hard.

4. Utilize Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Switching your light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent bulbs can save you as much as 25% on your lighting costs. Best of all, CFLs last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

5. Contact CQI Associates: CQI Associates has saved our public and private commercial clients well over $1,500,000,000 based on our energy and environmental program and project saving recommendations.

All of the above suggestions will help make your home more energy efficient and save you money on your monthly heating and cooling bills.

To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit CQIAssociates.com today!

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