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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Do I Need Them?

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s). They are more expensive but do they really save energy? If so, how much?

While there are different types of CFL’s, the ones that are ENERGY STAR certified are the ones that can save the most energy. If every American home replaced one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR certified light bulb, that would save enough energy to light three million homes for a year. On top of that, it would save about six-hundred million in energy costs and prevent nine billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. With statistics like that, it is a wonder why everyone has not already switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs.

When it comes to managing energy in your home or commercial space, swapping out regular light bulbs for energy efficient ones is a very easy task which can have beneficial long term effects. A CFL tends to last between four and ten times longer than a regular light bulb. Because of this, money is not only saved in the electric bill, but also physically purchasing light bulbs. DOUBBLE WHAMMY!

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

CQI Associates is a leader in energy and environmental consulting.

As a leader in the business and residential energy market, CQI Associates manages Commercial and Residential Energy Cooperatives in Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, and Illinois. Our goal is to provide energy and environmental management services that allow our clients to increase profitability by minimizing operating costs.

We custom-tailor our services to suit each and every customer’s unique needs, a proven method that has produced significant results. We save the average customer 8–15% on an annual basis.

CQI Associates has green energy solutions for your business. We are an energy and sustainability management consulting firm servicing residential and commercial clients throughout the United States. To learn more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit our website today!

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Energy Saving Tips for Spring from National Energy Consultants

Friday, March 8th, 2013

It looks like “Snowquestration” wasn’t quite the crisis everyone thought it’d be, and with March flying by faster than the flocks of birds soon to be seen coming back from down south, there’s no question spring is imminent. Here are a few energy-saving tips to keep in mind as the weather begins to warm.

Get Natural – Circulation

Popping open a window can work wonders to bring cool air in while circulating the hot out. As the temperatures drop in the evening, consider turning your fans and air conditioners off and leaving your windows open during the night. In the morning, you can close them up to help keep the cool air inside.

Turn it Up

If you can keep your thermostat turned high, creating little difference between the temperature indoors and out, your cooling system won’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature, thereby lowering monthly utility bills.

Become a Fan of Fans

Fans have the capacity to keep you cool, while allowing you to raise your thermostat by about four degrees without creating discomfort.

Beat the Heat

Do what you can to avoid creating more heat in the house. Opt for the stove, microwave, outdoor grill, or raw foods so that you don’t radiate heat by turning on the oven. Make use of natural light whenever possible, opening blinds and shades partway. Try not to run appliances like dishwashers and laundry machines until you have a full load.

If you want to save energy in the spring, a little common sense will go a long way in lowering your monthly utility bills and making your home a greener place to be.

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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.

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Programmable Thermostats and more Energy Efficiency Tips from CQI

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Today, homeowners are constantly striving to make their homes more energy efficient and thus save money. And there are numerous products on the market capable of reducing your home’s energy consumption. One of these products is a Programmable Thermostat, which allows homeowners to more efficiently control their energy use.

By just turning your thermostat down (7-10 degrees) or off when you are asleep or away, you could see significant savings on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat allows you to do this automatically, according to a pre-set schedule. You simply set times when your HVAC system is on, off, or working in a diminished capacity.

According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), a programmable thermostat can save homeowners as much as 10% a year on their heating and cooling costs.

Programming your Programmable Thermostat

It is important to first consider your schedule. When do you normally go to sleep, get up for work, go to work, get home from work, etc.? Schedule your programmable thermostat accordingly. But in order to achieve the highest possible savings without sacrificing comfort, have your thermostat turn down the temperature right before you go to bed, turn back up right before you wake up, turn down right before you go to work, and turn back up before you get home.

You will not notice the temperature difference, but your wallet will!

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

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.

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Benefits of Solar Energy: Tips from Maryland Energy Consultants

Friday, December 14th, 2012

From government agencies to the private sector, the last decade has seen a significant rise in solar power investments, aimed at leveraging additional sustainable and renewable energy sources for common use. With the global push towards seeking green alternatives to power our homes and businesses, staying up-to-date on the benefits of solar energy is a worthwhile endeavor.

Solar power produces a photo-electric effect by harnessing electrons emitted by certain compounds like metals when they have contact with light, or photons. Solar panels use energy channeled through photovoltaic cells – which issue electricity by way of sunlight converted into a flow of electrons.

Here are just a few of the reasons solar power is such a compelling energy source:

1. So long as the sun keeps shining, solar energy can be renewed an innumerable amount of times, cutting down on the need for use of non-renewable resources, like fossil fuels, which are used to power our cars, machines used in product manufacturing, and the like.

2. Solar panels, especially those that make use of technologies that minimize reliance upon the sun’s schedule, can make homeowners and businesses more self-sufficient by decreasing the need for conventional electricity suppliers.

3. Providing additional incentive to utilize solar power, many local and federal governments provide rebates and other monetary enticements for those who install solar panels or solar hot water systems.

4. Homeowners and businesses who invest in solar panels will see a quick return, and as an added bonus, any electricity produced that isn’t needed for powering their building can be sold back to utility company for electricity credits.

5. Solar electricity produces zero emissions, and solar panels are unobtrusive, require little maintenance, and produce silent energy that can be used to power buildings everywhere.

CQI Associates is a leading provider of energy and environmental consulting, servicing Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, and Illinois.  We consider it our responsibility to provide energy and environmental management services that allow our clients to increase profitability by minimizing operating costs. From small businesses to national accounts and private residences, CQI offers solar, wind, and renewable energy project development and operation that make for sustainable energy solutions.

To learn more about our energy management, auditing, certifications and more, please contact CQI Associates by calling 410-740-0667 or visit CQIAssociates.com today!

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Energy Current Tip: The Energy Efficient Benefits of Occupancy Sensors

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Do you constantly leave a room and forget to turn off the lights? If so, you are not alone, but you could be spending much more on your monthly energy bills then you would like. And if you own or operate a commercial facility, the impact could be even greater. In fact, lighting can account for as much as 40% of a commercial facility’s energy use. So, as you can see, better managing lighting can be a great way to reduce spending.

The Solution: Occupancy Sensors.

Originally designed for security systems, occupancy sensors have since been modified for residential and commercial use to better manage a building’s lighting needs. These sensors detect activity within a room and automatically turn lights on. Occupancy sensors can also detect when a room is vacant, turning lights off once occupants have left.

The Result: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the use of occupancy sensors can help reduce energy costs by…

  • 40% to 46% in classrooms


  • 13% to 50% in private offices


  • 30% to 90% in restrooms


  • 22% to 65% in conference rooms


  • 30% to 80% in corridors


  • 45% to 80% in storage areas



Of course, energy savings will vary depending on the size of the room, the type of lighting used, and occupancy patterns.

In the end, occupancy sensors will not only help lower energy costs, but they can help improve security and reduce light pollution, while also increasing convenience.

The Current State of Electricity in the United States

According to the United States Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Electricity Monthly Update, the average cost of electricity fell in all sectors, decreasing 2.1 percent from the previous year.

electricity prices graph

With temperatures expected to be colder this winter than the last, the U.S. EIA projects the retail sale of electricity to average 6.2% more than last year.

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

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.

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Solar Thermal for Hot Water Heating :: Energy Efficiency Tips

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Did you know that you can harness the power of the sun to heat your water? Solar thermal systems, also known as solar heating systems, absorb the sun’s rays and use this energy to heat water to 140ºF or higher, easily matching the production of traditional hot water heaters. These systems are not only environmentally friendly, but also energy efficient and cost effective.

There are two types of solar heating systems, direct and indirect.

  • Direct Solar Heating: This system consists of collector pipes filled with water that are linked to an insulated storage tank. The sun directly heats the water in the pipes, which is then transported into the storage tank for use.

 

  • Indirect Solar Heating: Rather than heating water directly, these systems utilize a use fluid with a low-freezing point to absorb radiant energy from the sun. This fluid is pumped through the collectors and a heat exchanger. This heats the water, which then flows into the home.

Radiant Heating Systems: Using Solar Energy to Heat your Home

Homeowners can even utilize solar thermal to heat their home. Instead of transferring heated water to a storage tank, radiant heating systems connect to a radiant floor or wall panel radiator.

Radiant heating systems are beneficial for several reasons, including:

  • Energy Efficiency: Radiant heating systems are typically about 40% more efficient than forced air heating systems.

 

  • Control: Radiant heating systems can be zoned, allowing you to control the temperature of each room.

 

  • Comfort: Radiant floors distribute heat where it can naturally rise, evenly distributing heat.

Currently, more than 1.5 million homes and businesses in the United States have invested in solar heating systems. So what are you waiting for?

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

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Renewable Energy News: Current Natural Gas Supply and its impact

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The natural gas market is one of constant flux. As we will explain throughout this blog, the state of natural gas changes on a weekly basis. According to the most recent industry reports, natural gas supply is up, but demand is down.

The Current State of Natural Gas in the United States

Marketed Production Levels: United States marketed natural gas production flattened in 2012 (see graph below). This is mainly in response to historically low natural gas prices. Still, production levels remain at all-time highs. Marketed natural gas production set a record high From January to July 2012, averaging 68.9 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). This represented a 5.9% increase over 2011.

Storage Levels: According to the latest reports, natural gas storage levels are at 3,576 Bcf (billion cubic feet), representing historical highs. And these highs are only expected to increase by the end of October. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates inventory levels will reach 3,950 Bcf, a new end-of-October record, according to EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO).

Current Prices: Natural gas currently sits around $2.92 per million British thermal units (MMBtu), averaging average $2.65 per MMBtu so far throughout 2012, according to EIA’s STEO.

Demand: According to the EIA, natural gas consumption declined by 5.2% last week compared to the week before. Still, natural gas demand is up 5.1% compared to the parallel week in 2011.

What this means for you: With storage levels higher than ever and prices near historic lows, homeowners using natural gas are expected to experience reduced costs this winter.

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

CQI Associates is a leader in energy and environmental consulting.

As a leader in the business and residential energy market, CQI Associates manages Commercial and Residential Energy Cooperatives in Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, and Illinois. Our goal is to provide energy and environmental management services that allow our clients to increase profitability by minimizing operating costs.

We custom-tailor our services to suit each and every customer’s unique needs, a proven method that has produced significant results. We save the average customer 8–15% on an annual basis.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LikedIn, and Google+.

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Natural Gas Weekly Update

Will Natural Gas Bounce Back after its Recent Tumble?

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Graph 1: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Monthly

Graph 2: U.S. Energy Information Administration based on Bloomberg, L.P.

 

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Renewable Energy News: The Current State of Geothermal Energy in the U.S.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

In its simplest form, geothermal energy is heat from the Earth. This clean and renewable energy source is harnessed commercially and converted into electricity. And while geothermal energy use accounts for just 1% of the total United States electric production, with a current installed capacity of 3,187 MW spread throughout nine states, geothermal use has grown by 3% annually over the past 10 years.

The future of geothermal energy is bright and for good reason. Unlike other renewable energy resources, like wind and solar power, geothermal energy has far fewer variables. While wind power and energy power are affected by nature, geothermal energy is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Geothermal power is economically attractive, as well. Geothermal electricity is the lowest cost renewable power source around, providing long-term fixed power prices. Oh, and did we mention that geothermal energy can also help reduce the U.S. dependence on foreign fuels?

Still, despite all of its benefits, geothermal energy is a very small piece of the U.S. energy puzzle. But that could change in the near future…

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

CQI Associates is a leader in energy and environmental consulting.

As a leader in the business and residential energy market, CQI Associates manages Commercial and Residential Energy Cooperatives in Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, and Illinois. Our goal is to provide energy and environmental management services that allow our clients to increase profitability by minimizing operating costs.

We custom-tailor our services to suit each and every customer’s unique needs, a proven method that has produced significant results. We save the average customer 8–15% on an annual basis.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LikedIn, and Google+.

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Benefits of Geothermal Energy

A feed-in rate, geothermal power and how to finance it

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