TAG: Energy use

Budderfly Offers Enterprise Energy Management

Budderfly Offers Enterprise Energy Management

Being able to measure the energy use in a commercial building or business environment can lead to less waste and smarter use, and thereby lower the operating costs, but without an enterprise-wide solution, it can be difficult to determine exactly what and when the individual demands for electricity are, in order to best manage them. One solution is Budderfly, a cloud-based energy management system that the company refers to as being “like bringing the smart grid into your enterprise, all without modifying your existing wires.” Budderfly was designed to help businesses and building managers measure, manage, and control their energy… read more

This Plastic Polar Bear Teaches Kids About Energy Use

This Plastic Polar Bear Teaches Kids About Energy Use

In order to really bring about a new energy paradigm, it’s important to start with our children, as the habits and attitudes they learn while young often end up being those they still have when they’re grown up. Educating our children on the importance of smart and reduced energy consumption can go a long way toward the helping the next generation build a more sustainable world. And to help with that, Bobo, a plastic polar bear, can make the electrical demand in your house easier to understand, by displaying different colors at different levels of power consumption. “Bobo is saving… read more

City Puts Water and Energy Dashboard Online

City Puts Water and Energy Dashboard Online

Does it make a difference in the amount of energy or water that people use if they know more about the infrastructure and the processes involved in supplying those needs? Could residents make more sustainable decisions and change their behaviors if they were able to visualize the overall usage and the individual usage for water and energy in their city? One city believes that to be true, and have provided a public “dashboard” for their water and energy systems, in the hope that it can be a motivating factor in driving personal and community change. The city of Oberlin, Ohio… read more

Small Business Savings

Small business tips for saving

While solar panels and fuel cell energy use can contribute to more efficient business practices, not everyone is able to make such investments in the foreseeable future. Though small businesses may not have infinite funds, the economic stability of the U.S. owes a lot to them. Over the last decade it was small businesses, not major corporations, who generated 60 – 80 percent of all new jobs each year. Yet they rarely get the breaks allotted to larger companies. But by taking simple measures, small businesses can save money while keeping in ranks with major corporations. Switching It Up A simple change in lighting goes a long way and many companies are making the switch from incandescent light bulbs… read more

Internet Energy Use

Internet energy use

Most of us can’t imagine a modern world without the internet. However, we probably don’t think a whole lot about the amount of energy needed to power it up. The internet uses mass amounts of energy. This infographic from WirelessSatelliteInternet.org. lays out the rising energy consumption of the more than 2.4 billion internet users worldwide. The graphic highlights the fact that internet use takes up 1.5% of all global electricity, or the equivalent of the amount produced from 30 nuclear power plants. Also stated, the U.S. takes more electrical energy to power up data centers than the entire automobile industry,… read more