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By Tonya Russell on 6/23/2015 10:04 AM

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?”

By Tonya Russell on 5/15/2015 2:12 PM

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!

By Brian Russell on 4/16/2015 10:24 AM

Finding funds for energy efficiency projects can be challenging. Here are seven strategies you can use to get your project done!

By Brian Russell on 4/2/2015 8:57 AM
Variable frequency drives are quickly becoming the energy efficiency standard for ventilation fans and other HVAC components. But without taking steps to maximize their effectiveness, you could still be wasting energy.
By Brian Russell on 4/1/2015 9:37 AM

There is a new 80-20 rule for energy efficiency: 20% analysis, 80% action!


By Tonya Russell on 2/12/2015 10:23 AM

How can facility managers and energy managers achieve aggressive environmental goals such as net zero energy in their buildings? Is it even possible?

By Tonya Russell on 11/3/2014 2:27 PM

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.

By Tonya Russell on 10/22/2014 9:35 AM

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?

By Tonya Russell on 10/14/2014 8:27 AM

If you are using Events2HVAC, you are an energy-efficiency leader. As a leader, what can you do to help others succeed?

By Tonya Russell on 8/26/2014 8:17 AM
Facility managers are under a lot of pressure to reduce both operating expenses and carbon emissions. Renewables are the sexy solution -- but jumping to them too fast can cost you.
By Tonya Russell on 8/14/2014 8:50 AM

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!

By Tonya Russell on 8/11/2014 9:50 AM

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?

By Tonya Russell on 6/16/2014 8:58 AM
Events2HVAC event automation software pulls data from room scheduling software and sends commands to HVAC, lighting and security controls to automatically control the environment in individual rooms or zones based on scheduled events. The software is helping facilities and campuses across the US save money in multiple ways.
By Tonya Russell on 5/21/2014 9:19 AM
Energy analysts say there is a “rebound effect” on energy efficiency projects that reduces or negates the financial advantage. Rather than a rebound effect that undercuts expected savings, Events2HVAC has a multiplier effect that allows facilities to save in multiple ways.

By Tonya Russell on 3/6/2014 9:35 AM

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.

By Tonya Russell on 1/30/2014 10:17 AM

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?


By Tonya Russell on 1/28/2014 12:18 PM

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!”

By Tonya Russell on 1/22/2014 1:12 PM

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.

By Tonya Russell on 6/13/2013 12:32 PM
What is the most difficult barrier to energy efficiency within your organization?
By Tonya Russell on 5/23/2013 9:35 AM
The Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition is a great opportunity for facility managers of all types of buildings to track and receive recognition for their energy efficiency efforts. If you are using Events2HVAC – or soon will be – we encourage you to participate!
By Tonya Russell on 5/8/2013 7:23 AM
Appalachian State University tested Events2HVAC in 20 rooms in their student union and found that the electricity savings alone resulted in a return on investment of only five months. How much can your building or campus save on electricity, heating/cooling fuel, and labor combined?
By Tonya Russell on 10/29/2012 1:31 PM
Most colleges and universities operate as a series of silos rather than as an integrated network of buildings. If colleges and universities are going to successfully take advantage of energy- and labor-saving technologies, facility managers need to collaborate with each other and with people in other departments too.
By Tonya Russell on 9/11/2012 10:28 AM
If you are a facility manager facing a tightening budget and an expectation of reducing expenses, how do you choose the best energy efficiency projects? This article provides some resources that can help.
By Tonya Russell on 5/29/2012 7:48 AM
What is the weakest aspect of sustainability on college and university campuses? How can sustainability be measured and compared at these institutions? The STARS program provides a framework for answering these questions.
By Tonya Russell on 4/5/2012 1:40 PM
There is a lot of buzz online lately about the upcoming 2012 version of LEED certification standards, which is due to be released late this year. This blog post highlights some of the issues and discussion.
By Tonya Russell on 3/29/2012 9:21 AM
Why aren’t more organizations taking active steps for energy efficiency? This article refutes some often-cited reasons and calls for facility managers to take action.
By Tonya Russell on 3/13/2012 7:53 AM
With dumb scheduling there is no communication between schedules set by event planners and the building automation system. Smart scheduling pulls data directly from event scheduling software used by event planners, and automatically sends commands to building automation systems and HVAC equipment in each individual room, saving energy and labor. Which is better for your facility?
By Tonya Russell on 2/16/2012 7:59 AM
What makes it difficult for you as a facility manager to achieve energy efficiency goals? This article identifies five common obstacles and steps you can take to overcome them.
By Tonya Russell on 1/31/2012 11:32 AM
California utility companies provide customers with energy use data through a "green button;" and software developers jump to create apps for phones and tablets to make the data more useful.
By Tonya Russell on 1/24/2012 10:33 AM
Property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing offers an opportunity to pay for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to facilities, but the federal government is getting in the way of these programs for homeowners. Will you help?
By Tonya Russell on 1/18/2012 12:23 PM
This article provides suggestions and resources for paying for energy-efficiency improvements to buildings through grants, rebates, incentives, and on-bill financing.

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