‘Energy Navigator’ tracks use, guides active management of heating, cooling and lighting systems
By Cameron M. Burns
Through a combination of energy efficiency and actively managing energy use, the Summit School District is on track to save more than $100,000 in energy costs this year.
In fact, after investigating the operation of lighting and HVAC equipment at Summit High School in the summer of 2012 with a new energy-management system called the Colorado Energy Navigator, Summit School District facilities manager Woody Bates and his staff were able to cut energy use by more than $50,000 during the three-month June-to-August 2012 period compared to the same period in 2011.
Study claims investments in energy efficiency show two-to-one return
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — While oil and gas companies push for development of new resources, yet another study makes it clear that conservation is an equally important factor in the energy equation.
An all-out energy efficiency effort could help Colorado utilities avoid spending nearly $7 billion constructing and operating power plants, and generate an economic windfall of $4.8 billion for the state, according to Howard Geller, director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.
Visitor center construction incorporated salvaged materials
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —Skylights, low-flow restroom fixtures, photovoltaics and efficient utility systems at the new Dinosaur National Monument visitor center all helped the National Park Service gain Gold-standard LEED certification for the facility.
The neighborhood’s sustainable design elements also fit into the town’s Clean Tracks program, aimed at making Frisco a model community for sustainability.
Matt Wright, the residential energy specialist for the center, recently tested one of the new homes under construction in the local’s neighborhood, and found that it far exceeds the Energy Star requirements under the environmental Home Energy Rating. Under the Energy Star program, new homes are measured against a baseline standard. To qualify, the homes have to be at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code. They typically include other features that make them between 20 and 30 percent more energy efficient than standard homes. Continue reading “Frisco: Peak One homes on track for Energy Star rating”→