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Can Energy Efficiency Kits Help Promote Small Business Programs?

Posted by Danielle Marquis

October 13, 2015 at 2:00 AM

DIY energy efficiency kits, a marketing tool sometimes used to promote utility-based incentive programs, are distributed to customers, often free of charge, to entice them to make simple changes that will help save energy. Typically kits include items like compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs, LED nightlights, light switch and power outlet gaskets, hot water gauges, water-saving shower heads, faucet aerators,  or weather stripping. Historically, used to promote residential energy efficiency programs, we wondered, “Can energy efficiency kits help promote small business direct install programs, too?”

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Topics: Utility Programs Division

SmartWatt in the News: Fastest Growing Companies List

Posted by Danielle Marquis

September 29, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Inc. magazine ranked SmartWatt Energy No. 4172 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino's Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

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Topics: Utility Programs Division, CII Division, Press Coverage

How to Write a Winning Abstract

Posted by Danielle Marquis

September 3, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Having read, scored and debated thousands of abstracts on Program Planning Committees, we've developed a real sense of what makes an abstract successful. Those that win—that make it into the conference—have commonalities and we're spilling secrets! Writing a winning abstract is not easy, but it is do-able. Just like building a beautiful, energy efficient home, it doesn’t happen quickly, but with the proper planning, building and “zhushing” it can be done.

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Topics: Utility Programs Division, Conferences, Trade Shows & Presentations

Lessons from Trader Joe's: How We Built Value Into Our Digital Marketing Strategy

Posted by Kelsey Raftery

September 3, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Building awareness and encouraging customers to participate in energy efficiency programs is not an easy task. The common approaches tend to either be time consuming or expensive, and most are difficult to measure. As a small marketing team, we need to be creative with an eye towards efficiency. But how could we get our customers to flock to us like Trader Joe’s customers flock to two-buck chuck?

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Topics: Utility Programs Division, Conferences, Trade Shows & Presentations

10 Trends to Watch as Utilities Evolve

Posted by Danielle Marquis

August 20, 2015 at 2:00 AM

The outlook for our energy future is that demand will continue to grow, while traditional supplies become more scarce. According to the 2014 Global Utility Evolution Benchmarking Study, the worldwide demand for electricity will increase by more than two-thirds and gas by almost half between 2011 and 2035. The writing is on the wall—the infrastructure has to change in order to reliably meet this demand.

 

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Topics: Utility Programs Division

SmartWatt Energy to Exhibit, Marquis, Raftery & Bellair to Present at 2015 AESP Summer Conference in Niagara Falls, ON Canada

Posted by Kayla Bellair

August 18, 2015 at 2:00 AM

SmartWatt Energy, a leader in commercial direct install energy efficiency program implementation for utilities, will be exhibiting at and sponsoring the Association of Energy Services Professionals’ (AESP) Summer Conference & Expo at the Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada on August 25-24, 2015.

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Topics: Utility Programs Division, Conferences, Trade Shows & Presentations, Press Coverage

Innovation: Integrating Renewable Energy Into the Grid

Posted by Danielle Marquis

July 21, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Many utilities want to learn how to integrate renewable energy into the electrical grid. What better way than to help fund a test bed devoted to that very principle? To that end, National Grid announced recently that it will give two grants totaling $1 million to SUNY Polytechnic Institute for its new 356,000-square-foot ZEN building. At 356,000 square feet, ZEN (Zero Energy Nanotechnology) will be the largest zero-energy building in the world. The building, set to open this month, will be home to SUNY Polytechnic Institute's renewable energy programs. The $191 million building will generate more electricity than it uses and will be surrounded by a two-megawatt solar farm, one of the largest in the Capital Region of New York. The building breaks new ground in demonstrating the ascendance of zero energy as the new energy standard.

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Topics: Higher Education, Utility Programs Division

Innovation: Energy Storage for Businesses

Posted by Danielle Marquis

July 13, 2015 at 2:00 AM

With Tesla’s announcement last month of the Powerwall, a large lithium-ion battery designed for homes and businesses, we are beginning to enter the new world of a redistributed energy grid. The futuristic wall-mounted batteries store energy, generated onsite through solar panels or wind turbines, for use during peak hours. This elegant concept deftly solves renewable energy’s problem of intermittency: What do you do when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow? The answer is scalable, efficient, non-polluting energy storage.

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Topics: Utility Programs Division, CII Division

Utility Program Design Infographic: The Results of the Direct Install (DI) Model

Posted by Kelsey Raftery

May 20, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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Topics: Utility Programs Division

SmartWatt Energy to Exhibit and Sponsor, Covell & Cummings to Present at 2015 AESP Spring Conference in Portland, OR

Posted by Kayla Bellair

May 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

SmartWatt Energy, a leader in commercial direct install energy efficiency program implementation for utilities, will be exhibiting at and sponsoring the Association of Energy Services Professionals’ (AESP) Spring Conference & Expo at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, OR on May 19-21, 2015.

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Topics: Utility Programs Division, Conferences, Trade Shows & Presentations, Press Coverage

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