Read the Preface to Our Energy Monitoring Book

Holmes: Watson and I have taken time off from our Blog and have spent the last several months writing our Book on Energy Monitoring “Unleash the Power of Cloud-Based Energy Monitoring in Your Facility”. Watson: I’m the one who suggested that Holmes use the word “Unleash” in the title. You might have guessed that was one of my contributions, along with looking cute and adorable in the comics and coming up with clever sayings. Holmes: Back to the Book Watson. I’ve tried to pack my 37 years of installing Energy Monitoring Systems in all types of facilities into 90 pages.This book is written for the managers and the men and women who operate and maintain Energy Systems in complex facilities, Energy Professionals looking for a better way and those training for such careers. It will teach you step-by-step, how to select the points to monitor and the sensors, design and install the Energy Monitoring system, set up the software and reporting, and use it. Watson: I like the fact that it is not a typical dry and boring engineering book. It’s got plenty of examples and case summaries from your projects along with charts, schematics and pictures of me. I found it a pretty easy read. Holmes: The e-book will be released next week and is free! We will include details on how to download it in next week’s blog. Watson: To give you a preview, we have included the Preface below.  Read the Preface          ...

The Book is Done! Our Blog Will be Back in 2016

   Watson: Did you ever explain to my fans where we have been since last spring, Holmes? Holmes: I never did Watson. Don’t you remember that was one of the conditions when we entered the Witness Protection Program? Watson: Very funny Holmes. Actually, we’ve been hard at work writing our book, “How to Unleash the Power of Cloud-Based Energy Monitoring in Your Facility”. Read the Rest of the...

Looking Back at the First Year of Holmes & Watson Energy Blogs

  Holmes: If we could single out the most important thing that we have learned during the past year while researching and writing our Blogs, it has to be the total failure of the Energy “Profession” to keep pace with the times. By placing self-serving interests above those of Facility Owners and Managers, our “Profession” is continuing to enrich themselves by teaching and performing Energy Audits while claiming that they are the most essential step in every energy project. Watson: I was taught in engineering school that all valid science must be based on accurate data. But somehow the so-called “Energy Profession” has survived for 40 years based on almost no actual data at all. Doesn’t sound like a true science-based “Profession” to me! Holmes: The assumption that the best tool our “Profession” can offer is the Energy Audit, is ridiculous. The Energy Audit was developed on the heels of the Energy Crisis of the mid-70s just as personal computers and the Information Age were in their infancy. As far as we have been able to determine, there has never been a single scientific study that verifies the accuracy of Energy Audits. In fact, the ones we have seen have shown the opposite, the variability and inaccuracy of their findings. Read our Blog “Energy Audits are a Flawed Concept”. Yet years into the Information Age, instead of embracing and requiring the use of all of the new tools being developed on a daily basis, this “Profession” is continuing to use the same methods that I was taught in the mid-1970’s; methods that should have been abandoned years ago for their total...

Part Load Efficiency is the Key to Operating Complex Energy Systems at the Lowest Cost

  Watson: Holmes, your entire career has been spent tuning up existing energy systems in existing buildings. You have been able to consistently produce savings of 10%, 20% and more without Energy Audits, without Benchmarking and without Capital Improvements. Paybacks on the initial investment in the permanent instrumentation required to produce these savings have been weeks or months. What’s your secret? What problems have you found? What actions have been taken to correct them? How can others do the same in their facilities? Holmes: As we have discussed in many of our blogs, the best opportunities with the fastest paybacks always come from no-cost, low-cost changes that match the operation of the energy systems to the energy requirements of the facility. Improving the part-load efficiency of energy systems is the second biggest opportunity in all complex facilities. We always monitor the efficiency of energy use for all major systems. The common approach of installing sub-metering to measure only how much energy a piece of equipment is using misses this huge opportunity. Read the Rest of the Blog  ...

How to Achieve Your Sustainability Goals in 2015

   Watson: I have been thinking about Resolutions for 2015 Holmes. Since Sustainability is playing a bigger role every year with responsible companies, I thought maybe we could help them set their goals for the New Year. Holmes: Great idea Watson. What have you come up with? Watson: You know me Holmes. The first thing I always do is research to see what I can learn from others. I found that 3M’s Sustainability Goals for 2015 include the following: Read the Article Environmental Stewardship: Reduce Volatile Air Emissions 15% by 2015 from 2010 base year … Reduce Waste 10% by 2015 from 2010 base year … Improve Energy Efficiency 25% by 2015 from 2005 base year … Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 5% by 2011 from 2006 base year … Develop Water Conservation Plans When 3M is located in water scarce and stressed areas Holmes: Setting Goals is certainly important, but what really matters is achieving those goals. We have been implementing successful “Energy Conservation” projects for more than 35 years so we know what works and what doesn’t.  While most in the Energy Profession are and have always been focused on Energy Audits leading to Capital Projects, we have concentrated on improving the Energy Efficiency of existing energy systems in existing facilities and reducing the amount and cost of electricity, gas, water and all other utilities. A side benefit that wasn’t talked about in our early years has always been reducing emissions including Greenhouse Gases. Watson: And for most of those years, you have been teaching, making presentations and writing papers trying to share our methods with others. Can you summarize the most...