Did you miss the revolution?

Did you miss the revolution?

Over the last three decades, the Digital Revolution has transformed the way we live and work. Cell phones connect us instantly, regardless of location. The Internet permits the exchange of information among people the world over. Digital cameras capture sights and sounds and enable their immediate distribution. High-definition television provides the clearest picture ever enjoyed, and MP3 players put Beethoven in our pockets.

What’s more, all of these devices work in sync. A single gizmo is neat, but plug it into another – and another and another – and you create a network of unprecedented capability. That’s the exponential power of harmony.

Strangely, despite its obvious benefits, this technological revolution has bypassed the spaces where we spend most of our time: our homes and offices. Building operations rely on long-obsolete equipment and processes even as conventional energy sources dwindle, utility costs soar, and the global economy shrinks.

Peer inside a typical mechanical room, and you’ll encounter a jumble of machines operating in isolation from one another. Over time, new equipment has been added to the original configuration. Although the functioning of one piece depends on the functioning of others, they don’t communicate with one another.

Chaos is compounded by ignorance. Building personnel don’t understand the function of each component in relation to others. The equipment doesn’t monitor itself, and the pertinent drawings, plans, diagnostic devices and tools are stored who-knows-where.

Proactively managing energy usage is impossible. Instead, the over-taxed building manager and maintenance crew perform isolated repairs in response to individual complaints; on weekends and holidays, security guards are pressed into service as technicians.

Quick fixes often spawn residual problems: Air conditioners run in the winter because of a thermostat repair made in the summer. And jerry-rigging one component has unforeseen impacts on others. The efficiency of one chiller may be fairly easy to gauge, but it’s much more difficult to determine if three chillers are working together optimally. What about introducing new equipment? Sometimes determining compatibility amounts to mere guesswork.

Then there’s the challenge of shutting down select pieces of equipment. This can prove so daunting that everything is allowed to run 24/7 — posing safety risks, eating up budgets, and displaying a disregard for the environment that, at the least, amounts to bad public relations.

Energy Efficient Technologies, LLC (EET) transforms building operations.

We don’t isolate. We integrate.

EET provides a clear solution to this chaos: a system that ties together all building processes – from HVAC to security – into one cohesive whole. Units that depend on one another communicate with one another, and with the humans who maintain them. Data on performance and energy usage are readily accessible by cell phone, e-mail or text message. And the system is designed to accommodate emergent technologies without supplanting existing investments.

We don’t think in bits and pieces. We take it all in.

EET goes after big savings over the long term. We know that the efficiency of the whole is impaired not only by a single component but also by faulty communication. So we look at the larger context, including human interaction. Is a major overhaul necessary in a space that’s rarely used? Can the waste product of one process be recycled as input for another? We don’t believe that replacing equipment is always the best solution. Our systems are automatic, but our thinking isn’t.

We don’t sell machines. We do what’s best for the customer.

At EET, we listen to the customer and respect budgets. We scrutinize property to determine what is feasible. We specialize in solutions that start small and grow – right along with your real needs, your income and your confidence in us.

Ask yourself.

• Is our equipment running when it shouldn’t be?
• Are the individual components inefficient?
• Are the individual components working in isolation?

If the answer to any question is yes, contact EET to find out how to reduce your energy costs by 30 to 60 percent, or more.

There is no single technology that can create the optimal energy efficiency at your building. Only through continued and integrated improvement can you become more energy efficient, and more operationally efficient, all while being capital efficient.