Bill Holmes on Energy

A Ghost in the Chilled Water System Confirms Need for Trained Energy Professionals

The energy systems were the responsibility of the custodians; the same people who swept the floors at night. The poorly trained operator was wasting more of the owner’s money every year than it would have cost to hire one with the required education, skills and experience.

How Energy Costs Were Reduced by 35% in 20 Buildings with No Capital Projects

We didn't do Energy Audits of any of the buildings.The first step was to install a permanent energy monitoring system which provided much more comprehensive and accurate data than the estimated data from an Energy Audit. We focused on producing actual savings as quickly as possible. 

A Low Energy Efficiency Rating is Destroying My Marriage

After my wife and I were married her Energy Efficiency Rating started to drop. For a while we were about average and then we sunk to below average. We’re too embarrassed to even go outside anymore. I’m not sure our marriage will survive. Help me Watson. What can we do?

A Compilation of Watson's Comics & Thoughts on the World of Energy Efficiency

Some of Watson's best comics and most profound comments from the past several weeks. 

President Makes Foremen Pay Utility Bills - Saves 35%

Watson: Unless the people at the top put reducing energy costs high on the priority list and provide the employees with the incentive and information they need to understand and manage when, where and how the utility dollars are being spent, it isn’t going to get done.

What is Low-Hanging Fruit Anyway?

Watson: Using the analogy of picking fruit, I can’t see how lighting projects could possibly be considered “Low Hanging Fruit”. They are expensive, require a significant investment and have long paybacks.  Walking through a field picking low hanging fruit only requires a sack over one or two of your four shoulders.

Does ROI Mean "Reward of Ignorance" When Used to Deny the Purchase of Energy Information Systems?

Watson: If a company thinks they can manage their energy costs without actual data, I wonder if their corporate slogan is, “Better Management through Ignorance” or “Our Management Decisions are the Same With or Without Facts”?

Requiring Certifications to do Energy Audits & Benchmarking May Keep the Bureaucrats Happy but they Don’t Provide the Skills Required to Actually Save Energy

Watson: I don’t want to waste any more time and money getting Certifications that only qualify me do Energy Auditing and Benchmarking, exercises that don’t save any energy and are of little value to anyone other than the agencies promoting them. 

Watson's Words of Wisdom on Benchmarking

Doesn’t anyone out there but me see how ridiculous the whole concept is of reviewing data once a year to verify that a building is being run efficiently? Come on, I’m a dog and I can see it. I’m betting even a really smart cat could see it too!

Why Don’t Utility Companies Give their Customers the Information they Need to Reduce their Costs?

Watson: Providing usage profiles is the single most valuable thing that utilities could do to help their customers reduce the amount of energy they use. Since they don’t do it, it makes you question whether utility companies really want to help their customers reduce their bills doesn't it?