Bill Holmes on Energy

Every Facility is Unique; Benchmarking One Against Another Has Little Value

Watson: The Energy Star Website says, “You know what’s motivating? Finding out you’re behind the curve and you didn’t even know it." Is that what really motivates people Holmes, to find out that their building has a low Energy Star Rating? Holmes: That’s a new one on me. 

You can’t afford not to have a permanent energy monitoring system

Watson: What makes you so certain that every building needs permanent instrumentation to operate efficiently? Holmes: You mean other than the fact that every plane, car, ship, train and sophisticated device except buildings is operated that way? Watson: Yes, other than that.

The energy profession has it backwards!

Watson: By installing an Energy Monitoring System at the beginning of every project, all of the hours and dollars associated with benchmarking, estimating energy use, projecting savings and other tasks can be eliminated. The owner can spend their time producing Results instead of Reports.

Happy 4th of July from Holmes and Watson !

Watson: I understand you served seven years on active duty with the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Holmes: I did and have always been proud of this country and all of the wonderful people who have contributed over several hundred years to our Freedom!

They spent millions buying what they thought were energy management systems for 175 buildings

The State Director of Energy Conservation spent millions of dollars buying  what he was told were Energy Management Systems for 175 buildings. But they didn't monitor a single meter. Surprise! They were only Temperature Controls Systems.

If airplanes can fly on autopilot, why can't buildings?

“If an airplane can fly eight miles above the earth on “autopilot” why can’t a building on the ground do so? The answer is that not only can buildings have “autopilots” but they should.” – Jim Sinopoly, Founder of Smart Buildings LLC

What industrial plants could learn about tracking energy from nuclear plants

Nuclear Plants have to do an Energy Balance every day to account for every gram of fuel consumed in the reactor. Every Industrial Plant and other type of building can use those same techniques to uncover opportunities to save energy and money.

Infrared camera exposes both nurse’s and floor’s hot spots

The ER Doc asked if he could look through the infrared camera Watson so I handed it to him. He pointed it at the nurse and said, “Oh my God, look at that”. Here I was, this dumb engineer looking at the floor when this brilliant ER Doc took the camera...

Case study: Optimizing a 15,000 Hp compressed air system on an 1,100 acre site

The Key to Optimizing the Total Compressed  Air System was to display the Energy Use and Efficiency for each Compressor as well as the Total System on one screen on the Operator's Desk. The Operator tuned the system for each operating condition.

Is energy auditing and benchmarking a billion dollar industry?

Watson: Since Energy Audits haven’t changed in 40 years, more States and Cities are making them mandatory. They’re following Peter Drucker’s advice, “When a subject becomes obsolete, we make it a required course.”