Bill Holmes on Energy

Why is the Energy Efficiency Profession Still Using Methods That Haven't Changed in 40 Years?

Watson: As a former sheepdog, I think the Herd (Flock) Mentality convinces people that their own group is smarter or more important than others. They just fall in line and fail to look for other points of view."

The Question is Not If Big Data & Analytics Will Revolutionize the Energy Efficiency Profession, But When

Even though the Energy Efficiency Profession, Government and Utility programs have refused to embrace sound scientific methods based on permanent instrumentation, outside influences will force them into the Information Age.

Data Loggers are Too Expensive to Justify; Permanent Energy Instrumentation is the Only Solution.

When the cost of the labor associated with using data loggers to collect spot data is considered, the practice is too expensive to be practical. Funding their use is just another example of paying engineers for preparing to save energy rather than paying them for actually saving energy.

“Do You Realize What You Have? You Have a Money Machine. You are Paying Owners to Let You Work in Their Building.”

By using no-cost, low-cost methods to tune-up energy systems and reduce utility costs without capital projects, an owner can pay energy professionals for their services with part of the dollars saved and put the rest of the savings in their pocket.

Eliminating Energy Waste in Buildings Could Save 100,000’s of Lives Every Year

There were about 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution in 2012. Coal particulates pollution alone is estimated to shorten approximately 1,000,000 lives annually worldwide, including nearly 24,000 lives a year in the United States. Reducing the energy wasted in buildings will literally save and improve the quality of millions of lives.

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.