2016 Annual Report

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Distributed Energy Management (DEM) is a proud partner to many organizations, helping them gain control over their utility budgets and decisions. Leading companies know that adopting best practices in operations and finance helps improve resource productivity and make them more sustainable. We appreciate our clients who depend on us to be accountable for their utility […]

The Roadmap to Energy Efficiency

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Why Your Organization Has its Own Unique Path   This blog was inspired by the following article: Navigant Research: There Is No Cookie-Cutter Approach to Energy Efficiency Every decision in energy is unique. Your approach to efficiency needs to make sense for your company and your situation. Rather than looking at the best technology first, persistent […]

Small to Medium-sized Building Owners Have Bright Energy Prospects

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Often Overlooked Sector Has Huge Potential in Energy Savings   http://www.energymanagertoday.com/driving-energy-efficiency-in-small-and-medium-size-buildings-0126148/ What would you do with a surplus of cash? In times of capital market uncertainties, setting aside money for future building retrofits is a smart and practical idea. This article by Energy Manager Today highlights an often overlooked sector – the energy efficiency retrofits of […]

The Value of Energy Efficiency

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The Lens Through Which Energy Efficiency is Viewed Can Make all the Difference The value of energy efficiency, as discussed in this Energy Collective article, still takes time and effort to explain. Yet to people in the industry, the value seems apparent and obvious. To help bridge the gap we can look at the value of […]

Saving Energy in the Information Age

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Saving money is easy if you know you’re spending it wastefully. Saving energy is just as easy … as long as you know you’re wasting it. The biggest challenge has been to know just how you’re wasting the energy. After all, energy is invisible until you pay the bills. By then it’s painful and too […]

The Business of Planting Trees

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A business sustains its operations by making money. Revenues must be greater than expenses, and a successful business is able to repeat this year over year. To do so, they must manage risks to both sustain and grow revenue while controlling and lowering expenses. Businesses manage revenue-side risks by erecting competitive barriers to entry, investing […]

Unified Resource Management

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Unified resource management can achieve significant conservation and consumption goals. This is true inside a building, within a company or for an entire state. As this Navigant Research article shows, the California drought highlights the critical nature of collaboration across departments and jurisdictions. The breaking down of silos and convening around a unified goal was essential […]

Utility Budget Management

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Better Budget Management Makes for a Better Future A budget, according to the following article, is “…a systematic method of allocating financial, physical, and human resources to achieve strategic goals. Companies develop budgets in order to monitor progress toward their goals, help control spending, and predict cash flow and profit.” Another resource to be allocated is energy. […]

Siloed Utility Costs

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If you don’t already know, energy and utility costs are what we’re all about. Distributed Energy Management tackles energy costs first and foremost from a budget standpoint, as decisions in business tend to start and stop there. In a recent article by Energy Smart, Kurt Fisette discusses the fallacy of siloed energy management; something we […]

What Makes a City Resilient?

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Resiliency has been on our minds lately. COP21 was held last month in Paris, and while the broader goals were around international agreement on renewables and energy efficiency, there was still much to be said for how our energy infrastructure takes part in building resilient communities. After gaining some inspiration from a great piece by Corporate Knights, Jimmy […]

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