Dave VanTol

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Energy Efficient Lighting Applications: LED ,Inductive & Fluorescent

Energy Efficient Lighting Choices

Energy savings has become somewhat of a "buzz" topic. The lighting market has tons of different technologies available to the business owner or consumer, but how do you know what works?

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Topics: t5 fluorescent, energy efficient, energy efficient lighting, LED Lighting, inductive fluorescent

How to Choose an Infrared Sensor

So Many Infrared Sensors to Choose From

While there are different sensor technologies (infrared, ultra sonic, and dual technology) today's post is about which applications are not suited to the PIR, or infrared sensor and how to choose an Infrared Sensor.

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Topics: infrared sensors, occupancy sensor

How To Be Your Own Electricity Calculator for Energy Savings

"How To" Energy Savings Calculations

Recently we took a good hard look at what articles we had written generated the most interest. It was clear that most people were interested in the "how to" of calculations.

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Topics: annual energy savings, Energy savings, electricity calculator

Learn How to Make Air Handlers More Energy Efficient

Are Your Air Handlers Energy Efficient?

VFD's On Air Handlers for Energy Efficiency

If your a business owner with a medium to large sized building chances are you have at least one air handler on your facility.  Air handlers provide your heating and cooling.

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Topics: energy efficient, VFD

How To Calculate Occupancy Sensors Energy Savings

Do Occupancy Sensors Save Big Money?

I have written in the past about which sensors are for various applications, however a common question I hear is "how much electricity do they save?". In this article I will run through a common scenario and show the benefits of adding them to your lighting system.

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Topics: Energy savings, motion sensor, occ sensor, occupancy sensor, fluorescent highbay, T5 HO

How to Determine if Your Motor is Energy Efficient

Are Energy Efficient Motors A Good Investment?

Steps to Calculate the Cost of Your Existing Motors

In order to determine if upgrading to more energy efficiency motors is a practical consideration for your business, you must first calculate the cost of your existing motors.  We show you how to calculate those costs here:

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Topics: cost of running a motor, energy efficient

Learn How to Choose the Right Type of Motion Sensors

Infrared, Ultrasonic, Dual Technology, which do I choose?

In a previous post "Motion Sensors 101", I listed the functions of motion sensors.

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Topics: motion sensor, occupancy sensor, ultrasonic, motion

Learn How to Increase Energy Efficiency in Home or Business

Simple, Practical Energy Efficiency Tips for Homeowners and Businesses

These are some simple tips than anyone can implement for immediate energy savings.  I know, because these are the very same things I did in my home.

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Topics: Improve Energy Efficiency, calculate energy savings, how to increase energy efficiency

3 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in Less than 1 Hour

Simple, Practical Energy Efficiency Tips for Homeowners (Works for Small Businesses TOO!)

We recently got some feedback on our blog that told us we were way too technical on our blog, not easy to understand. 

I thought about it a little and decided...hey, I am doing all I can at home for energy efficiency...why not talk about tips that can help homeowners save money as well?

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Topics: Improve Energy Efficiency, calculate energy savings, how to increase energy efficiency, Crippen Automotive

Ways to Improve Hazardous Area Lighting for Energy Efficiency

No Solutions for Energy Efficient Hazardous area lighting?

I drive to work every morning and see large chemical process facilities burning inefficient HID lighting.

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Topics: hazardous area lighting, Energy savings, inductive fluorescent, hazardous location