New, stricter, compliance legislation is slated for 2017-2020!

Power Conversion:  Lowering Your Energy Costs

"Dirty" energy is electricity that picks up harmonics due to a variety of reasons (imbalanced loading across phases, AC to DC conversion (needed for electronics), cavitation, energy spikes, etc.). Harmonics in power systems result in increased heating in equipment and conductors, misfiring in variable speed drives, and torque pulsations in motors. Ideally, any company--regardless of industry--would like to minimize harmonics as much as possible. 

Imagine a glass of beer, with a head of foam.  The liquid is available energy for you to use; the foam is dirty energy that is unusable, although you still pay for it.  You pay for the entire glass of beer, even though you only want the liquid.  You are paying for energy you can't even use.

California's Title 24 Compliance Requirement

What is Title 24?

Throughout California the Title 24 energy standards address the energy efficiency of new (and altered) homes and commercial buildings. Title 24's aim is to:  reduce energy costs; increase reliability and availability of electricity; improve building occupant comfort, and reduce environmental impact of energy. In 1978 the California legislature enacted the Title 24 energy standards. The standards are contained within Title 24, part 6 of the California Code of Regulations.  All buildings are required to be in compliance, enforced through local building codes.


ECO-1 provides facility owners, managers and Operations personnel with refined information to identify the cause of operational inefficiencies, helping improve bottom-line results. The automated ECO-1 system focuses on identifying energy and cost savings in lighting, power quality and heating and air conditioning systems. Once identified and quantified through metrics and dashboard summaries, the cause of the inefficiency or power quality issue can be eliminated or minimized, reducing energy usage and cost. Once the inefficiencies are eliminated, equipment life is extended, reducing the total cost of operations and improving environmental comfort. ECO-1 typically provides a 10%-20% reduction in energy usage and cost savings with a typical installed payback of 12 months or less.

Title 24 in California

The Solution:  Power Conversion/Filtration
By eliminating harmonic pollution, you will not only extend the life of valuable equipment, but also decrease electricity costs by as much as 20-30%.  That means a company spending $250,000/year on power could end up saving as much as $50,000-$75,000 a year!
CMH represents One Cycle, a company which has created hardware that can filter power in a fast, stable and reliable way, with a simple user-interface.  The products are also scalable, so that as your company's power needs grow, you can easily modify your existing system to address your growth.  The result:  less energy use, less wear on valuable equipment, increased profit margin, and cleaner environment. 

Power Monitoring

Energy Efficiency begins with understanding your power consumption, how efficient you are using your power, and what you can do to reduce costs and increase efficiency. But who has the time or knowledge to understand harmonics, evenly-distributed load factor,  circuit nuisance trips, and the like?  Escalating energy costs continue to impact the bottom line of most businesses. In particular, businesses operating in buildings that are 10+ years old are at the greatest risk of running excessively high energy consumption and will benefit the most from the adaption of a comprehensive energy monitoring system.

The Fifth Fuel

In the past there have been four main sources of energy: Oil, Gas, Coal, and Hydro. Now, a "fifth fuel" is being heralded for economic growth:  energy efficiency.  While not a fuel source in the traditional sense, it is nevertheless a valuable resource with a vast reservoir that stands to benefit companies of all sizes. The private sector recognizes that retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency brings substantial rewards. Millions of dollars in fuel and electricity can be saved by replacing outdated boilers and chillers, installing high-efficiency LED lighting, fixing leaky windows and doors, installing or updating building automation systems, and adding renewable energy systems. 


Electricity Reliability, Demand, and Title 24
Buildings are one of the major contributors to electricity demand. We learned during the 2000/2001 California energy crisis and the East-coast blackout in the summer of 2003, that our electric distribution network is fragile and system overloads--caused by excessive demand from buildings--can create unstable conditions. Resulting blackouts can seriously disrupt business and cost the economy billions of dollars.

Title 24 standards are expected to reduce electric demand. Changes to the Title 24 standards occur periodically to account for improvements in conservation technologies, changes in the cost of fuels and energy-conserving strategies, and improved capabilities in analyzing building energy performance. Modifications are also made to further improve compliance and enforcement of the Title 24 standards.

The goal of the California Title 24 energy standards is the reduction of energy use. 

Fortunately, there are  products like ECO-1 that can monitor, analyze, and manage the power infrastructures for any size organization.  In addition to substantial savings on monthly energy bills (as much as 20% savings), your actual power costs can be accurately and fairly billed to departments, projects, or tenants.

Cost analysis suggests that improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings actually increases the net present value – that is, the savings over the life of the investments more than pay for the initial cost.
An example of a successful high profile, Energy Efficiency Retrofit is the $20 million retrofit project of the Empire State Building in New York City, launched in 2009. The project is expected to reduce energy use by up to 38% and cut energy costs by $4.4 million per year.