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Air Conditioning Tons and Where They Come From?

When speaking about air conditioners and their capacity, they are often measured in terms of tons.

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Benchmarking Basics

Energy benchmarking is the process of comparing the energy use of a building with the energy use of buildings of similar type; for example, comparing the energy use per square foot of one elementary school with average energy use for general elementary schools.

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When to Use Energy Modeling

Energy modeling is a process which involves creating computer models of a buildings or facilities in order to analyze them and their energy usage.

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City of Ames 2019 Eco Fair

Recently the City of Ames held its annual Eco Fair celebrating local sustainability and conservation programs, products, and services.

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Preparing for the warmer weather

Spring is finally here and with it will come warmer temperatures. An important item to add to your Spring-cleaning list should be having an air conditioner tune up.

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City of Ames Smart Business Challenge Luncheon

Recently the City of Ames held a recognition luncheon for members of its Smart Business Challenge. Find out what they did for their members.

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Anatomy of an Ames Energy Audit

Did you know that TEG provides free home energy audits for City of Ames residents? Here’s what you can expect from a typical residential energy audit.   The audit process involves two things: the site visit and the report. The site visit takes around an hour to complete. During the site visit the air conditioner, furnace, water heater, large appliances, insulation, lighting, and building shell are inspected and information is gathered on them (model/serial numbers, etc.)   A blower door test is also run for homes that were built around or before the year 2000. The blower door test can […]

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