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    How to Heat an Office – The Thermodynamic Secrets

    How do you heat a private office or any room for that matter? The challenge lies in the difference between two concepts: energy and temperature.

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    Sensible and Sensibilities: Different types of heat and why they matter

    There are two fundamental concepts related to how much energy cooling systems must use: sensible heat and latent heat. So which type of heat, sensible or latent, requires more energy to remove?

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    The Difference Between Energy (kWh) and Power (kW)

    Electricity costs for most commercial buildings are based both on the maximum power and the total amount of energy you use. Power and energy are different concepts, with very different costs, yet financiers, journalists, and pretty much everyone struggles to differentiate them.

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    Why Thermodynamics Matters for Buildings

    Using the principles of thermodynamics, we can keep people comfortable in a building while using energy in smarter ways. Thermodynamics teaches us numerous tradeoffs and rules that allow us to get the right temperature in the right place at the right time for the least amount of energy.

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    Lighting Insights – Efficiency, Efficacy, and Magic Number 683

    The difference between efficiency and efficacy is representative of the many issues that get ignored when discussing lighting and energy. But failing to understand this difference or the other nuances of lighting and energy, can turn what looks like great energy savings in theory into a poor investment.

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    How Occupancy Sensors Work

    Occupancy sensors can be extremely cost-effective tools for reducing energy use and costs. There are two main type of sensors: passive infrared and ultrasonic sensors.

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