William Atkinson

Freelance Writer

William Atkinson has been a full-time business magazine writer since 1976. Contact him at w.atkinson@mchsi.com.

Articles by William Atkinson

June 2017
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) building energy codes were put into effect in the 1970s. Between 1992 and 2012, they have saved homeowners an estimated $15.6 billion. READ MORE
June 2017
According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources, replacing T12 fluorescents with T8s or T5s and upgrading to LEDs reduces lighting energy consumption. However, it is important to consider adding another tool to the mix: task tuning, also known as institutional tuning or high-end trim. READ MORE
June 2017
Sturgeon Electric Co. Inc. in Henderson, Colo., has been in business since 1912. It expanded into low-voltage work in 1984, when private bank exchange companies asked if it would be interested in performing their installations.
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May 2017
According to "Power Forward 3.0," the latest in a series of reports on corporate involvement in green initiatives, published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the largest companies in the United States are steadily increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts, and improving their bottom lines at the same time. READ MORE
May 2017
On May 10, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its latest City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. In announcing the report, the ACEEE noted, "As the federal government weighs budget cuts to energy efficient programs, cities are stepping up efforts to reduce energy waste. READ MORE
May 2017
According to the latest data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new home construction and building permits fell in April, but this drop doesn't really tell the whole story of what is going on in the residential homebuilding market. READ MORE
May 2017
A new report, "Going Beyond Zero: A Systems Efficiency Blueprint for Building Energy Optimization and Resilience," published in May by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), focuses on how to better capitalize on new technologies that allow "smarter interactions of components" within and among various building systems (including heating and cooling systems, lighting systems, and miscellaneous electric READ MORE
May 2017
The San Francisco Unified School District recently won a "2017 Best of Green Schools" award from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network, partly for its "green" progress in recent years, but mostly for its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. READ MORE
May 2017
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) releases reports based on customer surveys about involvement in the smart grid. In 2016, it released three reports: “The Empowered Consumer,” “Consumer Driven Technologies” and “Customer Experience and Expectations.” The reports were integrated into the SGCC’s “2017 State of the Consumer Report.” READ MORE

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