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August 2020 Newsletter

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Happy August! Summer is gradually coming to an end. Luckily, we have some tips to help get your energy use back on track as we shift into fall. Check out our website for more energy saving opportunities.

Achieving Long-Term Energy Efficiency


The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us working remotely which means our offices are largely unoccupied. As companies, municipalities, and schools return on-site, at least in some capacity, building automation schedules will need to be adjusted. Energy consuming systems such as HVAC or lighting must be re-programmed to match the current operations and equipment should be checked for mechanical issues or damage. Doing so results in a high potential for energy and cost savings. 

A retro-commissioning (RCx) study can do just that by assessing the existing equipment and recommending measures to improve the building's use, comfort, and energy consumption. RCx can address and resolve problems that may have occurred in the design and construction phase or issues that have arisen throughout the pandemic. Saving money and energy is essential for public and private entities. Focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability, may offset enough costs to reduce the need for furloughs and layoffs. 

Retro-commissioning provides recommendations that are little to no cost to implement with significant cost savings making RCx one of the most cost-effective options for energy efficiency. In addition to reduced operating and maintenance costs, RCx can attribute to a better working environment, reduce comfort complaints, and increase property value all within a short payback period. The payback period for these upgrades in typically measures in months rather than years.

Retro-commissioning is one of the best investments you could make. Schedule your study today by contacting Senior Program Manager, Ryan Curry, at or 312-267-2864. To learn more, access our retro-commissioning fact sheet here.

Overcoming Budgeting Concerns


During these unprecedented times, budgeting has become a major cause for concern. While investing in energy efficiency is a great way to save money in the long run, many customers cannot afford the associated upfront costs. Here are some tips to help you go green without breaking the bank.

  • Research and apply for utility incentives: Many gas and electric companies offer incentives for energy efficiency upgrades. Talk with your utility to determine what projects qualify and how to apply.

  • Schedule an energy assessment: Before applying for incentives, schedule an energy assessment. This assessment will outline all the potential energy savings measures your team could implement. Prioritizing one with a short payback period can help you in budgeting for future projects. 

  • Keep up with regular maintenance: Energy efficiency does not have to be an expensive project. Keeping up with regular maintenance of HVAC and mechanical systems will prevent more costly repairs down the line. An HVAC tune-up will also keep your system running at peak performance and extend the life of your unit. 

In addition to the above tips, the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, a public- private partnership between 360 Energy Group and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, administers a new program that allows more equal access to energy efficiency. The program provides no-to-low cost energy efficiency improvements to lighting and HVAC including LED interior and exterior lighting, occupancy sensors, HVAC tune-up, variable speed drives and more. To see if your facility qualifies, contact our Project Manager, Bryan Tillman, at or 773-236-8901

From Our Blog


Energy Efficiency for WWTP

Looking to save money at your municipality? Start with the wastewater treatment plant. See how much you can save by applying for a no-cost energy assessment with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center. Read here.

Optimizing HVAC for Cannabis

Cannabis cultivation can be very energy intensive and as the industry continues to take off, energy efficiency will be a major priority. Check out how optimizing HVAC systems can reduce energy usage and increase plant yield. Read here.

360EG Return to Work Plan

360 Energy Group is committed to upholding the health and safety of our customers. As Illinois gradually continues its reopening, we have worked internally to outline our safety guidelines so that we can return to work safely and efficiently. Read here.

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