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October 2019 Newsletter

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

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Happy October! Fall into energy savings by prioritizing energy efficiency. Not sure how to get started? Visit our website or contact us for more information.

The Financial Benefits of a Building Tune-Up


Get the most out of your energy efficiency upgrades with retro-commissioning (RCx). Retro-commissioning often requires less capital investment to receive significant savings by optimizing existing equipment and controls to increase building efficiency. In terms of investment, RCx is among the top performers. Retro-commissioning addresses and resolves problems that may have arisen over time due to HVAC and lighting systems drifting out of calibration.

A successful retro-commissioning study will look at your building automation system to uncover inaccuracies in the way your facility runs. For example, you could have a system that is simultaneously heating and cooling, lights powering on when no one is in the building, thermostats that are not set properly, economizers that aren’t working efficiently, or variable speed drives that are running at an unnecessarily high level. Implementation measures include low-cost to no-cost operational, scheduling, and maintenance recommendations. Since implementation is low-cost, the average payback period for a retro-commissioning project is typically measured in months, not years and our customers report an average cost savings between 5 and 10 percent.

In addition to cost savings, retro-commissioning can improve air quality, minimize hot and cold spots, increase occupant comfort, extend equipment life, decrease the amount of service calls needed, and help you comply with energy efficiency standards. Retro-commissioning will give you peace of mind, knowing that your building is operating as it should. To have your building assessed, contact our Senior Program Manager, Ryan Curry, at 312-267-2864 or

Happy Energy Efficiency Day!


October 2nd was Energy Efficiency Day! 360 Energy Group along with 483 local governments, universities, corporations, and utilities joined together to celebrate and advocate for the importance of energy efficiency.

Prioritizing energy efficiency in your home or business saves you money by reducing operating costs, lowering maintenance costs, and increasing overall building performance. Even small projects make a difference. Switching 50 light bulbs from incandescent to LED would save enough energy to drive 3,216 miles in an average passenger vehicle or charge 167,717 smartphones.

Energy Efficiency Day may be recognized just once a year, but you can be an energy champion 365 days a year. With questions about how to get started or how to finance your energy projects, contact us at 312-265-3971 or

Simon Says


As the seasons change and the temperature drops, we are reminded of the importance of measures that reduce energy consumption and increase thermal comfort. One such measure is reducing cold air infiltration through the use of weatherstripping around doors and windows. Weatherstripping allows doors and windows to create a tight seal when closed while still allowing them to operate as usual. This strategy is beneficial for all types of buildings, but especially beneficial for drafty older buildings.

There is a large variety of weatherstripping available on the market, such as foam, metal, tape, and vinyl, so finding the solution for any specific application is easy. Before installing weatherstripping, ensure that the building will still receive adequate ventilation air. Consider a blower door test to identify areas to apply weatherstripping or to identify other areas of air infiltration.

The Social Media Corner


Are you up to Date on the Illinois Energy Code?

Did you know that Illinois has an updated energy code? Learn all you need to know in our blog post. Read more here.

How to use Utility Incentives with Chicago C-PACE

Maximize your energy savings by combining C-PACE with utility incentives. Learn how in our blog post. Read more here.

What is Retro-commissioning?

Learn how retro-commissioning can save you money without the large upfront investment. Check out our video here.


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