Technology: Optimum Energy, EnergySavvy.com, 3Tier.com

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Energy reduction is a primary concern for businesses that want to lower their environmental impact. But with Optimum Energy’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) monitoring software, going green isn’t just about being feel-good about the environment, it’s also about saving money. By monitoring and optimizing HVAC operations, businesses can realize a 30 percent to 60 percent reduction in energy use. The system works by collecting data, automatically adjusting the system to optimize it and then making the data easily presentable. This feature gives the HVAC controller the ability to quickly and accurately diagnose performance issues.

Location: Seattle

Employees: 40

Website: optimumenergyHVAC.com

Commercial buildings consume nearly 20 percent of U.S. energy, and when a component of an HVAC system is not functioning correctly, it can lead to inefficiencies that cost companies thousands of dollars and compound on a huge scale. Optimum Energy’s software allows a quick diagnosis to prevent energy loss. Optimum Energy’s customers typically recoup their investment in 12 to 36 months, and experience a substantial reduction in operating cost every year after.

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EnergySavvy.com

Location: Seattle

Employees: 5

Website: energysavvy.com

EnergySavvy.com provides online software that can help customers conduct an energy audit of their home, detailing problem areas and potential solutions. In addition to finding areas of waste, EnergySavvy.com also assists customers with identifying potential discounts from their utility company, and can connect them with energy efficiency experts for larger than do-it-yourself projects.

3Tier.com

Location: Seattle

Employees: 56

Website: 3Tier.com

For more than 10 years, 3Tier has been helping businesses make educated decisions about renewable energy projects. Its products let developers forecast whether a project will be successful, leading to better-informed decisions and more support for clean energy. In early 2010, 3Tier presented a simple point-and-click map allowing customers to analyze wind and solar power conditions throughout the world.

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