Holiday Donations For Families In Need

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The holiday season has always been the season of giving, and this year just like every year before, for the past 14 years Engenuity Systems and Small Box Energy have combined forces to help a local cause. Catholic Charities Community Services, a charity that has been located in downtown Phoenix since 1933. They first started out helping vulnerable children, and over the years have molded and changed with the valley to provide life-changing services that protect families in the Maricopa, Yavapai, Coconino and Mohave Counties. They now help over 100,000 men, women and children every year with these services and donations.

Engenuity Systems (Small Box Energy’s sister company) has been hosting the My Sisters’ Place donation site for just over 14 years now. “I can’t imagine these families having to deal with this. It makes you realize how much these little ones need our support”, Kim Markie explains when talking about the children affected by domestic violence. Kim Markie,  the wife of Chief Executive Officer Tracy Markie, started the charity work with My Sisters’ Place when she worked at Engenuity Systems. My Sisters’ Place is a part of the Catholic Charities Community Services, they help all victims of domestic violence. My Sisters’ Place founded in 1985 and are only one of two confidential domestic violence shelters in the East Valley.

“This is something that would not be made possible without the generous donations from the community,” Valuikas says. Donations come in the form of typical Christmas presents, toys for all age children, movies, movie tickets, gift cards; but also include day to day items like personal hygiene items, shoes, clothes, diapers, wipes, hair products etc. Donations being accepted must be new and unwrapped items, Engenuity will be accepting items until Friday, December 22nd. You can drop any donations off at Engenuity Systems located at 2165 w. Pecos, Suite 1, Chandler, AZ 85224. If you have any questions please call 480-782-5600.

“Even though sometimes it feels like your contribution may be so small that it couldn’t possibly help, if every one of us gave a little of ourselves it would add up to a lot,” says Markie.

Remember that this holiday season even the littlest amount of help counts. It may not feel like much to you but to someone else, it’s everything.

If you are unable to donate at the Engenuity Office please visit the Catholic Charities Community Services to donate in other ways.

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Tips to Help Maintain Your Walk-In’s

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Summer is here and tis the season when all your equipment problems come to light. It’s basically Murphy’s Law when equipment goes out in the summertime. Imagine having a restaurant packed full of customers for your lunch rush and your dining room Air conditioner just went down….hopefully you are located someplace that isn’t Arizona. There are more things to consider in the summertime than just your air conditioning units. Walk-In freezers and coolers are no exception to this law as well.

When temperatures rise so does the workload on your equipment running like walk-in freezers to maintain its set temperature. Just like a car your walk-in cooler, and any equipment for that matter, will last you a lot longer if it’s properly maintained. Even if you have a preventative maintenance company it’s always good to glance at these items every so often to ensure equipment is in good working order.

Here are 6 Tips that will help:

  1. Visually Inspect: Look for:
    1. Corrosion on fins, copper tubing and solder joints
    2. Excessive or unusual vibration of fan blades when the unit is on.
    3. Oil stains on headers, return bends, and coil fins.
  2. Cleanliness: It’s always a good idea to keep the coolers/freezers clean. Soap and water are the best methods to clean avoiding any harsh chemicals as they may harm the metal surfaces.
    1. Not Just Inside: be sure to clean evaporator coil and blades using a brush and pressurized water.
  3. Inspect Door seals and hinges quarterly
    1. Ensure that the door is getting a good seal and is not damaged. Make sure the hinges are properly lubricated and not sticking.
  4. Check condensing units to ensure there is proper airflow and nothing is obstructing the evaporators and condensing units.
  5. Monitor temperatures Daily
    1. If you are not currently documenting and monitoring temperatures there is no way to ensure your freezer or cooler is meeting it’s setpoint temperature. a unit that is unable to meet its setpoint could have something fundamentally wrong and may be in serious need of maintenance or repair . 
  6. Talk with your refrigeration tech to ensure you have a scheduled maintenance program set up.

Small Box Energy’s Director of Deployment Jim Parker installs the chameleon™ platform in the field and has seen a little bit of everything. Jim talked with me about common problems he sees in the field, “One thing I always hear is when the unit ices up we just add more defrost…this does not solve the root issue of why the unit is icing up, but making it. This extends the run times as well as the wear and tear on the system, ultimately reducing the efficiency and life of the equipment.” Jim lists common problems with Walk-In units that he comes across:

     1. Dirty Coils

     2. Fans not Functioning

     3. Low Refrigerant

     4. Tune-Ups Not Up To Date

     5. Bad Door Seals

     6. Evaporator Not Sealed Allowing Moisture Intrusion

Most of the above problems can be remedied by using the tips provided above. We hope you found these tips useful and remember to stay COOL!

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Online Training Now Available

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We know how busy you are running the stores; therefore, we have launched our own e-learning series for chameleon-cloud and our mobile applications. Customers can find the collection of videos on Small Box Energy’s YouTube page. We have also included links to the videos through the support portal and in the footer of

Each video is approximately 10-15 minutes in length and walks through specific tabs and settings while teaching you how to quickly assess the graphs and data to detect potential equipment or operational failures.

Watch and learn at your own pace and share with colleagues. Watch Now.

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Common Energy Management Certifications

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Why are energy management certifications important and how do you distinguish between the credentials?

CEM-blue140As the world turns continues to reduce energy and use sustainable resources, it is easy to get caught up in the hype and the idea of saving a ton of money without checking the credentials of who is trying to sell you the next great thing. As a business owner, or consumer, it is important to know the various energy certifications, why they are important, and when to ask for the credentials.

Certified Energy Manager®

Certified Energy Manager® (CEM®) is a worldwide recognition from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The AEE was established in 1981 and has been the leading body for certifying Energy Managers with a standard ANSE/ISO/IEC certification program. It is the most widely recognized energy management certification with over 15,500 active CEMs. To become a CEM, individuals are required to take classroom courses and have relevant work experience. The exam is monitored and governed by a 3rd party to ensure integrity of the exam. To maintain the certification, CEMs must continue to evolve their education on an annual basis.

A CEM optimizes solutions to reduce energy consumption, and they serve as a system integrator for electrical, mechanical, process and building infrastructure systems. Their strategic, cost effective approach often makes them candidates for leadership roles to develop and implement energy management strategies for the entire organization.

Tracy Markie, CEO of Small Box Energy is a CEM.

Certified Business Energy Professional

The Business Energy Professional (BEP) program, also created by the AEE, is specifically designed to raise the professional standards of those engaged in business/marketing, energy management, utility account management and customer service representative. This certification requires individuals to complete a classroom course and pass the exam. They must maintain a high level of competence and ethical fitness for business/marketing and energy management related disciplines, as well as follow laws governing and affecting energy professionals.

LEED Professional Credential

A LEED professional credential signifies someone is qualified as an active participant in the green building movement through design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings and neighborhoods that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. There are several certification types.

A LEED AP credential shows advanced knowledge in green building as well as expertise in a particular LEED rating system, for example Building Design & Construction, Operations & Maintenance, Interior Design & Construction, Home, and Neighborhood Development. LEED certified professionals must maintain their credential through on-going education and certification.

Certified Sustainable Building Advisor

An employee with the title of Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) specializes in strategies and tools for implementing sustainable building. They work with architects, designers, builders, building operators, and utilities to identify and discuss the key practices of sustainable building and improve a building’s performance. Certification can be obtained through college courses.

Credential for Green Property Management

The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) offer the Credential for Green Property Management (CGPM). The CGPM certification is tailored for on-site managers, maintenance staff, and supervisors of front-line staff. It provides management companies and owners a mechanism for meeting initial and ongoing training commitments to the HUD Office of Affordable Preservation (OAHP) if they have opted for a green Market-to-Market restructuring. Credential holders will learn the latest techniques and technologies for making cost-saving green improvements at properties

The CGPM is not restricted to employees of management companies who have opted for OAHP green restructuring. This credential will also benefit on-site managers, maintenance staff and supervisors of front-line staff at other affordable and conventional apartment communities employing green operations and maintenance practices.

These are the most common credentials; however, there are other certifications available.

The CEM credentials require a real-world experience and degrees. Small Box Energy has a program in place to certify key personnel after they have met the requirements.

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