Privacy Policy

This page serves as the Privacy Policy for the current website, A Privacy Policy is mandatory from the 25th of May 2018 in accordance to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This law is designed to accomplish two main things:

  1. Unify the current data protection privacy laws throughout the EU, and
  2. Enhance the rights of citizens of the EU to protect their personal information.

The goal of this Privacy Policy is to inform, you, the visitor of this website, which personal data is collected by this website, how it is used and/or shared and the level of control that you have over this data.

Who we are

This website hosts a blog run by me, Andrea Pancotti, a professional with a long experience in the Energy Services business with the goal of sharing ideas, discussing successes, failures and in general all topics related to Energy Performance Contracting, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management and ultimately everything leading to an effective utilization of energy.

The content on this website is for free. There is no need for users to register themselves before being allowed to download content. In no other way, for example by sharing personal data to third-parties, is this website monetized.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Data is collected on this website in the following ways

Content (within a blog post)

Articles on this website may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


When you leave a comment and you voluntarily choose to enter your name, e-mail address or website (or all three) at the end of a blog post, this information is collected.

Please be aware that entering your name, e-mail address or website when posting a comment is NOT required for you to be able to post a comment!

When visitors leave comments on this website also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string are collected to help spam detection, independent whether you choose to enter your e-mail address or not.

Furthermore, an anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) is provided to the Gravatar™ service to see if you are using it. For more information, please see the Gravatar™ service privacy policy. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you send me, Andrea Pancotti, an e-mail using the form on the Contact Me page, your e-mail address is collected on the mail server of my provider. When you sign up for my newsletter on the Why This Blog page, your email address, Name and Surname (if provided) are sent to Mailchimp, which manages our Newsletter platform. You can find Mailchimp Privacy Policy at


A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website that you visit. In general, it helps the website to remember information about your visit, like your preferred language and other settings. That can make your next visit easier and the site more useful to you. Cookies play an important role. Without them, using the web would be a much more frustrating experience.

When you launch this website for the first time, a cookie notification is displayed which you have to accept. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings on your browser.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

When you launch this website,, the following plugins will place cookies on your local computer:

  • Cookie Notice:
    • cookie_notice_accepted – this cookie prevents the cookie notification bar from appearing each time you visit (after having accepted the cookie notice).
  • Google Analytics:
    • _ga – This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.
    • _gat – this cookie is used to throttle the request rate, limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
    • _gid – this is a relatively new cookie and as of spring 2017 no information is available from Google™. It stores and updates a unique value for each page visited.
    • collect – this cookie is used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behavior. It expires at the end of the browsing session.


This website uses Google Analytics™ to track the usage of this website. This information is used in a purely informative way so I, Andrea Pancotti, can monitor the growth of my website, so I can see which posts/articles visitors find most interesting and how long visitors stay on one particular page.

Google Analytics™ is NOT connected to any other service Google™ may provide, such as AddWords™, AddSense™, Exchange™ or more. For more information, please read Google Analytics’s Privacy Policy.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. More importantly, your comments offer interesting thoughts to the article in question and other visitors should be allowed to read these thoughts and perhaps be inspired to add their own comments.


The retention time of the cookies used on this website is as follows:

  • Cookie Notice:
    • cookie_notice_accepted – one year (after cookie acceptance)
  • Google Analytics: 
    • _ga – two years (the amount of time is customizable by the owner of the Google Analytics account, which is me, Andrea Pancotti).
    • _gat – one minute
    • _gid – one minute
    • collect – It expires at the end of the browsing session.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

As explained above, this website sends analytic data to Google Analytics™ and a connection is made to the Gravatar service when you post a comment including your e-mail address. Also, visitor comments are checked by an automated spam detection service (Akismet Anti-Spam). Finally, if you register to the Neswletter, your data are sent to Mailchimp. No other data is sent.

This website is hosted in Dallas, Texas, USA

How we protect your data

Your data is securely stored in the database of this website. An administrator can only access this website using Two-Factor Authentication. Any e-mails you send me through the contact form on the Contact Me page are securely stored on the mail server of my provider.

How to contact me

I hope that the information in this Privacy Policy was clear and concise. More importantly, I hope that the information removes any doubts you may have concerning the abuse or ill-management of your personal data. In case you do have further questions, please send me, Andrea Pancotti, an e-mail using the form on the Contact Me page.

Thank you for visiting this website.

Kind regards,

Andrea Pancotti