Smart Energy Control
There are many different ideas out there about how to save electricity, and therefore, money. One that I have often heard is to turn off the AC in a building during the night. Although this may save you a great deal of usage overnight it can have repercussions in the morning.
Peak Demand monitoring involves shaving off the peak usage, and therefore the peak charges. So, along that same ideal let’s assume that your AC has been off all night and you come into a blistering 82 degree office. What are you, or your staff, most likely to do? Turn the AC on high until it cools down. This can easily result in gigantic peak charges. In some climates, however, it doesn’t stay hot at night, in fact it may get cooler, in this situation you could easily save a great deal of money by turning off your AC.
The question then becomes, how do I know when to turn it off or when to simply raise the temperature a few degrees? Continuous Energy Management and Optimization (CEMO) allows you to see your peaks, average usage, and you can even tie in RSS weather feeds so you can get the complete picture and answer your questions about what will save you more money, turning the temperature up a few degrees at night or turning it off completely.