Educated Energy Usage
Learning and education are lifelong events whether we realize it or not. As autumn rolls around we are reminded of school as the fall term begins, either by nostalgia, college football starting or our own children starting classes. One of the struggles any business faces is educating its employees about new policies. No one likes to break their habits and start something new, which is why education can be difficult. If you are planning on rolling out an energy management plan getting your employees or building users on board may be difficult.
It has been said that the single most effective way to save energy is by educating and inspiring those that use the energy on how to be more efficient or how to conserve. Showing the users of a facility how much energy is being used in real-time can educate them on how their activities effect consumption and costs. Allowing a facility engineer access to the information can accomplish a lot, but certain buildings, such as college dorms or offices, can experience huge benefits from showing real-time energy information to their occupants. This information can also be used to facilitate friendly competition between dorms, departments, or even facilities to have the lowest energy consumption. If the motivation is there in the form of positive reinforcement then building occupants will go through great lengths to reduce their consumption, and in turn, your costs.
Continuous Energy Management and Optimization (CEMO) systems are an efficient and cost-effective way to inform facility users of the impact of their actions. The web-based dashboards provide colorful and informative graphics that can be shown on flat screens in the facility or on employee desktops. Since the dashboards are web-based they can be shown in numerous locations such as hotel kiosks, company intranet site, or a lunch room TV. Once users are aware of their impact on energy consumption most will do what they can to decrease it, especially if there are incentives. Real-time energy monitoring can result in your employees working to save you money, how often does that happen?