Smart Energy Use

Energy monitoring is a tool that can be used to reduce energy consumption, but how does it work? Simply knowing your energy usage will not decrease consumption. In some cases when individuals see their energy use in real-time they are more likely to use less, but, what if your operation is mostly mechanical and automated? Machines aren’t going to be able to see their usage and change their lifestyles; they are programmed to run a certain way. How can real-time energy monitoring effect your consumption and in return your costs?

The answer is in the graphs and the information itself. Commercial utility bills contain various charges and aggregated information. To fully understand how to lower your bill you need to understand your usage. Many utility companies will use time based pricing, meaning that during off-peak times energy costs are lower than during on-peak times. This rate change can be very substantial. Peak demand charges may also be added to time based pricing, meaning that the utility will not only charge you extra for operating during on-peak hours but they will charge you extra for the half hour or hour when your company uses the most energy. For many companies this is the morning when all their employees come into the office and switch on their devices, for others it is when their machines turn on or cycle, without monitoring there is no way to tell exactly when this peak is. The combination of time based pricing and peak demand charges could result in a single half hour equaling a fifth of your charges!

With real-time energy monitoring you will be able to see exactly when your peaks are occurring. Once you become aware of your energy use habits, start-up schedules and cycling you can make adjustments that will result in significant savings. Since demand charges are based on your largest consumption at a single time you have the incentive to make sure that nothing is cycling, turning on, or running simultaneously unless unavoidable. In this case, you will be using the same amount of energy; you will just be using it smarter.

If you do not have time to sit around figuring out the on times, cycling, peak demand and off/on-peak times you are not alone. Many facility and operations managers are so overwhelmed with everyday processes that they do not have time for in-depth analysis. That is where the Continuous Energy Management and Optimization (CEMO) system truly shines. Not only will it offer the real-time information needed to analyze the information yourself it also supplies a highly qualified team of facility and mechanical engineers that will monitor and analyze your building in real-time. You can customize alarms and alerts to notify you if there is a problem. The CEMO system gives you the clarity you need to find and stop peak demand charges before they make up a fifth of your bill.

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