Energy monitoring enables the tracking, recording, and visualization of energy consumed by your facility or portfolio of facilities. Monitoring is typically performed at an aggregate building level for either electricity, natural gas, or both. Submeters can be installed to provide detailed insight into your usage patterns at a component level. While monitoring itself does not provide instant energy savings, it provides measurements and insights into building operations that can be used to identify valuable upgrades. If you’re excessively heating, cooling, or lighting unoccupied floors or zones in your building, you’re needlessly running up your energy bill—and there’s no better way to identify this waste than with energy monitoring.
Energy monitoring is also used for planning and budgeting purposes. By tracking historical energy usage, you can develop forward-looking budgets for annual energy consumption and cost. Now consider pursuing an energy efficiency upgrade, with energy monitoring you have the ability to calculate your return on investment and seek additional funding for improvements. Additionally, our monitoring visualization tools have the ability to normalize your energy usage against weather, removing the ambiguity of outdoor temperature dependencies and identifying your true rate of return.
What Is a Power Monitoring System?
A Power Monitoring System measures power consumption in order to support energy-saving activities, providing a simple way to automatically retrieve and analyze power quality events. Unlike building automation software, which typically counts the number of events, a power monitoring system logs event forensics. Unlike software that comes bundled with power quality meters, a power monitoring system automatically raises a flag to mark significant events with the potential to cause damage within your facility. Power monitoring systems operate around the clock, and provide comprehensive historical data that helps end-users reduce the energy delivered to and consumed by electrical systems in their facilities.
Our submetering solution can be used to monitor electricity consumption at a more granular level than the total building load. There are a variety of use cases for this type of monitoring, but the most common include monitoring of rental tenant loads, electricity usage from large processing equipment, electricity consumption from HVAC equipment, or lighting loads. Frequently, the data produced from submetering can be used to justify funds for efficiency upgrades or verify energy savings from upgrades that have already occured. For example, submetering all rooftop HVAC units at a facility may provide data showing which units are less efficient and should be considered for replacement.
Electricity submetering also helps you save on equipment maintenance, repairs, and replacement by identifying issues before they cause significant wear and tear on your HVAC and other auxiliary systems. Saving on equipment costs and energy spend frees up resources that would be better invested in your organization.
Data-driven insights and recommendations gleaned from our Smart Building Control interface can help you substantially reduce energy consumption. As site data is collected and reviewed by our web-based software, you get a progressively more complete picture of how your energy is being used. This kind of oversight allows you to see—and even predict—where energy waste might be occurring. Our analytics dashboard alerts you to equipment or systems that are using an uncharacteristically high, low, or variable level of energy.
Our daily, monthly, and quarterly readings break down usage for the specified time period and compare it to your history. With time, trends and patterns emerge that are unique to a single location or across your buildings. This information sheds light on how to further reduce energy consumption, especially when compared your internal records for peak productivity hours. Additionally, our analytics package can consider outside factors, such as weather, and the impact they may have on energy consumption. These insights ensure you’re making the most well-informed decisions possible when evaluating upgrades or budgeting for future energy cost.