Commercial energy management encompasses the tracking, recording, control, and ultimately the reduction of energy consumption. It’s important for a few different reasons. First, there’s the bottom line. Wasted energy is wasted money. If you’re cooling or lighting unoccupied floors or zones in your building, you’re running up your electricity and gas bills without cause.
Energy management also helps you save on equipment maintenance, repairs, and replacement by reducing wear and tear on your lighting, HVAC, and other auxiliary systems. Saving on equipment costs and energy spend frees up resources that would be better invested in your organization.
Finally, advanced energy management controls improve the comfort of your facility. Whether providing adequate heating or cooling throughout your facility or ensuring the lighting level is ideal for working conditions—our sophisticated energy management system can automatically optimize facility conditions. This provides a direct return to your business through improved worker productivity or customers spending a greater amount of time, and therefore money, in your facility.
Energy Management Advancements
Energy management usually takes a top down approach in its implementation. More likely than not, it’s your federal or local government passing legislation to move towards progressively more efficient energy management requirements; benefiting both the local utilities and the environment. Industry innovators respond by bringing new products and practices to improve or reinvent existing technologies with the express goal of saving energy and lowering carbon-emissions.
In the last few decades, this has led to an incredible reduction in the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate, light, and power commercial buildings. However, at the same time, energy demands have increased substantially to keep pace with changing work processes such as the dominance of industrial automation, the prevalence of electrical equipment in offices, and the energy needs of vast data centers and servers.
Well-planned energy management takes future projections for increased energy demands on the horizon and aims to future-proof energy production by finding efficiencies, where available, to make sure we don’t outgrow our energy capabilities. It is the responsibility of organizations and governments to continue to reduce demand and ensure we have a sustainable energy future to live and work comfortably in ten, twenty, and fifty years from now.