There are many myths revolving around Energy Management, the biggest being “adding a bunch of energy-efficient features to a new home will drive its cost up significantly.”

So what exactly is an Energy Management System, how does it work, what add-on benefits does it have? We will try and cover all the aspects in this article. 

What is an Energy Management System (EnMS)?

Wikipedia very well explains that Energy Management System (EMS) is a system of computer-aided tools used by operators of electric utility grids to monitor, control, and optimize the performance of the generation and/or transmission system.”, but here we would be mainly concerned with the literal meaning that relates to saving energy in businesses and buildings.

When it comes to energy saving, energy management is a simple process – Monitor, Control and Save.



Steps to follow:



Energy Management in Distributed Assets

Whilst energy management has been popular in larger buildings for a long time, it has only recently started catching on in Distributed Assets. Most managers aren't even aware of the term, and take more of a intuitional approach to reducing their energy consumption. But the results-driven approach used by professional energy managers is just as effective in the distributed assets as it is in larger buildings.

So, if you're a energy manager looking to save energy please do read this article.

The Importance!

Energy management is the key to saving energy in your organization. Much of the importance of energy saving stems from the global need to save energy - this global need affects energy prices, emissions targets, and legislation, all of which lead to several compelling reasons why you should save energy at your organization specifically.

What is the best way to manage your energy consumption?

As mentioned in the image above (Steps to follow), we have identified 4 different steps/stages with which one can manage the energy consumption in the best manner:

1. Applying Energy Management System:

As a rule of thumb: the more data you can get, and the more detailed it is, the better.

The modern approach to energy-data collection is to fit energy monitoring systems that automatically measure and record energy consumption at short, regular intervals such as every 15-minutes or half hour.

Detailed interval energy consumption data makes it possible to see patterns of energy waste that it would be impossible to see otherwise.

An Energy Management System can be used to track many types of equipment like lifts, temperature, diesel generators and fuel etc.



2. Analyzing the data:

The detailed data that you are collecting will be invaluable for helping you to find and quantify energy-saving opportunities. The easiest and most cost-effective energy-saving opportunities typically require little or no capital investment.

  1. Use your interval data to calculate how much energy (in kWh) is being usedeach weekend.
  2. Estimate the proportion of that energy that is being 
  3. Using the figures from a and b, calculate an estimate of the total kWh that are wasted each weekend.

3. Taking Action:

Only by finding the opportunities to save energy won't help you to save energy – one has to take action on the basis of the data collected and findings done.

Our cloud based platform EnergyLogicIQ and EnergyLogicIQ-Generator; help you in identifying and analyzing the details so that prompt actions can be taken on the basis of the data collected.

4. Track the progress:

Once you've taken action to save energy, it's important that you find out how effective your actions have been:

  • Energy savings that come from behavioral changes need ongoing attention to ensure that they remain effective and achieve their maximum potential.
  • If you've invested money into new equipment, you'll probably want to provethat you've achieved the energy savings you predicted.
  • If you've corrected faulty timers or control-equipment settings, you'll need to keep checking back to ensure that everything's still working as it should be.
  • If you've been given energy-saving targets from above, you'll need to provide evidence that you're meeting them, or at least making progress towards that goal.

How the implementations turn into Savings-

An analysis tells that the energy managers across the globe are now changing their way of working and moving towards the data analysis and implementing the data for saving more.

As per the analysis 67% of the managers said that the data has affected their thought process and decision making process.


The impact was phenomenal where they were able to see savings graphs shooting up-to a huge 17% in the next 12 months and the entire project cost recovery in 14 to 17 months only!



Managing your energy consumption doesn't have to be a full-time job, but you'll achieve much better results if you make it part of your regular routine.

HAPPY MONITORING!

 

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