The DOE has documented the Value of Monitoring

The impact of monitoring (typically using electrical sub-meters) on energy savings is an established fact: The Department of Energy first published their findings on the impact of sub-metering in Federal buildings in 2006.  These findings were repeated in June 2017 - in a report by Kevin Kampschroer, the head of the GSA’s sustainability team.  The impact on the federal buildings was substantial:

  • Simply adding sub-meters increases people’s awareness of energy-use and waste.
  • Tenants who are billed for actual, rather than calculated power use are much more careful with their usage.
  • Real-time monitoring leads to increased energy-awareness. Simple changes to equipment and schedules can reduce consumption 5-15% without requiring a significant investment.
  • Up to 45% savings are possible with regular ongoing energy-analytics, reports and re-commissioning of equipment to original efficiency.

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These results are for commercial buildings. In our experience, the savings opportunities are much higher in industrial facilities and certain institutional facilities, such as hospitals. Nevertheless, we regard 5-15% - of total energy spend - as a realistic and achievable savings target for most manufacturing facilities.

New wireless monitoring technologies have made energy sensors both more powerful and less expensive.  SiteWatch uses a patented technology that replaces $1,000 energy meters (installed) with tiny clip-on wireless sensors that cost as little as $125 each.

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Whether yours is a commercial building, a manufacturing facility, or an institution like a university or a hospital, it is a virtual certainty that you will save money and operate more effectively once you have installed a comprehensive network of IoT-enabled sensors.

Summary of Benefits

A well-designed real-time energy monitoring system, with sensors installed at very granular levels will…

  • Provide detailed insight into machine operating patterns and energy consumption
  • Identify wasted energy due to operator error or unnecessary run-time
  • Save energy by helping optimize machine settings and schedules
  • Overlay data – both energy and non-energy - to calculate operating costs accurately.
  • Minimize downtime through early warning of machine-failure from common causes
  • Identify peak demand – peak usage, peak time and equipment responsible.

As a result of these benefits, SiteWatch can answer a variety of common management questions – all at-the-push-of-a button – without creating  multiple spreadsheets:

  • Energy consumption. Do you know how much energy your largest, or most critical, machines consume?
  • Energy efficiency.  Are all your similar machines equally efficient? If not, how unequal are they?
  • Troublesome equipment. Do you have continuously high-maintenance equipment? If so, why?
  • Wasted Energy.  Do you get warnings when equipment is running unnecessarily?
  • Operator Error. How much more efficient are your experienced operators than newer ones?
  • Machine failure. How much could advance warning of machine failure save you in output and cost?
  • Peak Demand. Do you know when and which machines set your ‘peak demand’ each week?
  • Can you calculate the exact ROI for upgrading equipment – and verify the actual payback?

 

 

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