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Energy and Facility Managers: Arm Yourself With Energy Management Tools, Data

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Today’s energy and facilities managers need to be on the cutting edge of technology and conversant in the latest energy and operational trends in hopes of reducing costs and increasing profits.

They are responsible for smooth operations at large retail chains, universities, hospitals, distribution centers, manufacturing outlets, data centers, and other important and complex buildings, in addition to an endless list of other tasks. They, in and of themselves, are measurable profit centers that strive for cost effectiveness and operational efficiency KPIs, they take advantage of energy rebates and incentives, and they minimize breakdowns and downtimes with preventative maintenance.

In regards to energy management, energy facilities managers need to be armed with:

  • Data – It’s difficult to make credible energy decisions without visibility into granular, real-time usage data.
  • Controls – Automation is key, and controls allow us to realize savings. The BMS (when there is one) acts mostly as a scheduling machine and many managers have too much faith in this one system.
  • Monitoring – Get real-time data via devices. Energy audits are good but are a one-time activity that provides a snapshot in time. Even if savings are gained, they are hard to sustain, as buildings and the people using them tend to drift back to old habits.

What’s the solution? For energy and facilities managers, adding a device-level energy management analytics solution to their tool set empowers them for success. With access to their energy consumption analytics per location, per building, and per device, they can optimize their operation for efficiency and profitability.

Analytics Empower Efficiency Easy-to-deploy, low total cost of ownership (TCO), non-invasive wireless sensors, such as the ones we offer from Panoramic Power®, transmit data to an online monitoring and analytics engine. That engine provides the transparency needed about energy consumption for every building and location.

By analyzing real-time usage activity, energy and facility managers are empowered to make decisions that can save money and increase profits. Real-time alerts from in-depth analyses enable quick identification (and termination) of off-schedule or excess energy consumption.

Those managers can make informed energy efficiency decisions such as:

  • Retrofitting decisions based on real-time data
  • Optimize settings on wasteful devices
  • Pinpoint operations that enlarge their carbon footprint and harm their sustainability initiatives
  • Optimize their systems with preventative and predictive maintenance
  • Improve profit margins by embarking on demand response programs

Analytics Empower Sustainability With a powerful analytics engine driving decisions, energy and facility managers can make strides toward eliminating waste, reducing carbon emissions, and reaching corporate sustainability goals. Analytics also enable and empower carbon reporting processes, which save energy (and possibly money!), qualify for rebates and incentives (can save more money!), generate guidance and advice for sustainability, builds brand loyalty and goodwill, and helps companies prepare for a greener future.

In today’s competitive, profit-focused facilities management ecosystem, a manager needs tools to succeed. One such tool that gives energy and facilities managers the visibility they require to achieve their energy and operational efficiency targets is a device-level analytics solution.

For more information about the Panoramic Power solution, contact Mike Krygowski here.

Posted: July 11, 2014