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Unlocking Energy Efficiency: Identifying the Silent Culprit

In commercial buildings, there's a common, often overlooked source of significant energy waste. Care to take a guess? Here's a hint: It's closely tied to data.

Controlling energy consumption in commercial buildings is vital for cost savings and sustainability. Yet, identifying and addressing energy guzzlers hidden in the background can be challenging. 

The culprits range from continuously running outdoor heaters and lights left on in unoccupied office spaces to mismanaged ventilation systems in sports facilities. The issue often remains unnoticed, despite reasonable opening hours and traffic management. There's one significant energy drain, the most notorious of all.

 

Not Knowing Is Expensive

Many businesses and property managers aim to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprints but often act on incomplete or inaccurate data.

To truly understand power usage, anomalies, and errors, reliable energy data at the right resolution is indispensable. In essence, the most significant energy thief is a lack of knowledge.

 

Is the Old Kitchen Equipment the Culprit?

For instance, consider an office building with a lunchtime energy spike. High-resolution energy data can unveil that the kitchen isn't the issue; it's everyone simultaneously heading to lunch.

Door movements, elevator usage, and other factors strain the building's systems, leading to increased energy consumption. When these electrical loads experience an explosive increase within a short period, the systems need to work harder and use more energy than when activities are spread out over time

This data-driven insight suggests that optimizing cafeteria hours and lunchtime spread-out measures would be more effective than replacing kitchen equipment.

 

Good Energy Data Provides Real Value to Your Customers

Until quite recently, obtaining energy data with sufficient quality has been difficult and costly. The information within the data was limited by resolution and unreliable data points. Now, however, you can deliver processed energy data that is detailed enough to make a difference.

Let's stick with the same hypothetical office building and its hectic lunch for a moment: Despite investing over $10,000 in structural changes like window replacement and insulation, the energy consumption problem persisted.

Where’s the problem?

High-resolution energy data reveal that simultaneous heating and cooling systems were counterproductive, leading to exorbitant energy usage.

 

Truly Smart Energy Measures Require Answers

There are several more examples like this. The point is: Structural changes don't always resolve energy inefficiencies.

Many issues can be tackled through adjustment and control, but you need accurate data, not guesswork. Without facts, your attempts to address energy drains may prove both costly and ineffective.

There's an energy drain for you.



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