Implementing Energy Management
Energy efficiency is fundamental to the success of any business. Developing a good energy management programme can help control costs, extend the life of equipment, and protect the environment. How are you managing your energy use?
Here are some practical energy management tools and suggestions to get you started:
- Appoint a cross-functional team to manage and monitor your facility’s energy usage.
- Analyze energy usage trends from monthly billing data to determine if the two components you are being billed on (i.e. Energy and Demand) are increasing, decreasing or constant. If there are increases, determine why and if you can mitigate against the increases.
- Benchmark and compare your electricity usage to similar types of businesses or industry peers. Energy benchmarking involves the development of quantitative and qualitative indicators through the collection and analysis of energy-related data and energy management practices.
- The maxim “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” is true for energy management. Billing data alone will not provide sufficient information for you to develop a comprehensive or effective energy management programme. Sub-metering or metering of major energy consuming areas or equipment should tell you what contributed to any major variation in your bill. There can be benefits to taking your own meter readings at regular intervals. This will enable you to:
- Identify exceptional consumption and attend to the causes quickly
- Compare current performance with previous months and years
- Assess the seasonal pattern of consumption
Making these comparisons will help you set improvement targets and identify where the greatest scope for saving energy exists in your business.
- Identify efficiency possibilities by conducting an energy audit.