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Sustainable Energy Shares Why Energy Monitoring Systems Are Helpful To Your Business

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Sustainable Energy Shares Why Energy Monitoring Systems Are Helpful To Your Business

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Why Are Energy Monitoring Systems Important?

There are a number of energy monitoring systems available on the market. What do these systems do? Fundamentally they monitor energy usage in a facility. This is a very vital system that many companies do not have in place. The only resource they have is their power bill that comes once a month. They look at their regular monthly costs rising, but they do not know where they can help you save energy. Imagine operating a business without an accounting system. You do not know your income or your expenditures. This is the exact same for a company with no energy monitoring system; they have not a clue that there are energy efficiencies in the organization. Now some corporations prefer to get an energy audit, instead than investing in a system. But what use is that in a year, in 5 years. Equipment improvements, consumers change and all that knowledge is lost. If you install a system that monitors energy usage, then it is there for a very extended time, and it works 24/7.

How Does It Work?
The program will assess energy utilization on phases in the main distribution panel. This is done by setting up CT’s (Current Transformers) on electrical loads in the main distribution panel. The information then is fed to an Internet based interface that will allow users to download reports, alter set-points and compare energy usage by size, location etc. In addition, energy monitoring systems can be used to authenticate energy usage reductions from “energy saving” equipment like new compressors, lighting, control systems etc.
The energy supervisor can do facility benchmarking, view energy usage by equipment type and verify financial savings from commissioned facilities. The energy monitoring system made by EG Energy Controls is capable of monitoring up to 2500 stores within the company’s network. The system can keep track of any desired electrical, gas or oil loads.
Examples of loads that can be measured are:

Main entrance, Lighting, Low and Medium temperature compressors (can monitor pending equipment failure), HVAC, Motors (can monitor pending equipment failure), Parking Lot Lights, Water usage, Oil/Propane Usage
The system will monitor equipment kWh usage and send e-mails to alert the Energy Manager of abnormal energy usage. The system will also contact the weather station daily to gather weather information to allow it to accurately predict energy usage for the next day and avoid inaccurate alerts. This is a very important feature, since the problem with some energy monitoring systems is that they send redundant emails that end up annoying people.

The other good aspect of an energy monitoring system is the capacity to foresee pending equipment failures. This is called motor performance tracking:
Motor performance. Traffic monitoring motor current levels and unbalances is a main component of a superior online monitoring system. Often it’s found that current level is identified as the average current level for all phases. For predictive maintenance reasons, however, the highest line current level developed is of much greater importance. The heat in each motor winding is interdependent on the amount of current that flows through it. Hence, the the most fragile point of the motor’s insulation with respect to current level is the phase with the largest current

Energy Monitoring and Energy Awareness

It is incredible how energy usage drops in a facility when employees know that there is a system that is monitoring what they are doing. Since the system can also be used to monitor sections of a facility, or even individual departments, people become naturally more energy conscious. For example, turning of lights when they leave the room or not leaving the computer on at night. These may seem to be minor changes; however the mindset is already being changed to become more energy conscious. These people then come to their own home and start noticing energy efficiencies, and they start doing changes in their own home.
By: Edward Herniak

About Sustainable Energy Coalition: The Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC) brings together more than 60 national and state-level business, environmental, consumer, and energy policy organizations. Founded in 1992, the Coalition promotes increased federal support for ENERGY EFFICIENCY and RENEWABLE ENERGY technologies and reduced federal support for unsafe or polluting energy resources.

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