Energy management is more than turning off the lights and turning up or down the thermostat. Now it’s easy and affordable to add energy controls and control systems. Here are inexpensive ways to reduce wasteful energy use.
Lighting controls, such as occupancy sensors, would be the first energy management control measure to consider. Primary areas, within many facilities, that waste the most lighting energy with the least time of occupancy are the bathrooms. Lights are on, generally the entire time the business is open, these lights are left on in many cases overnight. Offices, conference rooms and copy rooms are also good locations to install occupancy sensors. We suggest installing wall switch occupancy sensors.
Smart Thermostats are a big part of the energy management process. They are more than just programmable, they can be accessed through a Wi-Fi internet connection. there are a variety of setting options and the set up will take less than 30 minutes with a computer, tablet or smart phone. Additional sensors can be purchased to detect occupancy which will keep the temperature at the programmed occupancy setting. Remote access make it possible to prevent employees from over adjusting the temperature setting.
These thermostats are also great for restaurants. There is an added benefit of monitoring the refrigeration and freezer temperatures. Set a warning temperature in case of equipment failure, saving a great loss of spoiled inventory. If freezer temps reach 35 degrees, your smart phone will receive an alert along with an email will be sent out as well.
You can purchase an occupancy wall switch for less than $30. The cost for a smart thermostat ranges between $250-$500. If you have maintenance personnel on staff they can install each unit in 15-20 minutes. We recommend purchasing an occupancy sensor that you can adjust the time that the light stays on after is is activated, set the time anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. The payback for these sensor switches and smart Thermostats are typically about 6-18 months.
Energy Management Systems
Building Energy management systems (BEMS), in the past, were typically used by manufacturing plants, steel mills and large energy consumers. The cost of these systems were expensive but the payback was short-term. Within the last few years, these energy minded technology companies have switched focus to the small to medium size businesses (SMB). Now the costs are reducing as easy-to-use technology reaches the market. Making a BEMS affordable for schools and the SMB.
Added Benefit of a BEMS
BEMS monitor usage, allowing the user to create detailed reports to help identify other areas to reduce energy demand. Depending on the system reporting, it is possible to detect and prevent equipment failure before it happens. Contact us today to schedule a free assessment of your facility’s benefit of an energy management system.
Rebates and Incentives
There may be rebates and incentives available to offset some of the costs. The incentive amount and availability vary depending on the program offered through your utility company. Complete our contact form then we will calculate your incentives. Make sure you tell us who is your primary utility company.