RETAILS CHAINS STORES USE REAL TIME ENERGY MONITORING TO CUT COSTS
Know What Goes On In Your Retail Stores When You’re Not Watching.
Energy managers in large organisations that operate many different facilities. have difficult time delving of Energy Bills. Outdoor lights go on before dark and stay on after dawn. Exhaust fans and air handlers run around the clock. HVAC systems condition the air in unoccupied rooms. Doors on refrigeration units are left open.
You know it happens. But unless you’re using Emporia real-time energy monitoring, you probably don’t know when or how often it happens. Or how much it’s costing you.
A large retailer that operates over 100 stores piloted a system for monitoring real-time energy use at 10 stores. The pilot showed that ceiling lights were being left on at night regularly at 4 stores, costing huge loss every year. The retailer concluded that if the same problem were occurring at 40% of its 100 stores, the actual excess energy cost was Rs 25 Lakhs a year. Real-time energy monitoring discovered this problem and helped the retailer cut its energy bill.
Would Real-Time Energy Monitoring Benefit Your Business?
That Depends To Some Extent On:
How much electricity you consume now.
Cost Per unit of electricity.
What you’ve already done to reduce energy costs.
But here are questions to ask yourself to help decide if real-time energy monitoring can benefit your business.
The Answers To These Questions Will Help Guide You Toward The Best Choice:
1. What Do You Want To Accomplish?As with any other initiative, it’s important to have clear goals in mind. Business implement a real-time energy monitoring program for one or more of these reasons:
- To find instances of waste, inefficiency, error or neglect.
- To increase accountability by setting energy budgets, assigning costs and tracking usage against budgets.
- To provide timely feedback to influence the behavior of people who consume energy.
- To avoid financial surprises by accruing energy costs between utility billing statements.
2. How Will You Use Your Data?Another consideration is whether your people, operations or processes are likely to respond to fast feedback.
- Is your Business flexible enough to revise your operations or processes in response to the data you collect?
- Does your Business regularly use data and quantitative analysis to drive management decisions?
- Do you use Six Sigma methodology?
- Are you committed to the principles of lean services?
3. Where And How Often Should You Monitor Energy Use?With current metering systems and data-collection technologies, you can see data at almost any level of detail. At the broadest level, you can see a central view of all energy use in all facilities, broken down by day or week. At the most granular level, you can monitor energy use for every appliance every seconds. The right amount of data for you depends on your goals. You might want to monitor specific appliances that consume use a lot of energy. Or you might want to find inefficiencies in certain operations, which would require recording data at frequent intervals.
4. Who Should See Your Data?The cost and feasibility of real-time energy monitoring will depend, in part, on who needs to see your data and in what form they need to see it. Considering the lean staffing of most retail Business, it can be cost-effective to make energy managers responsible for energy efficiency across multiple properties. If this approach is in your plan, you’ll need to provide your energy managers with access to energy-use data in near real time.
5. How Efficiently Can You Manage The Processes?The more Emporia devices you use, the more data you will have to collect and consolidate. And the more detailed the energy-use data you generate, the more data you will have to manage.
6. How Cost-Effectively Can You Use Real-Time Energy Monitoring?
Real-Time Energy Monitoring Typically Incurs Costs In 4 Main Categories:
Buying hardware for metering, sub-metering, data collection and aggregation.
Installing the hardware.
Collecting, compiling and analyzing data.
Generating and distributing reports.