45-75% of commercial equipment is controllable, which includes HVAC, refrigeration, and lighting systems. The only proven way to reduce energy consumption is by controlling critical equipment through automation and effective scheduling. But that is not all, the equipment needs to be running efficiently as well.
How do you know if your equipment is running efficiently? How do you know if you truly are reducing energy consumption? DATA. Continual review of operational data will show users when equipment is running longer than it should, indicating maintenance needs or human behavior adjustments.
Energy management isn’t about comparing your year-over-year electric bill; there are too many factors like weather, customers, equipment maintenance, and operational behavior. Effective energy management reduces consumption by maximizing equipment efficiency, and human behavior, and having the data to continually inspect operations and improve equipment performance.