Energy Monitoring and Verification
Category: Energy Efficiency
Energy monitoring and verification provides the data needed to identify factors that drive energy consumption and identify opportunities for reducing usage. Energy monitoring equipment installed at the building or process level collects the data, which is most powerful when used with an Energy Management System (EMS). An EMS or dashboard allows staff to identify trends in the data and better understand how underlying factors such as weather, occupancy, usage, and equipment drive energy usage. Any continuous or retro-commissioning program requires the collection and analysis of this data.
An EMS can use energy data to do the following:
- Identify excessive energy usage
- Detect equipment failure and operational issues
- Visualize energy consumption over time
- Track the impact of energy management initiatives
- Set and monitor efficiency targets
- Gives detailed info about consumption at a granular level over time
- Allows for accurate setting and tracking of energy use reduction goals
- Informs future planning based on real consumption patterns and trends
- Real-time energy consumption becomes visible to occupants through the dashboard, allowing them to see their impact and savings
- Requires installation of sub-metering and monitoring equipment.
- Will require additional software to manage, visualize, track, and analyze energy usage data.
Energy use reductions of 5-20% are possible.
Net SavingsMore Info
Studies have shown a savings of 5-20% can be achieved with an effective EMS as part of a continuous commissioning process
Some equipment will need to be installed and and EMS implemented.
1-2 yearsMore Info
Highly dependent on current metering infrastructure and campus size
Low / NoneMore Info
Metering and monitoring equipment will not require extensive maintenance.
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Publishing collected data can be very effective in raising awareness and driving saving when paired with programs that engage building occupants.