Energy management and efficiency

Energy efficiency is the ability to provide the same level of energy comfort using less amount of energy. Energy efficiency can be achieved by using energy management via monitoring, control and optimization of energy use of the building.

Having implemented various energy-saving and management technologies both at new and renovated buildings, the building owners and community receive a lot of economic and environmental bonuses:

  • Reduced operating costs: energy efficiency leads to a drastic reduction in use of energy and resources. As a result, the owners get significant financial savings in the long term. Money, previously being spent on public services, can be used for other purposes;
  • Increased property value: with the ongoing rise of the energy prices, low operating costs and easy maintenance add the value to the efficient buildings;
  • Reduced wear of equipment: efficient buildings have less demand both on heating and cooling systems, therefore the cost of the equipment maintenance is reduced and its service life is prolonged;
  • Increased employee productivity: employee productivity depends greatly on the environmental conditions indoor and is much higher in those buildings, where the principles of energy-efficient temperature control, ventilation and lighting were applied;
  • Reduced production and emissions of greenhouse gases: about 40% of all emissions of carbon dioxide (statistics over the U.S.) is the result of energy usage for heating, cooling and providing buildings with hot water. These pollutants contribute significantly to the global climate change, cause air quality problems and represent danger to human health. Implementation of energy efficient technologies and techniques helps to reduce harmful emissions.

Companies had been engaged in the energy consumption management for a long time, but only recently it has become a corporate priority. Energy management began to be considered not as a source of cost, but as a source of profit.

Since effective energy management can improve business profitability, discussions of energy consumption more and more often take place at the boards of directors of large corporations.

Once the opportunities for the profit growth are found, it's essential to develop, to justify and to implement appropriate projects. Development of a project includes accurate estimates of costs and benefits, along with assessments of practical issues and problems of environmental security.

Actions to achieve positive results might include modification of processes, configuration and replacement of equipment. However, it's crucial to implement an energy management system (EMS) in order to realize this potential entirely. EMS is a key element of the effective energy management. Modern energy management systems tightly integrate hardware and software solutions, designed specifically for the automated control and monitoring of heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC), lighting and other building subsystems (groups of buildings), such as university campuses, office complexes, or industrial buildings.

These systems, including monitoring, productivity analysis and reporting system at all levels of the organization, provide absolute assurance that all the available benefits are being used.

 
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