Do things ever break when it’s a good time? I’ve never had my car break down when I had no where in particular to go. The projector never stops working until the client is getting ready to arrive for a presentation. If only we had a crystal ball, we’d all use it to take care of office issues BEFORE they occur.
Crystal balls might be the devices of legends but we now have more data available than ever before that, when analyzed proactively, tell us that doom is on the horizon. Here’s how you can tell the future by understanding how your company is using electricity.
You can’t understand what you don’t measure.
You don’t need to be an electrician to understand the basics of how your office is powered. The utility company provides power to your building, it connects to a circuit breaker that then connects the many different locations within your company. You see a statement each month that shows how much total energy you are using. Simple enough. But which devices or locations in your building are using the most, or too much, energy?
Now there’s a simple device you can plug into your circuit breaker that measure how much each circuit is utilizing. The E2 Submeter provides up to the minute voltage and current measurement enabling highly accurate power and energy monitoring all the way down to the device level.
Ok, so now you know where your energy is being used. Now what?
The next step is monitoring and analyzing all the information gathered. Fácil by 3fficient, is a cloud based service that receives the data provided from the E2 Submeter. Baselines and trends are established and alerts are available whenever energy is utilized that exceeds what is normally used. Equipment that is not operating properly tends to draw more power before it stops completely. By detecting these subtle shifts in energy usage, you can understand which devices in your location are getting ready to fail. Fixing equipment before it breaks will often be cheaper than replacing it completely. Plus, avoiding the hassle of equipment failure will keep your business running smoothly. And, by avoiding excessive energy usage, your utility bill will remain predictable and low.
This sounds expensive, right? It isn’t. In fact, the energy bill savings alone should far exceed the monthly subscription cost. Then there’s other cost savings from preventing equipment failures, continuous commissioning and ongoing energy savings recommendations. Still not sure? Get a free QuickLook energy assessment to see how your building performance compares to others and see what can be done to improve performance. You may not be a wizard and there may be no such thing as a crystal ball, but with Fácil, you’ll see the future…and right now, it’s looking pretty green.