December 15, 2022
What are they?
Energy Management Software is a term to describe an application which provides utility bill tracking, real-time metering, building HVAC and lighting control systems, building simulation modelling, carbon and sustainability reporting, IT equipment management, demand response and energy audits. These EMSs collect data for three main purposes, monitoring, reporting and engagement. They are added software that can instantly bring benefits to a business’s energy management without requiring extensive research training or expertise.
How cant hey help you?
4 main benefits come with Energy Management Software; the first is cost reduction, as you will be creating a more efficient cooling, heating, and lighting system within your business, meaning the energy they use will be reduced and therefore so will the cost to run them. With these being some of the highest outgoings for many businesses, this has the potential for huge savings.
Lowering your carbon footprint is more important now than ever, as there is much more pressure from stakeholders, customers and government schemes and plans for Net-Zero. With Energy Management Software you can lower your carbon output, and therefore lower your footprint. Using renewable sources and getting involved in various renewable projects can be a huge step in the right direction for climate change and becoming Net-Zero.
Controlling every aspect of your business’s energy performance can help create a comfortable work environment for you and your staff, as up to 60% of workers are said to be dissatisfied with the lighting and heat of the building, they work in. Maintaining happiness within these factors can bring much more satisfaction from staff, meaning higher productivity, well-being, and loyalty.
A long-term return on investment can, as previously mentioned, save you money as soon as you install the software. Over the next few months to years, this saved money will add up and become more than the initial investment.
Types of Energy Management Software
Panoramic power is a way to collect, monitor, and analyse data, making the energy output from your electrical equipment, machinery, and devices easy to track and improve.
Panoramic sensors measure the current flow through an electric wire in units of Ampere, the current measured is used for various energy and operational efficiency applications such as off-hours energy consumption identification, anomaly detection, measurements, and verification savings. The advantages of this hardware are their low-cost, non-invasive, maintenance-free and easy to install.
Validating your utility bills to make sure you are only paying for what you’re using is crucial. Handling this yourself not only takes lots of time but comes with errors and miscalculations, meaning you pay more than necessary for your energy.
Bill Validation Software takes the complicated admin workout of your hands, as companies with multiple sites, meters and buildings can end up with thousands of pounds in miscalculated bills. The software gathers and analyses data, to ensure it spots every discrepancy, resulting in perfect bill validation each and every time.
BMS – Building Management Systems
Building Management Systems make your buildings more comfortable, functional, and safe. They are computer-based systems which give you much more control over your building, the types of technology you can monitor include lighting, smart meters, heating, air conditioning, industrial equipment and much more. This control, which can be away from the building or in different parts, creates a much safer environment and can reduce energy consumption due to the ability to control supply with some software.
These systems can help to build managers understand how their buildings operate in much more detail, helping them optimise performance by adjusting different tech to fit the right usage requirements. They can also help visualise data, automatically generate reports and create alarms for when parameters are exceeded, or failures occur.
Energy Management Software can help all types of businesses understand their energy down to the smallest details and can help reduce costs and energy usage. As they come in various forms and help solve different issues, it may be confusing or overwhelming to decide which is best for you. If you are not sure which software is best for you, get in touch with one of our experts by calling 0800 031 5470.