Energy Monitoring

Energy monitoring and targeting (M & T) is an energy efficiency technique based on the standard management axiom stating that “you cannot manage what you cannot measure”. M&T techniques provide Energy Managers with feedback on operating practices, results of energy management projects, and guidance on the level of energy use that is expected in a certain period. Importantly, they also give early warning of unexpected excess consumption caused by malfunctions, operator error, unwanted user behaviours, maintenance errors and the like. The foundation of M&T lies in determining the normal relationships of energy consumptions to relevant driving factors (production thoughputs, weather, available daylight, etc.) and the goal is to help business managers:

  • Identify and explain excessive energy use
  • Detect instances when consumption is unexpectedly lower than would usually have been the case
  • Draw energy consumption trends (weekly, seasonal, operational…)
  • Determine future energy use when planning changes in the business
  • Diagnose specific areas of wasted energy
  • Observe how the business reacted to changes in the past
  • Develop performance targets for energy management programs
  • Manage their energy consumption, rather than accept it as a fixed cost that they have no control over.