Energy costs form a big chunk of the yearly bills in most business organizations. As a result, there should be deliberate monitoring, control, and conservation to help in reducing the overall utility bills in an organization. There are digital strategies for energy management techniques that could come in handy in a setup where the business relies heavily on computer systems and technologies to function. The digital techniques take shape in different shapes and sizes and it will all depend on the nature of the organization.
Real-time management can bring out unknown challenges that you wouldn’t have noticed without proper monitoring. In such a situation, you need a solution that is able to monitor everything from air conditioners to specific details like computer usage in the organization.
With real-time information, you’re able to identify potential issues and come up with a corrective solution to address the challenges that could lead to a critical shutdown or high energy costs.
Manage the Measurable
Having a holistic solution in place helps in measuring consumption. Real-time measurable data is captured and analyzed so that isolated issues can be addressed. There are solutions that can monitor and measure energy consumption and provides a platform for decision-makers to engage. They’re able to see how the system works and how much is being saved based on the system improvements.
Having a standalone monitoring system is not enough. Data needs to be processed and that would mean getting a different software for the same. This is where network virtualization comes into play. You need a solution that will take care of both the hardware and software component of the system. Measurable data should be processed in a timely manner so as to identify the areas of improvement.
The data that is collected should be used in coming up with a strategy of managing consumption and costs on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Identify peak consumption hours and come up with a strategy to minimize wastage.
When you manage consumption, you can detect if there is a misalignment or equipment overload when there is a surge in the system. You’re also able to spot irregularities in the system thus providing adequate time to prepare for challenges that may come up as a result.
Have a plan
A business needs to have a holistic plan when it comes to digital energy management. It will be difficult to manage consumption when you only have plans to address just a few challenges.
You get to bundle the low hanging fruits into one robust and reliable solution. The evaluation should not only be limited to energy alone. You could also save on water, waste, and systems.
Having assessed your energy needs and requirements, you can negotiate with suppliers to reduce the energy costs. You start by identifying the solutions from the assessments and then negotiating for the utility rates. The ability to negotiate will be anchored on the historical consumption and future projections with regards to energy demands.
Don’t wait for the perfect data to come up with a solution. Energy audits and studies should be used to improve the systems that already in place. There should be an actionable plan developed based on the available information you get from the data.
The leadership needs to be fully committed to the process. Without the leaders championing for change, there will be no attainable changes in the organization.
Major changes can have an impact on a business. Not so many people would be comfortable looking for a new energy management solution when there are no guarantees it will work. The process will require making hard decisions but the rewards are definitely better than the risks.
Have a trusted advisor that is reliable and will make sure that there is a smooth transition process. Those energy audits should be a sign for change when it comes to energy consumption in the organization.
Salman is a prolific environmental writer, and has authored more than 500 articles in reputed journals, magazines and websites. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management, sustainability and conservation all over the world.
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