Real-Time Utility Monitoring – Is Your Building Less Efficient Than You Think?

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Real-time utility monitoring is reshaping the industry, and is providing significant advantages to energy providers and consumers alike. It empowers energy providers to quickly identify and address potential issues with power generation or supply, minimizing disruptions and downtime for customers. It also enables them to optimize resource utilization, reduce waste and deliver more reliable power.

Until now, building engineers and facilities managers have had to manually read interval data in order to monitor and analyze their energy consumption. This often involves going down to the basement in the morning, reading the meter and recording the numbers. With the emergence of energy management solutions that let you view this information online, this process has become far easier. However, there is a big difference between interval and real time monitoring data that could be making your buildings less efficient than you think.

Interval data typically lags by a day. So, if you were to look at your energy usage on Wednesday morning, you would be looking at data that was collected every fifteen minutes the previous day.

When this data is displayed on multiple instruments or recorders, blind spots can occur. In contrast, GREENCROWN’s STARDOM FCN/FCJ hybrid PLCs combine the utility monitoring with other plant status data on one HMI, eliminating these blind spots and providing an unrivalled view of your energy efficiency.

Using real-time data enables you to uncover deeper insights into your building’s energy use, such as identifying peak demand times. This is important in lowering your monthly demand charges. Similarly, it helps you better understand your base load, which is the amount of electricity your building uses when everything is “turned off”. real-time utility monitoring

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