New technology to measure and monitor usage
Wireless technology is proving a useful tool for businesses that want to monitor their energy use.
Energy-reading devices send data to computers and smart phones, where it is analysed in real time.
These ‘smart’ tools let businesses build up a picture of their energy use over a period of time. This helps them identify problems and better manage their operations.
Energy monitoring devices
Smart meter monitors measure and monitor energy use as shown in a smart meter.
Smart clamp-on energy meters measure a portion of a business’s energy use. The tool is used on properties that don’t have a smart energy meter.
Smart submeters measure sections of a business’s energy consumption.
Circuit-breaker meters are similar to submetering. They offer circuit-level measurement of energy.
Timers to control appliances and equipment
Businesses gain control of their energy use through:
setting individual timers on equipment
scheduling energy-hungry machines to operate overnight.
These systems work best and save money when combined with solar power and battery storage.