Controlling energy usage is increasingly crucial for competitiveness and compliance in both the public and private sectors.
At the heart of any energy management strategy is information, without it you are blind to the reduction opportunities.
Rising energy costs are an identified risk, creating a serious need to increase investment in strategic energy management technology in order to ensure a competitive and compliant position. Spreadsheets just don’t cut the mustard any more.
Richard Hipkiss, Managing Director at digitalenergy believes energy efficiency will increasingly lie in software rather than hardware. Hipkiss says: “One of the most important requirements for any organization is for consumption information to be presented as a meaningful metric. Quite often this means energy consumption relative to goods and service output.
We believe energy efficiency will be driven more by software and less by equipment and plant. Organizations need to be able investigate their data easily in order to drive consumption down and more often than not we find they have significant amounts of energy consumption data available but no structure.”
digitalenergy has worked with leading names in manufacturing, construction, leisure, healthcare and local authorities, all of which were experiencing increasing energy consumption in line with growing output and growth. Mitigating the impact on both cost and the environment whilst helping to alleviate climate change were crucial drivers for these businesses against a backdrop of rising energy costs and an increase in compliance requirements.
“Not all companies have the luxury of an Energy Manager” suggests Hipkiss, “And even those that do still need to work as a team. With digitalenergy software we bring together the needs of Facilities, Finance, Operations and IT into a single solution.”
Where required the digitalenergy technical team works closely with in-house IT departments to integrate the energy solution with other systems to enable output of goods and services to be tracked in the same timeframe and boundary as energy.
This enables reporting to both management and operational staff with meaningful representation. Where clients have multiple locations, digitalenergy ensures detailed monitoring is in place to enable measurement and verification of the outcome, thus allowing best practice to be shared often across very different sites.
Know your energy with digitalenergy
We have recognized that over the last 10 years of solution development that different companies have different needs. With our professional software framework a company can be provided with all of the tools in a simple cloud based format to be able to collect, analyze and take action on excessive energy consumption whilst also taking care of compliance requirements such as the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme or the Carbon Reduction Commitment.
For service providers a consultant edition enables energy management for multiple organizations to be transparently included within Facilities Management contracts. With simple measurement and verification designed in digitalenergy, you are able to determine whether an energy reduction project is successful or not, in real time.
Of course, a key to successful energy reductions is having accessible data to analyze. Even with rapid advancements in Government smart metering programs there can still be a data gap. Extensive meter solution options are available to provide data strategy to companies large and small.
Energy dashboards are becoming a more common site in company receptions to indicate energy consumption to staff and visitors. A dashboard should enable action by visualizing the current situation to encourage viewers to behave in a certain way. At digitalenergy we can create dashboards as part of a specific energy campaign or just to encourage competition.
In fact, at digitalenergy we are able to carry out bespoke development or connect (AaaS) energy management with your current Facilities Management software to meet the need of companies of all sizes.
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