Implementation of an Energy Management System is essentail if you truly wish to reduce your energy consumption and save money. Without an Energy Management System, you are just throwing darts in the dark, hoping one lands close. Without intimate knowledge and understanding, any project you undertake to reduce energy consumption can result in huge costs with no ROI.
Sometimes it feels like we are drowning in data. This can be discouraging but there has been great progress recently in tools to help with this data.
When it comes to energy data, your bills can be a great source, but how do you make that data useful? And what if the bills don't tell you everything you want to know? This article discusses the challenges and offers some great advice.
Have you ever wondered about your energy consumption? Why is it so high? Why am I paying what I am paying? How do I reduce my energy consumption? What impact does my energy consumption have on the world around me? These, and many more, are all questions you have asked if you are the one paying the bills and worrying about reducing costs. As we continue to progress and develop more technologies to make our lives better and more efficient, energy needs and more importantly costs, will continue to rise. Many companies do not have the time or resources to address these issues. The reality is, energy has high costs associated with it, but you need to consume energy, there is no way around it. To add to the confusion, many people are trying to sell you some device or system that fixes whatever energy problems they have determined you have. Which of your options are the most productive and useful for your facility, with the best ROI, ranging from an LED lighting retrofit to a Solar System installation, knowing where to start can be a daunting, if not impossible task to take on.
Vitality Energy was originally formed as Summa Energy Solutions by my co-founder Christopher Atkins. Like most business ideas, Summa was born out of necessity. At the time Chris was working as a controls operator at the University of Utah.
Business today is changing rapidly. They way we conducted business ten years ago looks and sounds completely outdated compared to how we conduct business today. In today's business everything is virtual, we now have virtual office spaces, outsourced CFO's and virtual assistance. In the same way sales professionals can now close sales without the need to travel across the country.
In a recent study, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that buildings that were benchmarked consistently reduced energy use by an average of 2.4 percent per year, for a total savings of 7 percent. And, buildings that started out as poor performers saved even more.
Salt Lake Community College, (SLCC) is one of the largest community colleges in the country for total student enrolled. Beginning in 2014 Summa Energy began working with SLCC to fully implement an energy metering system throughout all of their campuses.
The University of Utah ("U") has taken and implemented many measures to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their overall carbon footprint in the world.
Virtually all energy experts recognize the need for cheap and efficient energy storage systems. It has become obvious that solar, wind, or any other form of intermittent power generation cannot serve base load requirements or provide reliable peak shaving without storage, but until very recently, the costs have simply been too high.