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03. 20. 2017

The Value of Setting Expectations in the Implementation of an Energy Management Solutions Provider

Once your business decides to implement a strong facilities management program by outsourcing to an energy management solutions (EMS) provider, you may have stringent expectations. You might want to see immediate cost reductions in overhead and better operations, but to achieve the best results and savings possible, it will take some time to collect and analyze data and implement changes. Essentially, realizing a positive return on investment for outsourcing facilities management is easier when you know what to expect.

EMS Providers Should Offer Turnkey Implementation

The first expectation revolves around turnkey implementation. Your EMS provider should review your existing systems, upgrade sensors where necessary and begin collecting data as soon as possible. Furthermore, the implementation should run seamlessly behind the scenes. In other words, you can continue normal operations while in the process of implementing smart EMS.

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Initial Investment Must Be Minimal

Part of the reason more companies choose to invest in third-party EMS providers is minimal initial investment costs. Since these companies are built on the foundation of reducing overhead, some providers will focus on the implementation phase with extreme focus and planning. Essentially, the long-term benefits of collaborating with a third-party vendor entice companies to take advantage EMS systems.

Building Age Should Not Determine Eligibility

Regardless of the age of your building, you can implement an EMS to reduce facilities management costs. However, the age of your building may play a significant role in increasing energy costs.

For example, old windows can lead to drafts and lost savings, so you should consider weatherizing your building now. Since you are already taking steps to improve energy efficiency, making these changes during implementation can bring even higher savings within a few utility billing cycles.

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An Energy Management Solutions Provider Should Offer Real-Time Reporting

Once sensors are deployed and connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), you will be able to begin reviewing the information gathered and analyzed. Of course, it may take a few days to gather the initial pool of data. Furthermore, the provider should use cloud-based commissioning and mobile installation tools to verify functioning and accurate data collection and transmission during installation and implementation.

Preventative Maintenance Will Gradually Replace Equipment Repair

If you have not previously used the IoT to analyze system operations, you may face a list of needed repairs after implementation. However, this initial hurdle will be replaced with preventative maintenance checks, which will increases the time in between the need to replace equipment because of ongoing, minor malfunctions.

Value Assessment Can Eliminate Startup Costs of Creating an In-House Team

How energy companies bill for usage is changing. Set rates are obsolescent, and depending on the time of use (TOU), the energy costs can vary widely. This poses unique challenges for creating an in-house EMS team, but partnering with a third-party company can eliminate these issues. Since an EMS provider also has the technicians and expertise needed to rapidly assess the value possible through system implementation, you can also eliminate the costs of hiring additional energy or facilities management professionals. However, if you prefer to simply troubleshoot on your own and use a platform, the EMS provider may also provide technology such as an EMaas or Energy Management as a Service.

You need realistic expectations with proven backing, not a false sense of savings

Not setting and understanding expectations from your energy management solutions provider can lead to disaster for business. Unrealistic expectations might lead some back tracking of outsourcing facilities management. So, EMS providers must set expectations for both the company's and client's needs. This eliminates ambiguity and helps to keep everyone focused on the goals of reducing energy consumption and eliminating overhead costs associated with facilities management. Looking at potential energy management solutions providers to help reduct overall costs & increase efficiency? If so, Contact ENTOUCH today to talk about solutions.

 

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