The Internet was an extraordinary breakthrough, and using the Internet of things (IoT) allows Facilities Managers to get far more done with less. Advancements in the IoT and connected energy management are increasing, and software providers further refining analytics capabilities and the ability to gather and collect information in real-time. Facilities Managers have a unique opportunity to be part of this phenomenal trend by understanding the applications of the IoT in energy management and where it is headed in the future.
Regardless the Business Segment, all Multi-Site Owners Need Better Energy Management
Demand for better energy management exists in all industries. According to the United States Department of Energy, implementing energy management programs, including those using the IoT, can conservatively achieve annual energy savings in excess of 10 percent, and companies that have partnered with the ENERGY STAR program have saved significantly more. Unfortunately, the number of companies that have not implemented energy-efficiency initiatives remains high, but actual statistics are available due to organizations that have minimal maturity levels in the energy management programs.
The IoT Holds Power Through Connected Energy Management
Applying the IoT to the use of energy management, Facilities Managers to gain an matched control and insight into energy consumption costs, as well as activities that affect energy consumption. Connected energy management literally means gathering information and using this information to make informed, smart decisions about energy consumption. Furthermore, advanced analytics systems are gaining the ability to self-optimize, allowing for further automation of the energy management and control process.
How to Make the Most of Connected Energy Management
Using connected energy management is only going to grow in popularity, and it is the easiest and most cost-effective way to reduce energy use. Standard buildings that use connected energy management systems use 35-percent less energy than their non-connected counterparts. Small and mid-sized multi-site businesses can take advantage of the knowledge base of large-scale deployment by following these steps:
- Identify scope of energy management.
- Create goals for connected energy management.
- Establish a cross-functional team to monitor and ensure success.
- Monitor energy use in real-time.
- Enable continuous product and process design optimization.
- Use energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR-certified appliances, products and systems.
- Optimize building design.
- Moderate consumption.
- Analyze data.
- Make changes based on actionable data.
- Remember to consider devices that require energy not directly impacted by connected energy management, like internet connectivity or heating from running devices.
- Leverage external resources.
- Never stop improving.
Let Connected Energy Management Be the Cornerstone of Your Operation
The future of connected energy management is bright, both literally and physically relatively. Facilities Managers will be able to control more facilities, oversee more staff members, maintain tighter budgets, and get more done with less. However, Facilities Managers are not expected to be experts in deploying IoT-based sensors and bringing systems into alignment with modern energy management. Therefore, Facilities Managers will turn to third-party companies, like ENTOUCH, to unlock the potential of the IoT and the future of connected energy management.
Meanwhile, the United States Department of Energy and the ENERGY STAR rating program will continue to push business owners to attain energy-efficient ratings and reduce their carbon footprints. ENTOUCH can help your organization implement and maintain connected energy management across your distributed portfolio. Contact ENTOUCH by calling 1-800-820-3511, or submit your query online today.