Common energy monitoring myths

There are many common myths and misconceptions around energy monitoring systems and knowing which are correct can help you better monitor and manage your businesses or your clients energy. Let’s take a look at some common energy monitoring myths and the truth behind them.

A Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can replace a real-time energy monitoring system

A BEMS controls your buildings lighting, power systems, ventilation and more, however, they aren’t designed to really monitor your energy consumption. A BEMS only controls the systems of a building but doesn’t collect any data or insights into how the operations run and where gas, electric and water resources are being consumed.

You can implement an energy monitoring system on your own

To implement and get real value from energy monitoring you need software to do so. It makes energy monitoring simple and automated so you can focus on other business priorities. Existing metering is often already capable or sufficient to feed into an energy monitoring system, however you should ensure this is checked before implementing any software. Software such as SystemsLink’s Energy Manager Software allows you to monitor all your utilities, providing in-depth insights whilst being intuitive and easy to install.

Only large businesses can benefit from energy monitoring systems

Energy monitoring can help any business no matter its size. From smaller companies to large corporations, managing and monitoring your energy consumption is key to controlling utility spend. Particularly with energy market prices rising at an unprecedented rate, it’s more important now than ever to understand your energy consumption and see where your business can make savings.

Monitoring your energy won’t generate that much in savings

Energy monitoring not only provides you with in-depth insight into your energy consumption patterns but it can help your business save thousands in energy costs. By monitoring your business consumption and becoming familiar with patterns of usage, you’ll have better insight into your business costs. From this you can identify where energy is being used, where it shouldn’t or where there are potential issues that are costing your business a significant amount, such as water leaks, leaving lights on at night etc. All of which can add up to substantial savings in both consumption and cost.

In turn, by having better knowledge of when you are using energy, you can look at energy contracts that are more suitable for the type of profile you have and potentially create further savings on system charges by using less during peak demand. More accurate data should also mean more accurate pricing from suppliers and improve your ability to budget.

To speak to our experts about how else you can reduce energy costs for your business, email us at sales@systems-link.com.