How companies monitor their distributed facilities has changed over time. Where traditional facilities management operated in a manual process environment, today’s facility managers are embracing new technologies that provide real-time visibility on into a company’s distributed assets and overall operations. With respect to energy strategy, current energy management systems (EMS) with enhanced features and functionality offer unique benefits that outshine traditional “old-school: energy management systems. Look at what the core benefits include and how they impact today’s companies offering smarter buildings and smarter business strategies.
Core benefits of an EMS System drive more companies with distributed portfolios toward eco-conscious, energy-efficient strategies.
Lower Costs in Operating and Maintaining Critical Assets
HVAC repairs or replacement represent some of the largest costs an organization may incur. Yet, deploying an EMS System can extend the life expectancy of your HVAC systems and keep them running efficiently. More importantly, predictive maintenance schedules can replace reactive maintenance, helping your facilities team reduced unnecessary maintenance costs while taking advantage of trends among HVAC parts’ suppliers and vendors alike.
Significant Reduction in Energy Costs
This is obvious. An effective EMS System will often dramatically reduce the amount of energy consumed. However, the system goes beyond simply monitoring energy usage patterns by identifying peak energy usage trends, which will likely have a higher kilowatt rate. Knowing this information in advance means companies can work to conserve energy during lulls, similar to the use of grid-style storage, as explained by the Environmental Protection Agency, reducing energy demand during peak hours and reducing energy costs.
Identification of Local, Regional or Nationwide Trends
Energy consumption is filled with patterns and trends. These trends may differ between geographic areas. For example, the arid areas of the U.S. may have a higher need for air conditioning where areas in the north might have an increased demand for natural gas or other heating fuels, such as kerosene. Having recent, relevant information to all trends helps your company stay on top of the utility company and effectively manage your energy use accordingly.
Automated Controls Reduce Risk and Improve Efficiency of On-Site Facilities Management Personnel
Traditional facilities management meant someone had to change settings throughout the day in each location. Cloud-based EMS System eliminate this need, reducing the labor costs associated with facilities management. Furthermore, by leveraging a web-based tool a company can reduce risk from operator error as changes can be applied remotely and automatically.
Easy Installation During New Construction or Integration with Existing or Legacy EMS System
The key benefit of today’s energy management systems (EMS) lies in ease of use. Systems must be simple to install during new construction, and they should enable rapid integration during retrofitting of existing systems. This is one of the hallmarks of ENTOUCH’s services. The one-touch, turnkey implementation makes using an energy management system (EMS) one of the simplest ways for companies to proactively drive efficiencies while increasing profit margins.
The Big Picture on Benefits of an Energy Management System (EMS)
These tangible benefits represent significant savings, but you must act to realize them. Rather than waiting for government-mandated energy programs, you can get ahead of the learning curve and save money today by implementing an EMS System in your company. If knowledge truly is power, your organization will be left behind without an effective energy management system (EMS) in place within the next year or two.