Facility automation sounds hard. Using a smartphone app sounds easy. What if the two met?
Many business owners and facility managers for smaller facilities have a lot of priorities, so when it comes time to consider automating their energy using systems they look at the cost and the hassle of wiring and the amount of disruption to install and they balk.
That’s why smaller facilities pay more in energy. According to the EIA, a 5,000-square-foot facility uses 70% more energy per square foot than a 25,000-square-foot facility. Some 30% of that cost is wasted energy, according to Energy Star.
But new technologies are delivering the same value as traditional building automation and making the decision to buy and install a lot easier.
One of those technologies is leveraging cloud-based computing resources that mean no new servers are needed onsite, and that all reports can be accessed remotely via a mobile computer or device. The other technology advance is in the wireless area, which allows automation sensors to report back wirelessly, eliminating the need to wire in a building automation system.
With an easy Energy Management System (EMS), you can manage a facility’s systems from anywhere. Other advantages include eliminating the need to train local site managers on how to control heating or lighting. There’s also the availability of real-time energy usage reports and updates. This allows you to experiment with various energy usage strategies and see the impact in real time.
And then, of course, there’s the savings. Some customers have reported up to 25% initial savings in energy costs – with no adverse impact on customer comfort.
If we extrapolate that across the 1.3 million service businesses and 600,000 restaurants in the U.S. and expected only 10% of them to add an easy energy management system, the aggregate savings would be $400 million. And the impact on the environment in terms of reduced CO2 and reduced fossil fuel consumption would be similarly dramatic.