Energy Management for Small Business

Posted by Nate in Asset Management on September 4, 2014 with No Comments

While energy management continues to be a growing trend today among many organizations and enterprises, there isn’t one industry or particular enterprise that can benefit from energy management over another. Regardless of industry, business size, or even building size, energy management can still be a crucial part to reducing overall energy consumption and costs.

Many plant and facility project managers that operate in small or medium-sized buildings might be under the misconceived notion that energy management isn’t needed for them because they function in such a small setting. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the energy strategy and management tactics might be different for a smaller business or building, energy management can still have a high-performing impact on energy consumption and costs.

Even though some small businesses operate out of small buildings, and manage a smaller plant, as a result, the building itself might be dated, which can compromise energy efficiency and lead to an increase in costs over the long run. Luckily, there are various resources, technology, and software available that can help plant and facility project managers and teams monitor overall energy usage.

While technology and other energy management resources have proven to be incredibly helpful and beneficial to many enterprises and organizations, finding the right technology that accurately captures energy consumption and provides useful data for smaller buildings has been a challenge for smaller businesses. As a result, many small businesses have relied on others, such as their HVAC contractors to manage and oversee building energy efficiency.

While enlisting assistance from others to manage energy efficiency, one of the most important and challenging goals for small businesses and buildings is to lower energy costs with little financial investment in expensive or technology or other tools that require a lot of support, training, and resources. Small businesses often do not have the financial or physical resources necessary for such an undertaking.

Small business owners and plant and facility project managers should rather devote their time and resources to expanding and leveraging existing resources to implementing and executing an internal energy management plan. An energy management plan for small businesses and buildings should consist of the following steps:

  1. Compare energy usage against other small buildings (either in the same or similar area or industry).
  2. Analyze overall energy costs and consumptions over a projected period of time (three months, six months or twelve months).
  3. Delegate the responsibility of conducting a building walk-through on a regular basis.
  4. Analyze results with a manager or small business owner.
  5. Align results with overall performance metrics (tied to energy management goals).

All in all, energy management for small businesses and small buildings, particularly if they are outdated or old, is important too. In fact, since small businesses are often tied to smaller resources and tools, energy management becomes even more important. Now small businesses can save money from having to continuously rely on contractors for energy management results as well as overall energy consumption and costs.

How to Know if Your Energy Technology is Outdated

Posted by Julie Hoey in Hardware on August 29, 2014 with No Comments

We live in a high-powered digital society today. Technology improves and is released at such a rapid pace that individuals and organizations can barely keep up. This is because the demand for resources and technology is high and many organizations look to these resources to measure data and overall performance, regardless of industry or project.

But what happens over time when technology and resources become outdated? At what point do risks increase and become a greater concern for energy management implementation projects and for the organization as a whole? Here are some tried and true ways to tell if your current energy management technology or system is outdated.

Incomplete Data. If reports are coming through with incomplete data, such as missing fields, data that is mislabeled, or data that doesn’t accurately match up to previously run reports, then this might be a sure sign that the technology or resources that are currently in use may be outdated. All reports that are monitored and analyzed need to accurately represent overall energy consumption and performance and should be error-free to ensure that a project is being managed to the highest quality level.

Data Inconsistencies and Inefficiencies. Similar to above, any reports or data that appears to have inconsistencies and inefficiencies, such as data that doesn’t appear to be accurately reported when cross-referenced with older reports, will likely mean that technology or software is outdated and will require an upgrade.

Lack of Security. Security threats are nothing to joke around about today. We hear all the time about organizations and security breaches which threaten projects, systems, and even put some customer information in jeopardy. What it comes down to is data. Data is a huge asset for any organization, and therefore, is an asset that others want to confiscate.

If there is any indication or suspicion that your data may not be safe, then it may be time to consider an upgrade to your energy management software and technology. No organization wants to run the risk of corrupting or losing data. This could mean months and months of hard work and performance is no longer available or accessible. Plant and facility project managers should ensure secure data whenever and wherever possible.

All in all, energy cost and consumption management is becoming a bigger deal today across various organizations. Alongside the demand and need to manage and improve overall energy management performance strategies is the demand for updated and new and improved technology. The two often go hand-in-hand. While there are a number of risks involved in acquiring, installing, and training team members on new technology, the risks for using older, outdated technology are greater. Facility and plant project managers should ensure they are using only the best of the best in terms ofresources and monitoring overall energy consumption management performance.

Energy Efficiency Training on the Rise

Posted by Julie Hoey in EMS on March 25, 2014 with No Comments

Energy efficiency training is becoming increasing popular in many organizations, companies, and enterprises. While most plant facilities managers and staff, and even other team members aren’t exactly excited about it, most companies today and in the near future are arranging for their staff to participate in energy efficiency management solutions and training.

What’s the point? Energy management solutions today are becoming more and more popular. This is because many organizations, companies, and enterprises are focusing and pushing to reduce energy waste, increase efficiency and productivity, and reduce overall energy costs.

In fact, energy predictions claim that energy consumption and costs will double over the next five years. This is due to inflation, the increase in gas and oil prices, and the rise in energy costs overall. As a result, many organizations and companies are looking for creative energy management solutions to attempt to drive down energy usage and costs.

Energy management solutions training begin with the right energy management software. By using robust, advanced tools and software, organizations and enterprises can properly oversee, track, and manage energy usage and productivity levels. The robust tools and technology coupled with thorough and effective training will no doubt impact organizations positively and over the long term.

Robust energy management software and tools produce data that allows for organizations and companies, as well as facility plant managers and team members to make more informed and intelligent decisions and even set energy savings and management goals. In fact, business intelligence software is becoming more widely used across organizations and in various industries.

So if your organization, company, or enterprise is looking to implement effective and efficient energy management solutions and strategies, count on EMS for ongoing support and training. Implementing any new tool or system in an organization can be a challenge. There are technological and user concerns to consider during onboarding and training sessions. EMS is there to provide software assistance, networking support, hardware support, and even ongoing software maintenance.

While there seems to be a lack of political concern regarding efficient energy management strategies and training, many organizations are taking the reins and are implementing their own energy efficient methodologies and tools and even investing in SaaS, such as EMS for training and support. Organizations recognize that spending the time and money now to implement efficient energy strategies will reduce overhead, allow for improved decision-making, and save money over the long term.

Over time, it is very possible that energy management training will become mandatory in many organizations, companies, and enterprises. If and when that does happen, EMS is here to help! Contact EMS today to find out how you can implement efficient energy management solutions and software into your organization or enterprise. EMS also provides ongoing support and training to ensure that organizations meet their energy savings and management goals as well as make more informed decisions related to their business…all within a budget that works for them.

Geothermal Energy is Green Energy

Posted by Julie Hoey in EMS on March 21, 2014 with No Comments

With the constant rise in energy costs, enterprise-level companies and residents are constantly looking for alternative energy resources and solutions to drive down energy costs and save on waste. One trending form of energy efficiency is green energy options. Furthermore, one popular form of green energy is geothermal energy used as a heating resource.

Geothermal energy is basically natural heat from the Earth. The geothermal energy range beneath the Earth’s surface can range from hot ground water to molten rock, or magma, several miles further into the Earth. There are several locations throughout the world that have areas of geothermal energy, or where hot rock and hot ground water can be found. Some of these locations include in the western United States, Hawaii, and even Alaska.

So what does geothermal energy have to do with renewable energy and green energy options? As further research is conducted and tested, the more organizations are discovering that geothermal energy can be used as a heating resource. Wells can be drilled into the ground, much like digging for oil, in order to use the warm energy as a resource. The design and creation of geothermal pumps helps to extend hot air as a resource into an air filtration and delivery system, which then can use the hot air to be used as a heating resource.

Geothermal energy can be used as a resource to power plants and facilities through steam from a turbine or generator. Some examples include using heating buildings and other infrastructures, powering heat for greenhouses, industrial processes, and even the operation of machines. Currently, more research and development is needed in order to really power this energy efficient method and implement it in more enterprise level infrastructures and locations. In addition, technology needs to improve in order to make this method more efficient and more widely used.

However, there are technologies that have been developed that can be used to take advantage of geothermal energy resources, they just require further research and development in order to be used on a more widespread basis. But the future looks bright and warm for enterprises and infrastructures, and even residential homes. A large push is behind finding alternate energy resources, particularly for heat as oil and natural gas prices continue to rise and become scarcer.

All in all, geothermal energy has the potential to be an efficient and effective energy resource. It has the ability to reduce energy costs, increase efficiency, and even reduce overall waste and energy usage. Geothermal energy is also a green energy option as it comes from the Earth’s crust and surface naturally. Geothermal energy is also clean and sustainable, and a renewable resource. Within the next five to seven years, our world and society will see a large increase in technology and methodologies behind energy efficient strategies, particularly geothermal energy.

The Demand for Heating Efficiency

Posted by Julie Hoey in EMS on February 5, 2014 with No Comments

As the popularity and demand for high efficient energy management solutions becomes more and more apparent in our society, the more research and development is needed to explore possible areas where energy efficiency could improve. During the cold winter months, most enterprise-level businesses and companies are looking for heat-efficient techniques that help drive down fuel costs and reduce overall waste and energy usage.

Heat efficiency is a tricky area for energy management solutions. Since heat is one of our most important resources, the demand alone makes it one of the most expensive resources we as human beings require. However, there are some relatively new tactics and resources that are beginning to appear on the market that help solve the issue of heating efficiency. One such technique is High Temperature Insulation (HTI).

These HTI insulation materials help keep in heat, sound, and keep out cold air…unless retaining cold air indoors is seasonably appropriate. HTI products and materials are very popular specifically for industrial and fire protection purposes, however, due to the ever-increasing rise in heating and fuel costs, manufacturers of these materials are under pressure to further develop more efficient heating solutions.

So how do HTI products and materials actually work? These insulation materials create a barrier to block humidity, cold air, and dampness and keep them out of a building. HTI products are incredibly durable and compressive, making them highly effective for many industrial infrastructures. As mentioned above, HTI products are incredibly common and used mainly in industrial, emissions, and fire protection services today, however, the demand to expand these products into other industries, infrastructures, and even homes is increasing every day.

A recent report published by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. indicates that further research and development of more fuel and heating efficiency techniques, including further development as well as trends of HTI products and materials, will continue from 2012 to 2017, specifically in Europe and North American geographic markets.

All in all, as the energy costs for heat continue to increase, particularly for natural gas, oil, and even electric resources, the higher the demand for alternate renewable energy resources. More efficient fuel and heat resources will help keep energy costs and usage down all while prolonging life of machines and infrastructures, particularly in the enterprise-level industries.

While further research and development of HTI products and materials as well as more efficient heating resources continues, there are still many energy efficient techniques and methodologies that enterprise-level companies can implement into production and facilities management. Contact EMS today for a quote on how to implement energy management tactics to help drive down energy costs, energy waste, and increase productivity levels.

Energy Efficient Strategies for Homes, Enterprises, and Everything in Between

Posted by Julie Hoey in EMS on February 2, 2014 with No Comments

As we’ve talked about several times already, the increase and growth of energy management systems and solutions is only expect to grow in the next four to five years. While we also talk a lot about how energy efficiency management solutions is going to change the way we do business and our society functions, much like technology has already done, it also will become more and more visible in homes and small businesses.

A recent study released by Markets and Markets claims that the energy management systems market is expected to grow from $17.4 billion at the close of 2013 to $38.49 billion by the year 2018. Out of all the markets and countries, including North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, the highest growth potential is expected in North America.

Many energy management systems and solutions suppliers range greatly in products and services today. Some suppliers provide solutions and consulting services on how to direct enterprises and businesses to improve their overall energy efficiency usage and productivity. Some suppliers offer services, provide training and support on energy efficient tactics, techniques, and methodologies, and even offer different types of software to track and monitor energy usage data.

Technology and applications are expected to increase. For example, some energy management providers offer free web portals where enterprises and businesses can access and track all energy usage data. Not only does tracking data allow a company or facilities and plant manager to see energy usage, waste, and costs, it also ties into informed decision-making.

One of the products that Energy Management Software prides itself in offering is energy consumption and carbon footprint charts, which can be easily tracked through our free web portal.

Although we talk a lot about how energy management software and solutions help businesses and enterprises with their energy management efficiencies, productivity levels, and cost savings, energy efficiency strategies also pertain to homes and small businesses. They have access to the same types of software and web applications.

Energy Management Software and solutions is available for all types of homes, businesses, and infrastructures. EMS software and web applications also provide the following benefits and services:

  • Web portal free for small business, homes, churches, and other local, single building uses
  • Track gas, electric and water bills with simplicity and ease
  • Open an account in less than five minutes via a web-based system
  • Energy Star rated for commercial properties
  • Private label integration for your own branding and co-branding

All in all, regardless of whether you are a plant and facilities manager or production manager at a large corporation or enterprise, or if you are a small business owner, or you own a home, there are a number of options and strategies to improving and becoming more energy efficient.

Contact EMS today for help and advice on how to streamline your energy usage, increase productivity, reduce waste, and lower your costs, all for an affordable price that fits within any budget.

Your Enterprise Energy Management Goals

Posted by Julie Hoey in EMS on January 21, 2014 with No Comments

Today when we think of energy management, perhaps there are two words that come to mind. Those words are: “green” and “efficiency”. Some might also say, “sustainability”, or “resiliency”. Regardless of what buzz words your company uses to incorporate and refer to energy management strategies, the goal is ultimately still the same: become more energy efficient.

Energy management and efficiency goals exist to accomplish a few different goals: save energy and money on utility costs, improve productivity and efficiency, and reduce lifecycle costs on existing company assets or machines. Combining these three goals will no doubt drive down utility costs and bring up productivity and efficiency levels.

Remembering, saving energy is saving money. The two go hand in hand. So how can your company implement energy management strategies? Some companies use software that tracks and monitors utility costs and measures them against infrastructure, machine, and/or asset usage to track productivity and efficiency levels. This software can generate reports to include qualitative and analytical data to be used as metrics against cost and energy savings and to track the overall performance of energy management techniques.

An example of such software is SaaS, which is Software as a Service. This type of software provides the analytical data that facility managers and energy management managers seek without the high implementation cost of installing the software or the learning curve in how to operate it. Some of the features energy software provides includes Energy Star compliance, greenhouse gas benchmarking, weather data, and energy dashboard visibility. This software is perfect for any size business or establishment that have energy plants and other infrastructures to maintain.

By making the commitment to become more energy efficient and to integrate new energy management tools, not only does this save money and becomes a long term investment for companies, it also helps companies make better decisions. This can be decisions related to energy efficiency and management or it could be investment decisions. The two go hand-in-hand in that they are interrelated. With the proper tools and data, facility managers can make better decisions to decrease waste and increase productivity, all while saving energy, increasing efficiency, and driving down overall energy and usage costs. Lastly, this will also help organizations meet energy management and efficiency goals and even protect long term investments and assets and improve their infrastructure lifecycles overall.

Today more than ever more and more organizations and enterprises are getting on board with incorporating new energy efficiency techniques that are proven to drive down energy costs and improve productivity and efficiency. Energy Management Solutions prides itself in providing robust software, complete training and support, and response readiness, as well as passing along the savings to clients. Full training and support is provided to you by certified energy management professionals. Our energy management teams are on your side to help convert your enterprise to an energy efficient enterprise…and keep the savings too.

What is Smart Grid Technology?

Posted by Julie Hoey in EMS on January 17, 2014 with No Comments

Today businesses and enterprise-level companies are looking for new innovative ways to improve efficiency, increase productivity, and reduce overall energy usage, waste, and costs. Many companies have begun implementing smart grid technology in order to help them with their overall energy efficiency and productivity goals.

So what exactly is smart grid technology and how does it work? Smart grid technology basically involves computer systems that communication with energy sources such as power plants, wind farms, and even home electrical systems via electricity networks. Smart grid technology monitors overall energy usage and productivity levels so that businesses and companies can analyze energy levels and make decisions and improvements accordingly.

Gone are the days when energy companies had to send out workers to physically monitor and take note of meters and other quantitative data related to energy usage. Smart grid technology allows for energy companies to gather data electronically. This not only saves money for companies on laborers and fuel, but it also increases efficiency. Smart grid technology also allows for companies to assess the overall functionality of equipment to make sure everything is working as it should and there are no broken components.

However, while smart grid technology is an incredibly efficient method of measuring overall energy usage, waste, costs, and functionality, it is only as good as our end users and consumers. Smart grid technology developers and manufacturers can spend all their time, money, and resources improving and developing smart grid technology, however, enterprise-level companies, businesses, and home residents are the ones that will truly benefit. Enterprise-level companies and businesses want to ensure that smart grid technology truly provides them with the data and information needed for decision-making.

In fact, although smart grid technology usage has boomed over the last decade or so, users feel that more improvements are needed. This is due to a wide range of customers and users that currently use smart grid technology, including over six different countries. For example, some smart grid technology users want to save money on energy usage while others are more concerned with the ability to analyze data and other figures. While smart grid technology certainly captures and has the ability to meet these goals, more improvements and developments are needed.

Finally, enterprise-level companies and businesses looking to incorporate smart grid technology and other measurable energy efficiency tactics and methodologies should contact Energy Management Software for a free quote and for additional information on how to make this happen efficiently and affordably.

Energy Management Software is committed to working with clients and providing ongoing support and training to help them meet their energy efficiency and productivity goals. Find out how your company can implement energy management software at an affordable cost to help improve productivity, increase efficiency, and reduce overall energy usage and costs. Join the movement into making our society and world of business a more energy efficient environment.

Enterprise Level Energy Management Strategy for 2014

Posted by Julie Hoey in Alternatives on January 12, 2014 with No Comments

2014 has arrived and is among us. So what is on tap for the upcoming new year? What are enterprises’ plans this year for efficient energy management solutions? What are the small business trends that tie into this? How can an enterprise turn around their current energy usage and increase efficiency, increase productivity, reduce waste, and reduce costs?

So what does this mean for enterprises and what should enterprises focus on for this year? According to Forbes, this year we can expect to see the same continuous rise and fluctuation in the cost of current energy resources, such as oil.

On the other hand, as a result, there is a projected increase in the developments and improvements in current energy management solutions and technologies. As the economy continues to improve, stabilize, and even pick up growth, this brings more opportunity for future energy management solutions and software.

Furthermore, as a result, a projected 2014 business trend also includes the extreme focus on data and information as well as organization and analysis. This is just one way how businesses and enterprises can efficiently track data related to energy usage and waste and improve overall productivity and efficiency. In fact, this will even create a huge push towards and a demand for services and web-based data analysis programs and applications that provide the quantitative data they are looking for to make more informed decisions regarding their energy management strategies.

Currently, businesses and enterprises are either already in the process of implementing efficient energy management solutions and software and are continuously learning, training, and refining their process, or they are just learning about what energy management solutions, software, and technology is available to them to help increase and improve energy efficiency, productivity, all while reducing waste and costs.

For those businesses just getting on board and are currently in the research phase of what energy management solutions can do for them, study industries and seek out the best energy management practices to improve the overall energy management strategy. Work with an energy management service to get access to the right tools to begin tracking and monitoring current energy usage, waste, and productivity levels, and how that data ties into overall machine and infrastructure efficiency and cost. Get the training and support needed to implement a sound and effective energy management strategy for 2014.

All in all, society and our business world have just begun to step into the world of energy management solutions. But as the cost of current energy resources continues to rise, and the scarcity and the reality that current energy resources are finite also continues to rise, more and more enterprises and businesses will begin to seek out alternative energy management solutions as well as invest in the training needed to operate the software and implement the appropriate and necessary tools to begin tracking and monitoring energy consumption, waste, and cost.

Contact Energy Management Software today for an analysis and quote on how enterprises and businesses can implement an effective and efficient energy management strategy. Enterprises should make this one of their goals for 2014.

What Does it Mean to Be Energy Compliant?

Posted by Julie Hoey in Asset Management on December 11, 2013 with No Comments

In today’s green and economically troubled society, many societal and federal programs and organizations have pushed for a more energy efficient world. This is reflected in the cars we drive, the food we eat, our appliances and heating and cooling systems, and even the light bulbs we use. So what does it mean to be energy compliant, and what does that mean for enterprise-level customers?

Being energy compliant relates to four interrelated core areas:

Improves performance Improving performance means incorporating energy efficient strategies and methodologies in the machines, equipment, appliances, and lighting used in every day productivity and operations. By incorporating such energy efficient tactics, such as using energy management and tracking tools, software, and exporting and analyzing data, businesses are able to make decisions on how to improve performance and save energy.

Reduces energy waste Businesses reducing energy waste also means reducing money spent. Facility managers and energy managers looking to apply more energy efficient tools and strategies in daily operations, can save money as well as improve performance and efficiency of machines and equipment.

Provides rapid ROI Once enterprises begin incorporating energy efficient and energy saving tools and software into productivity and operations, this will immediately provide rapid ROI. While it may seem time consuming and costly to employ new strategies, introducing strategies to become more energy compliant will provide immediate financial relief and will save time and money over the long term.

Optimizes existing infrastructures Becoming energy compliant not only improves performance, reduces energy waste, and provides rapid ROI, this also optimizes existing infrastructures. By improving performance and saving on energy, this strategy no doubt extends the life of infrastructures, machines, and other equipment over a longer period of time, which protects enterprise investments. Not only does this save money in parts, services, and replacing existing infrastructures and machines, but it also saves money in getting more out of these investments over a longer period of time.

Being energy compliant is major move for any business of any shape, size or industry. Becoming energy compliant means incorporating these four interrelated core areas into an energy saving strategy and what an enterprise also gets back from these strategies.

In addition, a commitment towards energy compliance is a big move for enterprise-level businesses. While it may require a lot of time and money incorporating data tracking software, monitoring utility bills, tracking energy usage, and monitoring energy efficient strategies, it will certainly save more time and money in energy usage and in energy waste over time.

Energy Management Software also offers training and support for clients who are new to learning how to incorporate energy efficient and energy saving tactics and strategies into operation. Employing energy compliant strategies is a good, long term investment for any enterprise.

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