Understanding the Basics of Energy Management

Understanding the Basics of Energy Management

Energy management is top of mind for most facility managers, but what does it really mean? Energy Management is mainly concerned with saving energy in an existing building. It includes planning and operation of energy production and energy consumption with the objective of conservation and cost control. Regarding energy savings, energy management involves monitoring, controlling, and conserving energy in a facility. Steps involved in energy management include:

  1. Monitoring energy consumption and collecting the data
  2. Identifying areas of inefficiencies and uncovering conservation opportunities
  3. Taking targeted opportunities to save additional energy
  4. Tracking the results of your progress
  5. Sharing data with other building management software

Why Measuring Energy Matters

Energy management systems pave the way for better building diagnostics and more efficient use of building space. They can deliver real-time diagnostic reports about lights or lighting zones that need attention, provide space utilization data, and integrate with HVAC and other building systems. This valuable intelligence helps building owners and facility managers make informed cost saving decisions about lighting and real estate.

These benefits are great but finding a system to help facility managers with this process is important.

What to Look for in an Energy Management Solution

  • Secure Microsoft Azure cloud platform
  • Dashboard for energy management and energy monitoring
  • Remote system access via secure cellular modem
  • Open ADR Ready (automated demand response)
  • Emails for system warnings and alerts
  • Ability to work seamlessly with a networked lighting system (like our Dialog® system)

Now that you know the basics for energy management systems, you can put this knowledge to work with CheckLight®, our cloud-based energy management platform. For more information, visit douglaslightingcontrols.com/products/checklight or email CheckLight@douglaslightingcontrols.com to schedule a demo.