The concept behind an energy management system is simple. The more you know about power usage patterns the better prepared you will be to make adjustments in your energy consumption habits. These adjustments can save you money, improve your energy efficiency and reduce your impact on the environment by cutting down on your use of fossil fuels.
In the end an energy management system is as much a state of mind as it is a network of technological devices. Meters, thermostats, controls, monitors and software programs can provide a lot of useful information. But it is ultimately up to building managers, business owners and homeowners to decide what to do with it. How to convert it into meaningful practical action.
Energy Efficiency In The Technology Age
Primarily used by commercial enterprises, energy management systems are only now being adapted for home use. The cost of the technology probably explains why energy management systems were previously confined to business contexts.
But the arc of development in technology is always toward smaller, faster and cheaper, and in a more user-friendly format. Energy management devices like meters that measure power consumption in five or ten minute intervals, smart thermostats and other sophisticated electronic controls, and logging software that records and processes data have become more affordable. This is bringing energy management strategies within the budget ranges of those who wouldn’t have been able to afford these helpful technologies in the past.
Energy Management And Heating And Cooling Units
When used to monitor HVAC systems, energy management systems can detect inefficiencies, inconsistencies or anomalies in performance that could mean one of three things:
- That air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces are being used inefficiently; or
- That the components of an HVAC system are not functioning correctly and are in need of maintenance or repair; or
- That some of the equipment in the system is breaking down and is in need of immediate replacement.
If you’ve used energy management technologies to detect problems in your HVAC system, it is recommended you contact a knowledgeable and experience HVAC company like Cool Blew Inc.
If repairs or maintenance is needed, having it done as soon as possible can extend the life of the system and its components for several years.
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