The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that one-fifth of the energy consumed in the United States is used by commercial buildings. They also estimate that up to 20% of this energy is wasted due to inefficiencies. Imagine being able to reduce, or even eliminate this wasted energy – the cost savings would be huge!

In a world of business where every penny counts, commercial property owners and managers should put a higher priority on conserving energy. But how can they do this in a manner that is cost-effective? The answer is simple: through the use of Electro Industries’ world-class power meters and submeters.

Here is how EIG’s power monitoring systems can help decrease energy consumption in commercial buildings:

Increase awareness of energy consumption through submetering.

Submeters are a critical element for measuring energy consumption in large-scale environment. The use of submetering allows the building owner or property manager to measure energy consumption not just for the entire building, but for individual floors, tenants, and common loads such as HVAC systems. This information fosters energy savings by increasing awareness and promoting a conscientious effort to reduce consumption.

Identify areas where energy savings can be attained.

Once the power consumption data is gathered from the submeters, facility engineers can identify the most problematic areas in the building. Some of these places may include common areas such as lobbies and hallways, HVAC systems, retail floors, and individual tenants with high consumption. If your tenants are the problem, our EnergyReporter EXT software allows you to automatically bill them based on their energy usage, which gives them an incentive to cut back.

Implement energy reduction programs and monitor progress.

For several years, the U.S. Federal Energy Management Program has posted guidelines for commercial buildings to reduce their energy consumption. These guidelines always include the implementation of submetering with energy tracking and reporting. Once key problem areas are identified, you can develop an energy-savings program and use the power metering system to track its progress.

Looking to start saving money? Electro Industries/GaugeTech has on-staff dedicated application engineers to provide comprehensive support and make your project a success. Visit our website to learn more, call (516) 334-0870, or email to speak with one of our trained representatives.