If you are searching for an energy management system (EMS), you will have two types to choose from: those that provide data in intervals, and those that provide it in real-time. Before we get in to which type of EMS is better, it is important to understand both categories of data:

  • Real-time data: key information is gathered from metering instruments several times each second. This data is made available to view immediately through the use of power monitoring software.

  • Interval data: data is collected about once every fifteen minutes. However, this data may not be reported for an additional 24 hours or more.

As you can probably imagine, access to real-time data is ideal. Here are a few advantages that real-time energy monitoring offers over interval data:

  • Instant access to data. Access to real-time data allows you to see what is happening in your building right now, not 24 hours ago.

  • Faster problem detection. When a spike in energy consumption is reported in real-time, it is much easier to locate the root of the problem. When there is a 24-48 hour delay, you have to waste time backtracking, finding people who may or may not remember what occurred that far back.

  • Faster problem correction. The faster you can get to the source of a problem, the faster you can work on correcting it. Knowing what the issue is as soon as it occurs allows for a quicker resolution.

  • Improved energy efficiency. When you can identify wasted energy in real time and correct the problem in a timely manner, you will begin to start seeing significant changes on your energy bill.

If you are looking for an energy management system that offers real-time monitoring capabilities, look no further than Electro Industries.

Electro Industries offers the world’s largest selection of power monitoring meters and software. For more than 40 years, we have helped businesses across the world save money by reducing energy waste. Visit our website to learn more about our energy management solutions, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.