Getting A Handle On Your Energy Usage

How much do you know about your energy usage? Have you set goals for energy efficiency? Are you as efficient as your peers?

Coming up with a solution or plan for your Energy Usage/Cost issues takes time and effort. Before we can get a handle on energy usage, we need to ask ourselves a few questions:

How is my building doing?

Is it getting better or worse?

Where are my opportunities to save money?

Have my previous improvements paid off?

 

Develop a Baseline and Set Milestones

First you need to start with a Baseline of your facility. Implement an energy reporting system and calculate the cost per square foot of your facility. Then compare with facilities that are typical to yours. Determine your energy hogs and develop action plans to improve those systems weighing down on your building.

Baseline Report

A behavioral study by the University of California Davis and the California Air Resources Board found that low cost changes in building operations can save from 5% to 30% of a building’s energy usage, but often these changes aren’t made.

 

The City of KCMO Energy Empowerment Ordinance

The Energy Empowerment Ordinance is helping building owners and representatives to know how their building is functioning when looking at cost per square foot. The ordinance requires building owners (or their authorized agent) to enter 12 calendar months of complete and accurate energy and water consumption data.

Provide data about building operation.

Information is to be entered into the EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool.

Provide select data to the city’s program director before the compliance deadline.

Have you inputted your data to comply with the KCMO Energy Empowerment Ordinance?

KCMO Energy Empowerment Ordinance Compliance Deadlines

Let’s face it, manually gathering all the data you need is a daunting task. And many outside Energy Services only provide one-time audits, giving you very little support in managing energy usage on an ongoing basis.

 

The DMI Energy Dashboard is Here to Help

Energy reporting tool that provides you the needed information to understand how well your building is doing.

Cost effective and frees up your time.

Valuable data at your fingertips to help you determine next step action items.

DMI Energy Dashboard

The DMI Energy Dashboard helps owners manage Energy Cost, Consumption and Carbon Footprint by providing data on cost per square foot, consumption per square foot and carbon data per square foot.

Energy Reporting: Review and share data. Answer where capital improvements are needed.

Energy Usage Snapshot

Energy Benchmarking: Compare like properties. Create peer benchmarks for pre- and post-audits on capital and operational improvements.

Energy Benchmarking

Historical Trending: See when utility rates and reported building consumption spike or drop so you can investigate.

Energy Forecasting & Budgeting: Forecast energy consumption over 12 months and capture changes.

Weather Normalization: See true impacts on energy usage due to weather.

Weather Normalization

 

Energy Usage Fixes

The easiest energy usage fixes are LED lighting upgrades, adding interior & exterior shades, and daylighting. Other energy usage fixes include:

Broadening Range of Temperature (HVAC & BMS systems must be functional.)

Re-commissioning of HVAC system

Re-commissioning of Building Automation System (BMS)

Chilled Water Optimization

Energy Efficient Rooftop Units

Energy Efficient Chillers

Energy Efficient Heat Recovery Chillers

Total Upgrade of HVAC System

Chilled Water Optimization Savings

 

What’s Next?

Benchmarking

Identifying Issues

Setting Milestones

Implement & Monitor

Selecting the right team to support you…

Design Mechanical, Inc.

Design Mechanical is here when you need us, 24/7. Contact us at 913-281-7200 or Connect With Us on our website.

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