UNDERSTAND - Work to precisely understand the building gas usage, when compared to the gas supplier data; deliver business objective and energy saving targets. Identify inaccuracy or reclaim potential.
SELECT – Define the scope boundary. Measure the existing gas usage accurately; continuously monitor to identify supplier metering inaccuracies.
DESIGN – Provide detailed equipment schedule; agree costs and savings.
DELIVER – Put in place the agreed project plan.
PERFORM – Provide a managed service continuously, real-time analysis of gas consumption, recommending measures for ongoing improvement, while providing support, training and education for building users.
Provide those who are responsible for the ‘businesses’ of the site with the actual gas consumption and energy saving opportunities available to them. Key areas:
As most areas of commercial buildings have no energy monitoring below that of the supplier fiscal meter, energy consumption is based on supplier data which can be flawed and prone to error. This highlights the importance of:
An effective energy management approach requires and understanding of energy usage/costs, bench-marking and energy performance. This includes matching energy use to requirements and maximising efficiencies.
Gas consumption can vary depending on equipment and plant in use at the time, their state of repair and the amount and type of equipment installed on fixed assets. The fundamental goal of energy management is to operate at the least cost and least environmental effect.
The judicious and effective use of energy to maximise profits (minimise costs) and enhance competitive position underpins this strategy. Accurate metering minimises energy costs / waste without affecting day-to-day business operations. The environment will benefit from reductions in energy use and carbon emissions which will improve the company image.