Good software is always focused on one thing: users. For energy management software, there are several end-users who need to be considered. They all have very different relationships with their buildings, and need different information to maximize building efficiency.
Primarily, energy management software users are property managers, engineers, or building owners. Let’s take a look at how these three groups use energy management software for their jobs.
We are not the first to say that Courtney Schettino is a rockstar Property Manager for MRP Realty. She is dedicated to smooth operations and team coordination, constantly seeking ways to please and engage the tenants in her buildings.
Schettino uses energy management software to ensure buildings are reaching their baseload consumption on nights and weekends and not consuming extra energy. She receives real-time alerts, so she can catch any problems in the buildings before tenants notice.
More importantly, Schettino has appreciated how energy management software makes it easier to verify her bills are correct. By collecting real-time data automatically, Schettino no longer needs to worry that a meter rolled over without being noticed, or a manual error occurred . The energy management software keeps a log of all the meter readings, so going back in time is simple.
“It is not always an obvious mistake, and sometimes there is no mistake at all, but we still have to check. When you have to check for that sort of problem manually, it can take half a workday.”
-Courtney Schettino, Property Manager for MRP Realty
The MRP data is stored on the cloud, so Schettino just spends a few minutes to review the meter readings for any discrepancies with the bill. The extra money saved by lowering the building’s baseload can be invested in energy conservation measures and amenities that will continue to please her tenants.
Every morning, Jim Lewis simply opens up a web browser to check the data on his energy management software instead of walking to the basement of each of his buildings to manually read the meters. Jim Lewis, the VP of Engineering for The Tower Companies, can oversee the portfolio he manages without having to be in each building.
If the data shows the building did not return to baseload until late at night, he can take that information to verify with the property manager that there was a late meeting in the building that required it to stay on.
Most importantly, Jim Lewis is signed up for real-time alerts that notify him when there are irregularities in water or energy consumption. On Easter Sunday, Lewis was with his family when alerted that there was excess water consumption at one of his properties. He was able to immediately send someone to fix the problem, ultimately saving 80,000 gallons of water.
“It is just the greatest thing, it helps you maintain the building 24 hours a day. You are not there, but you still know what is going on.”
-Jim Lewis, Vice President of Engineering for The Tower Companies
The Lenkin Company is a full-service owner, developer, and manager of properties in Washington, D.C. Lenkin’s Vice President – Commercial, Brian DeHaven, focuses on using energy management software to oversee the portfolio’s operations.
DeHaven uses his executive dashboard for a summary of his portfolio, which he can then use to compare buildings and identify where there is room for improvement. So far, DeHaven has helped The Lenkin Company save $100,000 by pushing start times back by two hours without sacrificing tenant comfort.
“We’re saving money and we can measure it. We’re being sustainable, and that’s important. Our building staff is becoming engaged and that’s exciting!”
-Brian DeHaven, Vice President Commercial for The Lenkin Company
The key to great energy management software is versatility – individuals get the exact information they need to work effectively. Schettino, Lewis, and DeHaven all use the features of energy management software differently, and they have all saved their organizations time and money.