What is Energy Management Software? May 28, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow

 The energy industry is large, and can be overwhelming. From building automation systems to building certifications such as LEED and Energy Star to energy efficient building equipment,  to energy management software, there are a wide variety of energy management solutions you can use to save money and make your buildings sustainable.

All of these solutions serve different purposes in the industry. Energy management software is used to take data from all of your other energy management solutions, so you can make educated decisions based on current performance. Here are the four key features of energy software and what to use them for.

1. Real-Time Energy Data Analytics

First, your energy management software will display all of your energy data on the cloud, which is collected from the hardware meters in your building. Good energy software does more than just display superficial information. It allows you to change metrics and time frames, compare buildings and equipment, and correlate your energy consumption with building occupancy and external temperature
 
Depending of what you are looking for, you can normalize energy data by kW, kWh, kW/sf, or kWh/sf. For example, you may want to look at three of your buildings’ energy consumption normalized by kW/sf to see which building is consuming the most energy per square foot, helping you indicate which buildings to optimize first.
 

With Aquicore, you can even quantify the impact of operational changes with a couple of clicks.

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2. Energy Data Submetering

It’s great to see your total energy consumption for the building, but where is that energy actually being used? If you install submeters in your building, you can use your energy software to look at the different parts of your building separately.
 
Depending on your preference, you can break down the building by space, use, meter, and/or source. Whether you want to see how different floors of your building are consuming energy or you want to separate your lighting from your HVAC consumption, energy management software will let you see everything you need.

3. Team Collaboration Tools

Having granular energy data is not beneficial unless the right people on your team see it. Each piece of information may need to be reported to different members of your team. Great Energy software will improve your team’s collaboration with customizable reports, alerts, and note sharing, so building owners, property managers, and engineers can all have access to the data that is relevant to them.
 
The key is for everyone to have the information they need, without it becoming overwhelming or irrelevant.
 

4. Centralize Energy Management for Your Portfolio

Finally, energy software will allow you to see all of your buildings in one place, whether it is to compare them or to display their performance. Energy management software can be customized to integrate with the other software products you use to manage your buildings.
 
Centralization will let you see the impact of utility costs on your portfolio’s bottom line. Decision makers can see consolidated summaries of their data, so they can make better decisions when buying and renovating their buildings.
 
Energy management software is a critical part of the market for managing buildings effectively. It allows decision makers to see everything happening in their buildings, catch problems as soon as they occur, and collaborate with their team to find solutions. Whether you would like to see the effectiveness of the new HVAC system you installed or you want to make sure your building automation controls are working properly, energy management software can help you understand everything you need to know about your building operations.

 

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About The Author

When Samantha isn’t writing for the blog or managing our HR like a champ, she studies Organizational Psychology at George Washington University.