Facility managers and energy consultants will all agree that energy management solutions are of great value for discovering energy saving opportunities unique to their organisation.
One important step that is often overlooked is what must be done prior to engaging and selecting a vendor, in order to prevent delays and estimate expected savings. Wattics has dealt with a wide variety of organisations in the past, and we have compiled a step-by-step guide to get you ready to start saving energy.
1. Get management support
Management support will get your purchase order signed off once the right energy management solution has been identified. No support from the start will guarantee a delay in assigning a budget, and will often lead to orders being cancelled. Some of the questions below might help you to identify if your management is fully supportive, and what you need to be doing to get them on your side:
- Does energy expenditure represent a large part of your direct costs?
- Does your management recognise increasing energy bills as a major issue?
- Does your budget allow for an energy management solution?
- Does the decision maker know about your plans to get an energy management solution?
- Have energy saving initiatives been requested by your management?
- Have energy saving projects been green lit by management before?
2. Identify the real money-saving opportunity
Have you analysed your electricity bills recently, are your costs increasing and have you spotted any signs of abnormal consumption? Identifying early the need to manage energy better will help you assess the gains and payback you are likely to obtain with an energy management solution. Don’t forget that savings on energy costs are pure profit, e.g. if your company works on a 10% profit margin, reducing your energy costs by €10,000 is similar to making an additional €100,000 turnover.
3. Make sure your electrical installation is up to date
Frequently upgraded electrical wiring often leads to confusion and changes to labelling, making their monitoring difficult. Make sure that your installation is up to the necessary standard and checked by a qualified electrician.
4. Identify your requirements
Depending on the nature of your organisation, some unique requirements may need to be catered for by any energy management solution. A number of examples are given below:
Authorisations – Another important point is whether your business requires special authorisation from top management or other departments to get near the electrical supply. For instance, data centres are environments where the relationship between Facility and IT departments is often conflicting, the former trying to optimise facility operation and energy use, and the latter focusing on guaranteeing best performance and reliability of data retrieval. Electrical work on facility equipment may temporarily have an effect business operations and authorisations from management and IT departments will generally be needed before any work can proceed.
Data Security policy – Each organisation’ security policy will need to be assessed beforehand if the company deals with sensitive information, such as banks and other financial organisations. Internet LAN data networks are generally fully restricted and you will need to ensure the vendors energy management solutions’ security measures are up to your organisation standards.
5. Engage your staff
The final and possibly most important consideration is identifying early who is going to engage with the energy management solution once it is in place. While energy management solutions are invaluable to discover energy saving opportunities, the savings will only be achieved if somebody analyses such opportunities and implements energy saving measures. Investing in an energy management solution must come with a team of people ready to engage and commit to realise the savings.
With Wattics you will not miss an opportunity to save energy. Get in touch now at wattics.com, we are excited to provide our technology and expertise to help your business.