Our free energy assessments lead us to a wide variety of buildings and expose us to just as many unique situations and operational challenges. Our customizable energy monitoring solution is beautiful in that the technology is simple, yet it can be used to solve a mixed bag of complex operational problems.
Here are three real world challenges we have come across that could be solved with energy monitoring:
Resolving Disputes Between Tenants
We get to work with a lot of property managers – both commercial and residential. A reoccurring issue we have been encountering is developing a proper and fair billing process for energy, water and waste. When multiple tenants share one space and one bill, proportionate division of the energy bill easily becomes a time consuming pain point for everyone involved.
By installing circuit or device level energy monitoring, managers can toss out old methods of calculating costs by square footage and pinpoint with accuracy the amount of energy used by each tenant and bill accordingly – saving a lot of time and headaches. One of the energy management software platforms in our toolkit allows building managers to automatically input energy, water and waste consumption data making it even easier to report on and manage all waste streams.
Equipment downtime can be a serious financial and operational inconvenience causing a halt in production for manufacturing facilities. For example, equipment failure can lead to loss of inventory and severe financial setbacks for our clients in the food processing industry who rely on refrigeration units to preserve their products.
Real-time, circuit level energy monitoring can proactively identify equipment abnormalities and overloading. This increased transparency enables operations teams to develop proactive maintenance schedules to minimize or eliminate equipment failure. This can extend the life cycle of the equipment, optimize performance, and reduce maintenance costs. In the unfortunate case of failed machinery, live alerts inform our clients of exactly which machines require attention.
Verifying Solar Panel ROI
Our client Canada Ticket installed solar panels on the roof of its facility making it the largest privately owned facility to go solar in BC. However, without energy data it was impossible to calculate the payback on the solar panels or understand their financial impact on overall facility operations.
As part of the energy monitoring project, we attached sensors to Canada Ticket’s solar generation system to get precise insights on just how much energy was being generated. This increased energy transparency allowed Canada Ticket to understand whether the solar project was cash flow positive, and the overall solar project ROI.
These are but a few of the diverse energy challenges we come across where energy monitoring can provide a cost-saving solution. Here at Kambo we live by the following quote:
“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”
In pursuit of our goal to help all our clients improve their efficiency and cash flow, we have placed a large focus on measurement and extend that value to our clients through the various levels of energy monitoring that we offer. Just as there are a range of applications for monitoring, there are also varying levels of granularity in the solutions that we offer.