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Power TakeOff’s energy management reporting services allow businesses to identify saving opportunities among a wide range of functions
Power TakeOff’s energy management reporting services allow businesses to identify saving opportunities among a wide range of functions. Whether using the energy reports to monitor energy operations or budget energy costs, Power TakeOff’s tools allow you to easily review, track, compare, graph, manage and even estimate energy costs.
Top 10 Ways Customers Use Our Service
With over 750 accounts served, we provide electricity, natural gas, and water measurement, monitoring, analysis, and reporting services to a wide range or industries. As a result, many of our customers use these services for a range of functions, such as:
1. Reporting – The most basic use that some customers have is to fulfill requirements from management to report on electric and gas usage at a regular frequency. Customers will also use our services to calculate how much greenhouse gases or tons of carbon were produced to supply their electricity and natural gas use.
2. Understand Usage -Many customers use our services to understand what day, time of day, and what part of the facility is drawing the most electricity or natural gas. A significant number of customers do not understand the aspects of demand (kW) and how it impacts their bills. Our service helps users to build an understanding of kW and kWh elements within their operations.
3. Demand Peaks – Knowing when you hit your demand peak within your billing period is the first step to reducing this cost. Power TakeOff’s energy monitoring and reporting service, with 15 minute and 1 minute interval data options, allows users to easily identify what day and time peak demand was reached. Click here for information on real-time demand alerts.
4. Monitoring & Verification – Committing to new energy efficiency upgrades can be expensive and include a high level of uncertainty. Monthly and daily electricity measurement and reporting allows users to easily measure and verify projected savings.
5. Find Cost Savings – The first level is understanding and the next level is to then take action on the information. Customers use our energy analysis service to identify cost saving potential, such as opportunities to shift or reduce demand, optimize the startup of their HVAC, chillers, boilers, large machinery, and/or other equipment in the morning, move on-peak consumption to off-peak periods, and more, to achieve energy reduction and savings on their utility bills.
6. Build Awareness – A common user among all customers is to use this data to help build employee awareness of energy costs and their environmental impact. This can be easily achieved through displays in employee break rooms, facility entrances, dorms, and on the manufacturing line.
7. Review with Consultants – Many customers also use the energy information with their existing consultants on a regular basis. We have numerous consultants that receive their customer’s data and use it for their own analysis or for their discussions with the customer, or use it to monitor projects they are currently undertaking with the customer. If a customer doesn’t have a consultant they are working with, but would like to review the information in detail and receive help with energy saving projects, we can direct those customers to consultants that we have worked with and are familiar with the service.
8. Interuptible or Peak Control Curtailment – Customers either already on, or who are considering a peak control rate, are typically very interested in the next day or real-time service. They are interested in determining what pieces of equipment can be turned off to achieve their curtailment commitments, or testing what can be done to reduce demand to give them the confidence to sign up for an interruptible rate. Customers already on a rate also appreciate the real-time service where they can determine if they have brought their demand below their agreed upon level to avoid a penalty, but at the same time, they can also ensure they don’t unnecessarily reduce operations too far below that demand level.
9. Energy Cost Allocation – Many manufacturing, property management, industrial process, or other C&I customers are interested in identifying how many energy units, or what energy cost, went into the production of a particular unit of production, batch of material processed, the cost per occupied square foot, etc.. With the detailed 15-minute resolution data or even daily data, customers can accurately allocate those costs to make more informed business decisions, identifying how much energy a particular batch took to process, or identifying the average cost per occupied square foot, occupied hospital bed, cost per conference, and cost per product test among other variables.
10. Real-time Monitoring & Alerts – Customers keenly interested in taking action to reduce energy usage and costs, take advantage of real-time monitoring and alerts. Instead of being reactive and looking back at what operations contributed to a large demand peak the previous day, customers can be alerted as they are approaching a large demand (or trending toward a higher consumption) situation and either: 1) take proactive action to shed load or otherwise mitigate the large usage circumstances before it impacts their bill, or 2) even if they aren’t prepared to take immediate action, can take the opportunity to identify what is currently going on at their facility and may be contributing to the large usage event. Through regular alerting, customers can become intimately more aware of what circumstances create their largest load situations and make plans to avoid or mitigate those situations.