Metering and monitoring

Installing energy metering and monitoring, and reviewing and acting on that data regularly, is the most cost-effective way to save energy.

But an effective metering solution needs to consider the following:

  • How many meters do you need and where should they be located? Carefully planning your metering strategy can significantly reduce the number of meters required and the implementation costs.
  • How accurate and reliable do the meters need to be? High quality meters usually provide better performance but cost more.
  • Meters alone are not helpful without a suitable reporting platform to record and chart metered data. What type of reporting is required and how will it feed into the business' other management systems?
  • Having access to good reporting software is only useful if real-time alerts are available to notify when operational issues affecting performance occur.
  • If alerted to a problem, staff need to be able to assess the extent of the problem and take action when and if required.

Many plants do not have the capital to establish effective sub-metering but it is important that metering and monitoring is budgeted for all new energy efficiency projects to ensure the budgeted ROI is achieved. This is necessary as energy savings can degrade or reduce over time due to changes in plant and building operation and faults or service issues with equipment. 

The only way to ensure you maintain the savings from implementing energy conservation measures and achieve your ROI objectives is to have on-going monitoring in place. This enables you to increase energy savings by:

  • Quickly identifying equipment malfunctions, deterioration in savings, or seeing when equipment is using excessive energy due to short term faults.
  • Observing counter-productive effects from competing equipment demands or operational conditions.
  • Identifying new opportunities for energy savings projects.

  • Identifying these situations early and taking swift action can save tens of thousands of dollars. 

     

    Where the correct metering is installed in the right location
     and suitable monitoring is in place, 
    paybacks are much less than one year.

     

    Our Services:

    1. Metering scoping study to identify:

  • Accuracy of meters required.
  • Location, number, and type of meters.
  • Implementation costs.
  • Software and reporting requirements and costs.
  • Business case.
  • 2. Supply and install water, electricity, gas meters and temperature probes, etc., as required.

    3. Establish management software and reporting with real time alerts to mobile phones, email, etc.

    4. Provide ongoing management and monitoring to minimise energy costs. See below.


    Our energy monitoring service (Energy Management Centre)

    Out Performers’ pro-active energy monitoring and metering service, the Energy Management Centre, can give you the information and analysis you need to make the most of your energy monitoring system. We can enable you to achieve significant energy savings while optimising your facility’s performance.

    How often do you review your energy data? We’ve found that only around 1% of businesses regularly do this, and even fewer use their data to pro-actively manage their energy use. Those that do typically save up to 15% off their energy bills.

    This means that most investment in hardware and software for energy measurement is not being fully utilised, and therefore most companies are missing out on achieving significant energy savings.

    A small monthly fee for active energy management service will cost, on average, less than 10% of projected energy savings.

     

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