What do skyscrapers and schools have in common when it comes to energy management? Not as much as some people think. The differences might offer you some insight into variations among industrial facilities.
Many companies are ready to sell you their technology, but the typical energy management or control system may not provide the information, analysis and reports you’ll need to diagnose problems and improve efficiencies.
Be wary of claims that you can compare energy consumption of one facility to another, or even learn much from a standard audit. Instead, use detailed, real-time energy monitoring to discover your plant’s own fingerprint.
Valid, objective problem solving is no longer a part of most energy projects. Instead, the goals have become energy audits, benchmarking, new equipment, new lights, solar, wind – whatever a company or person is selling, however they make their money.
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When you’re the expert and you know more than anyone else in the room, you may suddenly find yourself outnumbered. That’s a good time to remember solid engineering principles like “heat in equals heat out,” and stick to them.