People seem to think that because it can turn energy-consuming equipment off and on, a control system is an energy management system, but it’s not. If you want to manage energy, you must measure energy.
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.