When we think of time-travel, we think of something from a sci-fi epic, don’t we? A hero or heroine careening through space in an unsuspecting vestibule, the balance of the universe, shifted forever.
It’s hardly realistic. But as a business function, if we consider time-travel in terms of hindsight and foresight, we’re more than capable of going the distance, no DeLorean required; in fact, when it comes to energy consumption, having visibility into past, present and future data is one of the most strategic ways to optimize your overhead.
Building managers know what they spend on utilities, but many are left in the dark when it comes to why, often defaulting to a trial-and-error scenario to improve their usage. Fortunately, an energy dashboard can offer a 360-degree sightline into your consumption, making it easier than ever to drive efficiencies.
An energy dashboard empowers building and facilities managers to easily monitor and manage their utility data – including gas, water and electricity – from a single, cloud-based platform. The more you use the platform, the more data it stores. In the case of an Envari dashboard, that’s an unlimited volume.
The benefit of housing all this data is the ability to easily compare usage. Whether it’s week-over-week, month-over-month, year-over-year or building-to-building, managers can quickly refer to past usage to deduce trends and monitor improvements. No more hunting down old invoices; you get the historical analysis you need, when you need it, powered by a sophisticated piece of software.
Speaking of old invoices, wouldn’t be it nice to view your energy usage as you use it? To not have to wait to be billed to track consumption, at which point it’s too late to act?
With an energy dashboard, you can view live measurements of consumption values for each area of your building or piece of equipment being monitored – with new meter readings updated every five minutes. It’s a technology that’s always on, generating alerts when usage seems abnormal.
General analysis, portfolio benchmarking, GHG reporting – whatever your goals, you’re free to slice and dice your data as you wish, because you have the data to do so, in real time.
No energy strategy is complete without machine-learning – or, in the case of an energy dashboard, predictive analysis.
Imagine a piece of software so intuitive it can learn how your building uses energy, then model these patterns to see into the future, comparing actual load consumption against expected usage. If your building uses energy as the software thinks it should, then everything’s fine. If there’s an anomaly, you’re promptly notified.
By anticipating consumption, by visualizing the predicted data in a simple, digestible manner, you can confidently nip issues in the bud – increasing savings by reducing waste, energy and emissions.
Go the distance with Envari
If energy efficiency is a top priority for your building, an Envari Energy Dashboard can help. From historical comparison to real-time insight to predictive machine-learning and more – get the past, present and future visibility you need to make smarter energy decisions.