Smarter energy use and the “Internet of Energy”
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in a recent BBC report envisages a smart energy revolution with more cables linking the National Grid to mainland Europe and says that this is the start of the full-scale “Internet of Energy.” The report claims the UK could save up to £8bn a year by using electricity smarter.
We applaud the ideas, but this future is already here for our clients. They are already benefiting from reduced energy bills by using our monitoring and controls solutions, plus our advice on what they can do to reduce consumption. It might not be the full internet of energy things yet but it does create the opportunity to make savings now.
- At one client’s we pre-heat or pre-cool their site before the peak consumption times to allow the systems to be shut down during peak demand (where power is more costly).
- At another client’s premises, we have instigated a TRIAD (a period of very high energy cost) alert systems. When our analysts predict a TRIAD period, an alarm sounds at the client’s location. Staff consult a checklist which shows activity they should try to avoid as those have a heavy power use – these include things like opening walk-in fridges, using ovens and other high consumption equipment.
- After analysing the consumption patterns of another client, we moved the time of their breaks to match the times of peak demand so they avoided paying peak charges for their power.
- Not to mention the thousands of clients that are using our Utility Insight monitoring systems to keep track of how much and when they are using energy as a way to reduce their overall consumption, tackle out of hours usage and spot peaks in use that might indicate a malfunction.
These savings are available now and every minute you wait to take action means more wasted energy. Take your first step into the smarter energy future by calling our helpline on 0330 303 3302 or emailing us.