The college Estates team needed a way to monitor their energy use so that they could make the kind of rapid changes that reduce consumption rates… without disrupting the operation of the college.
Estates Manager of Stephenson College Edinburgh, Dave Keen, was concerned about energy use within his main college building. Smart meters had been installed previously but they provided limited data based on overall consumption of a zone or building. Whilst this information was helpful the cost and time involved identifying problem areas or equipment was too expensive and labour intensive.
Edd:e identified that a server for the language department was running 24 hours per day, seven days a week but needed to be operational only ten hours per day. Other quick wins included: timer switches to vending machines and timer switches to printing equipment.
The real-time circuit level data reduced the high cost of excessive labour intensive time to identify equipment and housekeeping practices that were causing the high consumption.The impact on consumption was almost immediate with a return on investment of nine months and the impact on the college’s CRC program escalated the college up the league table and they are one of the colleges in the region who are meeting efficiency goals.
Dave and his team commented after the initial findings:
“Edd:e has helped improve customer support and we now do more preventative work and customer facing than fire-fighting.”