Energy management

Continuous monitoring of energy will not ensure savings or protect from failures

As a facility manager, are you responsible for ensuring that your operations are running smoothly and efficiently? One important aspect of this job is to ensure meeting energy use reduction targets. Monitoring energy usage is commonly offered as a tool to reach energy and CO2 reduction targets. However, even a continuous energy use monitoring [...]

By |2023-05-03T11:18:42-04:00May 3rd, 2023|Categories: Energy management|0 Comments

How do you know if your energy retrofit has delivered results promised by the vendor?

Some business was convinced they had the most energy efficient operations in the world. They had installed energy-efficient equipment, but they were not sure if these changes were actually resulting in energy savings. They had a gut feeling that their energy bills were still too high. So they hired an independent M&V expert to review [...]

By |2023-01-26T14:53:53-04:00January 26th, 2023|Categories: Energy management|0 Comments

Energy retrofits fail because of weak energy management, not because of technology

Quality of energy management defines quality of energy retrofits. Finding ‘why’ energy is wasted is pivotal to determining how to fix the issue. Energy management is the key to unlocking utility savings and reaching carbon reduction targets. But how do you know if your energy management practices are up to par? A simple way [...]

By |2023-01-26T14:50:39-04:00January 26th, 2023|Categories: Energy management|0 Comments

Why many energy submetering projects fail … and how to ensure that yours succeeds

'Energy submetering project' is doomed to fail unless it is a 'data-based operations management enablement project'.  With energy submeters getting cheaper, setting up a submetering project is a no-brainer and not a big deal, right? -  Sure, if your sole goal is to spend money on new meters. It's a different story if your goal is [...]

By |2022-09-23T13:19:37-04:00September 26th, 2022|Categories: Business value, Energy management|0 Comments

Energy waste in a quick service restaurant is worth the owner’s attention

Cost of saved energy directly adds to QSR owner's profit

The 2 beliefs about energy take a bite from QSR owner’s profit

In the tough world of quick-service restaurants owners are paid last. After everything and everybody are paid, the remaining profit is all too often modest. How can a QSR franchise owner increase their take home pay? Beyond the obvious – selling more and cutting product waste – what can an owner do to boost [...]

Implementation of energy performance standards at 3M – Q&A with Andrew Hejnar

I attended an interesting session Ask Us Anything session on ISO 50001 with Andrew Hejnar, MSc, P.Eng., CEM, CPEnMS, CEA, CRM, SEP PV, organised by Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) and run by Olivier Cappon. Well done! Key takeaways: ISO 50001 is highly scalable, it can be implemented in companies as small as [...]

By |2022-05-24T13:52:17-04:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: Energy management|0 Comments

Utility waste at manufacturing plant is a choice, money is not the issue

I often hear that "Energy audit costs money, but saves no energy". This is true and not true at the same time. Here is why: Any experienced plant manager knows that their plant wastes utilities. No shame in this. Every plant wastes energy. Few plant managers know where exactly this waste occurs and even [...]

80% net carbon emissions reduction is achievable — and profitable — right now

We often hear that massive carbon emissions reduction is either technically impossible or financially unfeasible. However, through a feasibility-level analysis of eight commercial and industrial buildings, I arrived at a conclusion that surprised even me. Massive net carbon emissions reduction is not a technological issue, nor is it a financing problem. It is a [...]

By |2022-01-13T18:40:41-04:00January 13th, 2022|Categories: Energy management|0 Comments
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