Resolve to Improve Your Energy Data Management in 2015
Schneider Electric’s blog provides 15 resolutions to help companies more effectively leverage their energy data to achieve energy goals:
- Measure. Make energy data management a priority, be disciplined in measurement and only track mission-critical data that drives effective reporting and action.
- Identify unique sites and data streams. Create a centralized inventory of energy data streams by cataloging each site and each energy source by site to better visualize the origin of energy data.
- Determine significant energy users.
- Monitor the performance of significant energy users. Use software that provides an enterprise view and a site view. Detailing energy consumption by location, time of use, process and personnel will allow you to build a plan to better manage consumption that ultimately results in reduced costs.
- Develop a process for regular data collection. Maintain and periodically calibrate physical meters and other data collection devices to ensure their accuracy.
- Review all invoices for accuracy.
- Resolve billing errors. Audit utility invoices monthly.
- Standardize utility invoice data.
- Eliminate late fees.
- Benchmark data.
- Index data. Comparing the energy consumption of your sites allows you to easily determine the highest and lowest performing facilities so you can develop a plan to improve the low performers.
- Digitize your data. Rather than adopting a spreadsheet approach, using a web-based data platform can maximize the power of a centralized, dynamic data repository for greater analysis and stronger correlation of disparate data streams.
- Build reports.
- Share your data internally. An energy report is great way to illustrate how resources are being converted and display a cost/benefit analysis.
- Develop an energy education program. Use data and reports to educate employees about the impact on energy so that they can help champion the company’s reduction goals.