18. December 2019

The first steps in energy management

Would you like to introduce energy management? But how? Where do you start? These are the first steps on your way to more energy efficiency:

First consider effective structures - organisational, spatial, energetic. Organizational: Appoint a person in charge or form an energy management team in which each person takes on certain tasks. Define which employee receives which access rights. Spatial: Clarify which locations (subsidiaries if applicable) and halls are to be integrated. Structure the existing meters and sub-meters. Energetic: How should the electrical distribution be mapped? In particular, consider feeds, main distributions, sub-distributions and outgoing feeder systems. Energy sources such as compressed air and heat each have a different distribution topology.

Evaluation of the status quo, identification of potential savings

Determine and evaluate the status quo of your current energy consumption. Where do you see potential savings? The more data there is from intelligent meters, data loggers, building and process control systems, energy suppliers, CAFM and ERP systems, the more accurately you can assess the initial situation and derive measures. Do you need to consider energy production as well as consumption? And which influencing factors do you have to consider? Does temperature play a role? The area values from the CAFM system, the number of visitors or the number of units produced? The more evaluation and analysis options available to you, the more meaningful your evaluation will be.

Set goals, take measures

After the analysis of the initial situation, you now formulate concrete savings targets. These should be measurable. In this context, also define the necessary measures that should lead to this goal achievement.

However, a one-off implementation of the measures is not enough. The impact of these measures should be reviewed regularly.

The right tools

If you would like to increase energy efficiency in the long term or if you are possibly aiming for certification according to DIN EN ISO 50001, a special energy management software is recommended. Because:

Professional energy management software supports you in setting up sensible structures by means of a detailed rights system and graphic navigation, in which you can, for example, store terrain maps or hall plans. The software will enable you to subdivide the meter structure as deeply as you like and to map thousands of buildings and meters.

In addition, it should have numerous interfaces and enable the mapping of various media, including district heating (steam/water), solid and liquid fuels and non-energy media such as water or waste. Photovoltaics, combined heat and power (CHP), solar thermal or heat pumps should also be possible if required.

If you use suitable software, you can not only take the first steps in energy management. You will also be prepared for future requirements.