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Electricity is More than Just Energy - Providing Insights

5 Mar, 2018 4:30:39 PM / by Quek Leng Chuang

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Electricity can be more than just energy to power your equipment, or office for your business. Electricity consumption can provide us, as business owner or manager, much insight, obtained through trending and monitoring monthly, daily, and hourly energy consumption.

 

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The above screenshot gives an immediate glance of the monthly operational activity of a real processing facility. Monitoring gives this business owner the ability to match electricity consumption with operational hours, production output for the month, and even operations expenses.  In many businesses, electricity could account for a substantial 25% or more of total production expenses. In such cases, operational productivity and worker productivity can also be inferred.  Where production and electricity do not align is cause for suspicion and further investigation for inefficiencies. 

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Even more granular inferences can be made with the monthly daily view. Heavy electricity consumption days should match up with high productivity days.  Anomalies too can be noticed at a glance, e.g. higher-than-expected electricity consumption on Sundays when little activity occurs. Inferences can be made to probe into decisions to spread production more evenly to redeploy Overt Timed (OT)  workers. The daily view also shows businesses the 'Ghost' electricity load, which is the electricity consumption on days when there is NO work activity, e.g. on Public Holidays. Significant Ghost loads, warrants investigation to trace and then turn off these non- critical and unnecessary utilization of power.

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Hourly consumption monitoring can provide even more granular insights that will allow businesses to make adjustments to change daily consumption habits. e.g. making advantageous shifts to Non-peak hours (11pm to 7am) when power is cheaper. Daily ghost loads that show up, are also easier to track with more granular information, making it easier to find the component sources of this ghost load.

 

For businesses with multiple sites, you can assess all your accounts with a single Log In.  This empowers such businesses with full visibility of all the sites, making site comparisons and gauging activity from relative electricity consumption a breeze.

 

The ES Power customer dashboard also gives users full transparency of their Carbon Credit Offset account, allows online payment of invoices, and provides a whole suite of other administrative functions. If you'd like to learn more, drop us an email at gogreen@espower.com.sg or call us at 1800 888 1010 today. 

 

 

Topics: Business

Quek Leng Chuang

Written by Quek Leng Chuang

LengChuang is a chemical engineer and an expert in carbonomics. He is the co-founder and owner of Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd and ES Power.