How can energy monitoring software assist in ESOS compliance?
ESOS is the latest mandatory energy legislation that has affected the widest range of businesses and organisations throughout the UK, including many SMEs. The purpose of the scheme is to meet EU Directives and to help businesses identify where energy savings can be made.
If you are eligible for ESOS then you will need to appoint a Lead Auditor. After this, the process offers a reasonable degree of flexibility. How, then, can we comply with ESOS effectively and in a way that benefits the business without becoming to time consuming and demanding on resources? We believe the answer lies in carefully selected technologies and a centralised monitoring system.
Energy monitoring software and hardware has evolved rapidly in recent years to the stage where it is now possible to collate and analyse energy data from across the board through a full-automated centralised system that can be accessed remotely. Furthermore, the use of wireless sub-meters means a comprehensive monitoring system can be installed with very little disruption to infrastructure. This can be a powerful tool for businesses, particularly in light of new legislation like ESOS.
A centralised energy monitoring system not only tells us how well existing systems are performing (e.g. plant, heating and ventilation, BMS, lighting etc.) but also allows us to create different scenarios for any proposed changes.
The impact of changes and new technologies is tracked so we have a clear picture of exactly what is going on in terms of the overall energy savings. For example, when we install a new technology like a solar PV system or new intelligent lighting system, we have to make assumptions about the current energy consumption and what impact the new technology will have on overall savings. This is fairly straightforward when you are looking at a single technology but what happens when you are considering a suite of technologies. How can you attribute savings to particular technologies and forecast the impact that one technology will have on another in terms of energy savings? Centralised energy software can overcome this challenge quickly and easily.
One of the most attractive features of energy software is the ability to generate instantaneous customised reports that can be submitted for ESOS, CRC and ISO 5001 compliance or for other aspects of business decision making. A unique dashboard of essential figures can be provided to key stakeholders that require access to energy information. It can also be used to set benchmarks and validate savings for a reduction strategy.
With the government already making plans to roll out smart meters across the country, there is no doubt that energy monitoring software will become commonplace in businesses. The appropriate tool for your organisation must be comprehensive enough to collate and analyse all aspects of your energy usage, whilst having the ability to extract relevant data and present it in a simple format. It must also be scalable in terms of the site(s) coverage and the level of detail provided in the reports.
Combined with the right level of training an energy monitoring system can be used to achieve compliance and continual savings that could increase your bottom line.