Effective Energy Management from Home—Part Five

Steve Heinz - April 7, 2020
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Welcome to my blog series, #5 of 5, on Effective Energy Management from Home. If you haven’t read Blogs #1, #2, #3, and #4, I recommend you give them a quick read first.

You’re a home-bound Energy Manager. How can you spend your time productively? One good use of your time is to do the benchmarking and analysis tasks that you’ve had on your action list but haven’t gotten around to yet, tasks that some would describe as “not urgent but important.” Sadly, the “tyranny of the urgent” has forced your in-office priorities for years and kept you from addressing the “important.”

Grab a cup of coffee and learn how you can use EnergyCAP benchmarking and reporting tools to spot problems that may be hiding in plain sight. You haven’t had the time to go on an energy-saving treasure hunt before, but today’s your day!

If you’re like me and find that “eyeballing” problems is your preferred method, here’s your homework:

  • In EnergyCAP Version 7, select Report-01.
  • Run it, PDF output, once for each Commodity (set Commodity filter to Electric, then run again for Natural Gas, and so on).
  • Set the Data Displayed filter to “Calendarized”, the Value Displayed filter to “Cost” and the Group Data By filter to “Place Type—Building” which produces one page per building.
  • Set Billing Period filter to the last few years (if available), perhaps January 2016 to December 2019.
  • Set the Variance from Prior Year filter to Greater Than 10.

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Create the report and sit back with your coffee mug in one hand and index finger of the other hand on the Page Down key.  You can quickly scroll down building-by-building, eyeballing each page and looking for unexpected blips, bumps, and (maybe) boo-boos. You’ll know it when you hear yourself muttering, “Hey, that doesn’t look right.”

Here’s assignment #2:

  • In EnergyCAP Version 7, select Report-02.
  • Set Data Displayed to “Calendarized,” Group Data By to “Meter,” Order By to “Value,” Rank By to “Unit Cost,” Billing Period to a recent complete 12-month period (2019 is a good choice), Commodity to “Electric,” and Vendor Name to one of your major electric utilities.

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Do any of the highest cost per kWh meters also represent a lot of dollars over the span of a year? If so, congratulations. You may have found a great potential cost savings opportunity because this meter may be on a disadvantageous rate schedule or be experiencing some other issue. Click on the meter in the PDF to drill down to the underlying bills in EnergyCAP. You can also view rankings like this in the Groups & Benchmarks module, Meter Groups, Commodity Auto-Group, Cost/Unit. 

Happy treasure hunting and stay well! And best wishes that you can use your work-from-home time to become a more effective Energy Manager.

Normal processes disrupted due to work-at-home restrictions? The EnergyCAP team is fully operational and available to help you. Contact us if you need assistance with data entry or management, user training, or other EnergyCAP-related process.

Topics: Software Features- Energy Management- The Workplace- Energy and Culture

Steve Heinz

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Steve Heinz

Steve is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EnergyCAP, Inc. He is a Professional Engineer, a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, and Certified Energy Manager with more than 40 years of experience in energy accounting software and mechanical and architectural engineering. In recognition of his accomplishments, Steve was named the 2013 International Energy Engineer of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers.

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