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Introduction - Energy Management in Buildings

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  rev. 2011-08-05        

Building industry professionals know that most Commercial/Institutional/Industrial (CII) facilities can be operated differently or modified to use significantly less energy.  Owners often operate buildings for many years without taking advantage of opportunities they could easily realize.  The main barrier is usually a lack of reliable information required to answer the key questions.


What should I do?
How much will it cost?
How much will it save?
What are the risks?

The answers define investment opportunities, which an informed building owner can choose whether or not to implement.  Without reliable answers, energy conservation opportunities are very difficult to prioritize and compare with other options.  The reasonable response of most building owners is to wait until enough information is available.  Unfortunately, if the information never becomes available, even the best investments are never made.

ManagingEnergy is a structured system for managing and reporting on energy** use across a building portfolio, for creating an Investment Grade Energy Audit, and for implementing the recommendations from the audit.  ManagingEnergy is the right place to gather the information that you need to control energy costs.

ManagingEnergy lets you put your confidence in a system that has been continually improved since 1992.  It has been used in thousands of buildings, totaling tens of millions of square feet of floor space. ManagingEnergy has been used daily since its beginning and has been modified in response to thousands of comments from users.  We welcome comments and suggestions and have a process in place to upgrade the software when the needed.

Managing Complexity

Although ManagingEnergy is a sophisticated system it is easy to use.  The interface has been designed as a series of logical steps with basic and advanced user options.  Each step builds on the last, with benefits at each stage, so users can expand their use of system features as their knowledge of energy management increases.

In addition, the user experience is security-trimmed to give each user only what he or she needs.  Many users, such as high level managers and building staff, will only need to use the dashboards and reports, and will see only the parts of the interface needed to get there.

Making Your Job Easier

Finally, don't be intimidated by the amount of documentation.  If you are new to energy management, you may be wondering why you would get involved with such an elaborate system.  Regardless of how you structure the job, controlling utility costs takes significant effort and attention to detail.  You'll save yourself a lot of time and money, and get much better results, if you use an organized approach like ManagingEnergy to manage your energy management information.


                                                                **Throughout this documentation the term energy will be taken to include common energy types such as electricity, fuel oil and natural gas, but also other metered and consumable utilities such as potable water and sewage services.


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