While re-programming the air-handling units, as part of a retro-commissioning initiative, they discovered the fan- powered boxes were not operating according to normal standards. The fan-powered boxes were running during holiday periods when the school was not occupied and were running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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“We are always striving to be more energy efficient. You have to know what you’re using to make an effective change; that’s why energy monitoring is a large part of our energy conservation and demand management plan for the board.”
“With utility bill analysis your re always two are three months behind; real-time information provides immediate feedback on what is happening in our schools.”
Within two weeks of implementing the system, facilities services staff were able to identify faulty controls for equipment. “It was a no-brainer, it aid for itself within the first year”.
Real-time data tracking is significant to ensure proper monitoring conditions within our schools. “This alarm feature will allow us to continue our efforts to reduce unnecessary energy consumption and flag system failures.”
“Staff have commented on how their understanding of consumption data has motivated them to look for further efficiencies and opportunities to reduce energy usage – both at school and at home”.