Finding Hidden Energy Waste with Data Loggers: 8 Cost-Saving Opportunities

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This best practices guide describes the data logging equipment you need to obtain information on energy consumption and environmental conditions in commercial buildings. It covers eight common forms of energy waste, and provides an overview of how to gather and analyze data and calculate savings for each opportunity.

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Data loggers are small yet robust measurement and recording devices that can save companies significant energy costs. The first step to reducing costs is identifying energy waste. Statistics on utility bills or name plates on equipment, while useful, are not enough to identify what practices and equipment are contributing to high energy use. It is often not necessary to invest in permanent metering. Simple temporary devices, such as HOBO® data loggers, can be used to obtain critical information at a fraction of the cost. More expensive metering can be added later if analysis justifies the value of a permanent monitoring system.

Information collected by data loggers can support proposed changes. Buying new energy-saving equipment requires capital, and changing operating schedules requires adjustments. Furthermore, the savings calculated through analysis of collected data typically justifies these projects. In addition, with data loggers and a comprehensive understanding of how your utility company charges for energy, your facility can reduce peak demand charges. You can also evaluate the efficiency of air compressors in your facility, which are among the most common causes of industrial energy waste.

This best practices guide describes the data logging equipment you need to obtain information on energy consumption and environmental conditions in commercial buildings. It covers eight common forms of energy waste, and provides an overview of how to gather and analyze data and calculate savings for each opportunity.

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