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Why Should Hospitals Care About Energy Management?


When it comes to energy, few types of facilities use more of it than hospitals and healthcare agencies. It is estimated that the average 200,000-square-foot, 50-bed hospital spends more than $680,000 on energy every year. Combined, healthcare facilities across the country spend roughly $6.5 billion on energy each year, and that number is constantly rising to meet the evolving needs of their patients.

 

So, why should hospitals care about energy management?

Hospitals can improve their bottom line by better managing their energy consumption. According to Energy Star, “every $1 a non-profit healthcare organization saves on energy is equivalent to generating $20 in new revenues for hospitals or $10 for medical offices. For-profit hospitals, medical offices, and nursing homes can raise their earnings per share a penny by reducing energy costs just 5 percent.”

By being more energy-efficient, hospitals around the world can:

  • Save money
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions
  • Improve air quality
  • Support their commitment to public health

 

What can hospitals do to conserve energy?

Even with facilities as complex as hospitals, energy savings aren’t hard to achieve. In fact, just making some of these small changes can have a big impact on your energy bill:

  • Upgrade to LED lighting. LED light bulbs consume up to 80% less energy than incandescents, and can last up to ten times longer. You should also use natural lighting whenever possible to further trim your energy bills.
  • Maintain all HVAC systems. Heating, cooling, and ventilation are responsible for roughly one-third of all hospital energy use. Using programmable thermostats and tuning up your HVAC system twice per year is a good way to start conserving energy.
  • Install low-flow plumbing fixtures. It’s not just electricity being wasted, it’s water too. Installing low-flow sinks, showerheads, and toilets can reduce water consumption by 50% or more.
  • Invest in an energy management system. Using power meters, submeters, and specially-designed computer software, energy management systems can help healthcare facilities reduce their energy consumption by 20% or more. If employed at every facility across the country, this would translate to more than $1 billion in savings.

 

Electro Industries has helped hospitals all over the world save energy, money, and the environment for the past 40+ years. To learn how we can help your healthcare facility, give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Electro Industries


You know that Electro Industries is a worldwide leader in energy management systems, but what else do you know? Take a look at these five facts about our company – you might be surprised what you learn.

 

1. We helped pioneer the power monitoring industry more than 40 years ago.

Sam Kagan founded Electro Industries in 1975 with one goal in mind: to create the first multifunction meter. Since then, Electro Industries has made one innovation after another, compiling a multitude of patents, trademarks, and awards over the past 40 years.

 

2. Our power meters have been installed all around the world.

Hundreds of thousands of Electro Industries power meters, submeters, and energy management software have been installed in virtually every corner in the globe. We help a variety of businesses, utility companies, universities, and government entities throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Check out our case studies library to learn more.

 

3. We offer free customer training seminars throughout the country.

In order to get the most out of out power monitoring products, it is essential that you understand how they work – inside and out. That’s why our dedicated training team travels the country providing free hands-on seminars for our valued customers. Click here to view our upcoming training schedule.

 

4. Our products are backed by our industry-leading four-year warranty.

Quality is our most important goal. All of our products are built to last, and our industry-best four-year warranty assures you of that. If other companies don’t have confidence in their products, how can they expect you to?

 

5. The United States Army counts on us, and you can too.

That’s right; the United States Army is currently using Electro Industries power meters in their bases across the country in an effort to reduce energy consumption. The initiative started in 2008 and has been very successful over the past decade. Click here to learn more.

 

Want to learn how Electro Industries power monitoring equipment can help your business save energy, money, and the environment? Visit our website, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.

4 Mistakes That Could Skyrocket Your Business’ Energy Bills


 

Is your business spending too much money on energy? Probably.

The good news is that you can achieve big savings by making relatively small changes. For starters, make sure you aren’t making one of these four mistakes, which could skyrocket your energy bill…

 

Poor Building Scheduling.

Take a look at an hourly breakdown of your building’s energy consumption, then cross-reference it to your employee’s working hours. Do the two match up? Oftentimes, you will find you are paying to operate your facility when it is completely vacant – such as overnight or on the weekends.

 

Using Inefficient Equipment.

Your facility is only as energy-efficient as the equipment it uses. From employee computers to the refrigerator in your breakroom, take a close look at all of the electronic devices in your office and how they compare to today’s energy standards. You may discover that doing a complete overhaul of your equipment will actually save you money in the long-run.

 

Neglecting HVAC System.

Heating and cooling is a major source of energy consumption. In some offices, it can be responsible for half of your energy bill or more. Keep costs down and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system by keeping up with your preventative maintenance. This includes:

  • Changing your air filters every month.
  • Upgrading the insulation in your walls, ceiling, and floors.
  • Sealing air leaks around your windows, doors, and ductwork.
  • Scheduling a professional tune-up twice per year (heating and cooling).

 

Not Investing in an EMS.

An energy management system, or EMS, allows you to monitor, control, and optimize your facility’s energy consumption. Using a series of connected power meters, submeters, and computer software, you can view how much energy your facility is consuming in real time. This allows you to easily identify areas of inefficiency and work on correcting them.

 

For the past 40+ years, Electro Industries has helped businesses around the world save energy, money, and the environment. Our energy management systems are simple, easy to use, and proven to reduce energy consumption. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

The Six Ws of Energy Management Systems


You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Here’s everything you want to know about energy management systems, courtesy of the experts at Electro Industries!

 

What is an energy management system?

An energy management system uses a series of meters and computers to monitor, control, and optimize the power consumption of your facility.

 

Why are energy management systems beneficial?

When properly installed and utilized, energy management systems can help you reduce power consumption and energy waste, lower operating costs, and lessen your impact on the environment.

 

How can an energy management system help you save money?

With real-time energy monitoring, you can view how much power your facility is using at that exact moment. This allows you to easily identify areas of inefficiency and implement power savings programs to cut operating costs and improve your profit margin. The power meters from Electro Industries also double as power quality analyzers, helping you prevent downtime and the lost revenue associated with it. Lastly, you can use your newfound commitment to the environment in your marketing materials to attract new customers.

 

Who can benefit from an energy management system?

Anyone and everyone can benefit from an energy management system, regardless of your business size, type, or industry. Electro Industries has installed energy management systems across the globe in hospitals, data centers, malls, apartment complexes, factories, schools, and more.

 

When is the best time to invest in an energy management system?

The best time to invest in an energy management system was yesterday. The second best time is now. The truth is, there is never a bad time to get started with your energy management goals. The sooner you invest in an EMS, the sooner you start saving money!

 

Where can I learn more about energy management systems?

If you are looking for more information about energy management systems, there’s only one name you need to know: Electro Industries. Visit our website to learn how our power monitoring equipment can help improve your business, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Register for Our Free Power Meter Training Session in Boynton Beach, FL


Up next on the Electro Industries nationwide tour: Boynton Beach!

That’s right, Electro Industries will be coming to Florida next month to conduct a comprehensive hands-on training session on our Shark and Nexus power meters. The two-day course is perfect for everyone who uses our power monitoring products on a daily basis.

No matter your experience level now, you will walk out of the seminar knowing the ins and outs of our products. The training course will cover everything from meter setup and configuration to communication protocols and reporting.

Read below to learn more…

 

Event Details

When: May 9th – 10th, 2017

9:00AM – 5:00PM

Where: Courtyard Marriott Boynton Beach

1601 North Congress Ave

Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Cost: FREE

 

Other Notes

  • Please arrive 30 minutes early both days to allow time to check in and set up.
  • Attendees are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging (if applicable).
  • Participants are required to bring their own WiFi-enabled laptop, running Windows Vista or later.
  • Guests should download and install our Communicator EXT 4.0 software prior to attending.
  • View our online flyer for more information.

 

Registration

Space is limited, sign up now to reserve your spot! Guests interested in attending have two ways to register:

  • Register online by clicking here.
  • Register over the phone by calling (561) 758-2660

 

Electro Industries has been a worldwide leader in the power monitoring industry for more than 40 years. Our energy management systems are designed to help your business save energy, money, and the environment. Click here to browse our selection of power monitoring equipment, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.

Spring Clean Your Way to Energy Savings


Spring cleaning isn’t just for our homes, and it’s not just for appearances. Here are four ways that business owners can spring clean their way to energy savings:

Air filters

Dirty air filters are bad news. In fact, it is estimated that four out of every five HVAC-related breakdowns are caused by dirty air filters. A dirty filter limits fresh air intake, which in turn increases wear-and-tear on your HVAC system and spikes your energy bills. Clean or replace your filters at the start of the spring season, and once per month afterwards.

Refrigerator coils

The break-room refrigerator is a sneaky source of energy consumption. The easiest and most effective way to maximize energy-efficiency is by cleaning the condenser coils every six months. First, unplug the refrigerator and locate the coils (they are usually on the back or underneath the appliance). Then, using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, clean the coils until all visible dust and debris is gone.

Air ducts

Air ducts are a notorious hiding spot for dust, animal dander, pollen, mold, and all types of other contaminants. Not only do these pollutants affect indoor air quality, they can impact the performance of your HVAC system by limiting air flow through your vents. That’s why experts recommend having your air ducts professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.

Dusty equipment

Are your light bulbs, computers, and other office equipment coated in a layer of dust? Not only is this dust unsightly and allergenic, it can actually spike energy consumption. Give your office a good dusting using microfiber cloths – traditional feather dusters are ineffective and just kick dust into the air, rather than collecting it.

Looking for more ways to save energy for your business? Consider investing in an energy management system. Using power monitoring equipment and connected computer software, you can monitor your facility’s energy consumption in real time and identify areas of weakness. Visit the Electro Industries website to learn more, or call (866) 928-7908.

3 Things Your Utility Bill Isn’t Telling You


When you get your electricity bill every month, do you pay it blindly or examine it closely? Even if you do pay attention to everything written on the statement (which most of us don’t), you are still missing out on key information.

Here are three things your utility bill doesn’t tell you:

 

  • Peak hours. Peak hours are the period of time when energy demand is at its highest in a particular city or region. Most energy suppliers will charge you more for the electricity you use during this timeframe. If you don’t pay attention to these hours of peak demand, you could be paying up to 30% more on your utility bill each month.

 

  • Base load. Your base load is the amount of energy your facility consumes when it is not in use. This is the first place that energy managers should look for wasted energy. Under ideal conditions, your base load should be very low, with the majority of energy being used on security lights or other equipment required to run around-the-clock. However, many facilities are surprised when they find out their base load is much higher than they expected. This difference between expected base load and actual base load is wasted energy. Unfortunately, utility bills do not allow you to calculate your base load.

 

  • Real-time insights. The biggest problem with utility bills is that you only get them once per month. When you have thirty days worth of data lumped together into one number, it is nearly impossible to identify trends and inefficiencies. Access to real-time data allows for faster problem detection, correction, and improved energy efficiency. Receiving this information in 24-hour increments can decrease the value and accuracy of the data, let alone 30-day increments.

 

Stop relying on your utility bills to provide insight into your energy consumption. Invest in an energy management system today.

Electro Industries is a worldwide manufacturer of power metering equipment and software. Our comprehensive energy management systems provide real-time insights and alerts, allowing you to quickly identify and correct inefficiencies. Visit our website to learn how we can help your business save energy and money, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

How Does Spring Affect Energy Usage?


 

Spring is in the air! As climates across the country transition from cold weather to more mild temperatures, business owners can expect changes on their energy bills. Let’s take a look at two major ways the spring season can impact your energy consumption:

 

Warmer Temperatures

Spring signals the end of the winter months, and the beginning of the warm season. Before long, business owners everywhere will be shutting down their furnaces and starting up their air conditioners in order to keep comfortable.

Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat without breaking the bank:

  • Change your air filters each month.
  • Have your cooling system professionally tuned up and inspected at the start of the season.
  • Patch any holes in your ductwork.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat.
  • Seal air leaks around windows and doors.
  • Use ceiling fans to facilitate airflow and create a windchill effect.
  • Keep your curtains closed to prevent the sun from warming up your office on hot days.

 

Daylight Savings Time

Along with the warmer temperatures, spring also brings more sunlight with each passing day. And thanks to the clock adjustment (don’t forget to spring ahead one hour!), this daylight is better-aligned with our work hours. Savvy energy managers can use this abundance of sunlight to their advantage. Some ways they can do this include:

  • Installing solar panels to convert sunlight into energy.
  • Keeping the curtains open to reduce the need for artificial lighting.
  • Warming their office on chilly days by keeping the curtains open.

 

Some businesses may find that their energy costs drop in the spring; others may experience a sharp increase. Every business is different. The best way to monitor your energy consumption is with a professionally-installed energy management system.

Electro Industries has been a worldwide supplier of power monitoring equipment and software for more than 40 years. We have helped businesses across the globe save energy, money, and the environment – let us help you. Give us a call at (866) 928-7908 to learn more about how our products can help your business, regardless of size or sector.

Electro Industries Offering Free Power Meter Training Session in Greensboro, NC


 

Mark your calendars, Electro Industries is coming to Greensboro, North Carolina!

Our dedicated customer training team travels all around the country, providing our valued customers with free training sessions for our Shark and Nexus product lines. Next month, we will be visiting the city of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Read below to learn more about this one-of-a-kind training opportunity…

 

Event Details

When: April 19th – 20th, 2017

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Where: Greensboro Marriott Downtown

304 North Greene Street

Greensboro, NC 27401

Cost: FREE

 

Course Contents

This two-day seminar will provide users with a comprehensive understanding of our Shark and Nexus power meters. Course contents will include, but are not limited to:

  • Meter configuration
  • Terminology and programming
  • Communication protocols
  • Interpreting real-time data
  • Accessing and analyzing historical data
  • DNP implementation and interfacing
  • Software integration
  • And more!

 

Other Notes

  • Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and lodging (if applicable).
  • Please arrive 30 minutes early to check in and set up.
  • Guests should download and install our Communicator EXT 4.0 software prior to attending.
  • Participants must bring a WiFi-enabled laptop running Windows Vista or later.
  • View our flyer for more information.

 

Registration

Seating is limited. Spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested guests can register online, or contact James Poole at (772) 621-9641.

 

Electro Industries offers the world’s largest selection of power monitoring instruments and software. For more than 40 years, we have helped businesses across the globe save money and the environment by reducing energy waste. Visit our website to learn more about our energy management solutions, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.

How Energy Suppliers Can Benefit from Power Monitoring Equipment


We all know how energy consumers can benefit from power monitoring equipment; reduced energy consumption, operating costs, and environmental impact are all common reasons why businesses around the world choose to invest in it.

But what you may not know is that power monitoring equipment can also help energy suppliers operate more efficiently. Here’s how:

Improved Power Distribution Reliability

As an energy provider, your number one priority should be distributing a reliable supply of power to your customers. Our products can help you do this by allowing you to:

  • Monitor Voltage Variations
  • Record Faults and Time Protective Equipment
  • Monitor Reliability of Breakers and Relays
  • Uncover Optimal Course Of Action to Rectify Events
  • View Historical Data to Avoid Future Events
Substation Automation Solutions

The substation is the heart of your operations. Improving how you manage your substation can improve your business as a whole. With the help of power monitoring equipment, you can:

  • Heighten Emergency Response Time
  • Shed or Shift Loads Quickly
  • Identify and Manage Peak Demand
  • Upgrade Substation Monitoring Technology
  • Improve Levels of Communication and Data Transmission
  • Increase Accuracy of Revenue Metering and Billing Systems
Enhanced Customer Service

Customer service is an important component of every business. Here’s a few examples of how the power monitoring equipment available from Electro Industries can help you keep your customers happy:

  • Service More Customers Through Power Information
  • Provide Customers with Immediate Power Quality Solutions
  • Improve Power Distribution Reliability
  • Automated Billing

Electro Industries has been a leading supplier of power monitoring equipment for more than 40 years. Our instruments are currently being used by businesses around the world, big and small. Visit our website to learn how we can help your business, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Must-Have Features of Any Energy Management Software


 

Any good energy management system has two components: hardware and software. The hardware is the physical equipment, such as meters and submeters, that track energy consumption. The software refers to the computer applications which display and organize the vast amounts data collected by the hardware.

 

If you are looking to invest in energy management software for your company, make sure it has these five features:

 

Meter configuration and monitoring. First and foremost, your energy management software should be able to connect to your power monitoring meters and submeters. Ideally, the configuration process should be automatic, and your software should continuously monitor meter health and report any problems.

 

Real-time energy information. In the world of energy management, real-time data is invaluable. Compared to interval data, which only generates every 24-48 hours, real-time data provides you with in-the-moment insights, making it easier to understand your facility’s energy consumption and locate weaknesses.

 

Historical data access. Access to historical data is just as important as access to real-time data. If you cannot view your energy consumption data from last year, how can you tell if you are improving?

 

Power quality analysis. Not all energy is created equal. If you are not receiving a steady stream of reliable power from your supplier, costly outages can occur. If your energy management software doesn’t have power quality analysis capabilities, you have no defense against potential lapses in your power supply.

 

Reporting capabilities. All of this wonderful data means nothing if there’s no way to access and understand it. Your energy management software should offer a reporting dashboard that automatically populates important information in a concise, easy-to-read report.

 

Electro Industries is a worldwide leader in energy management systems. Our EnergyManager EXT software comes fully-equipped with all of these features, and is designed to seamlessly integrate with our world-class power meters. Visit our website to learn more, or call (866) 928-7908.

3 Ways Schools Can Benefit from Energy Management Systems


Did you know educational facilities across the United States spend more than $14 billion on energy each year? Furthermore, it is estimated that about 30% of this energy (or $4.7 billion) is ultimately wasted.

 

With statistics like these, it’s easy to understand why schools across the country are implementing energy management systems on their campuses. Here are three ways that all schools can benefit from power monitoring equipment:

 

  • Identify and improve inefficiencies. Energy management systems which utilize submeters can pinpoint energy consumption down to a specific building, floor, or piece of equipment. Using this information, you can easily identify inefficiencies within your facility and design energy-saving programs to fix these weak points.

 

  • Spread awareness around campus. Once you have this energy consumption and savings data available, you can display it across your campus and invite students and staff to join the initiative. This added awareness can cause students to be more conscientious of their energy consumption habits, leading to further savings of 15% or more.

 

  • Qualify for government rebates. If you are applying for government certifications, such as an LEED building, there are certain guidelines you have to meet. A professionally-installed energy management system can help you monitor your progress, achieve your goals, and provide the data needed to support your claims. Meeting certain benchmarks can even qualify you for a government rebate.

 

Want to learn more? Click here to learn how the University at Buffalo is utilizing energy management systems to reduce consumption campus-wide.

 

Electro Industries has helped educational facilities around the world save money, energy, and the environment for more than 40 years. Visit our website to learn more about our energy management systems, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Register for Electro Industries Power Meter Training Session in Lincoln, NE


 

Up next in the Electro Industries nationwide tour: Lincoln, Nebraska!

 

Not only does Electro Industries manufacture the world’s best power monitoring equipment, we have a team of dedicated training specialists that travel around the country to show you how to use it. Next month, we will be visiting the city of Lincoln, Nebraska to provide users with a comprehensive, FREE, two-day training seminar on our Nexus and Shark power meters.


Read below to learn more…

 

Event Details:

When: April 4th & 5th, 2017

   9:00AM to 5:00PM

Where: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln South

   1101 W Commerce Way

   Lincoln, NE 68521

Cost: FREE

 

Important Notes:

  • Guests are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging (if applicable).
  • Please arrive half an hour early to check in and set up.
  • Attendees should bring a WiFi-enabled laptop computer running Windows Vista or later.
  • Participants should download and install our Communicator EXT 4.0 software prior to attending.

 

Course Contents

Whether you are a novice or an experienced user of our products, this course will provide a comprehensive understanding of our Nexus and Shark power meters. Course contents will include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to the Shark and Nexus meters
  • Software functionality and features
  • Meter setup and configuration
  • Interpreting data in real-time
  • Accessing historical data
  • Communicating through a variety of protocols
  • DNP implementation and interfacing with other systems
  • And more!

 

Registration

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot before it’s gone! Readers interested in attending can sign up online, or call Tom David at (312) 636-4362.

 

Electro Industries is a worldwide leader in energy management systems. Over the past 40+ years, hundreds of thousands of our power monitoring instruments have been installed across the globe. To learn how we can help your business save energy, money, and the environment, give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Why Our Customer Training and Product Support is the Best in the Business


Since opening for business more than 40 years ago, Electro Industries has been committed to manufacturing the world’s best power monitoring products, while also providing the best customer service in the industry.

Read below to learn about our customer training and technical support services…
 

Free Training Seminars

In order to get the most out of our power meters, it is important that your staff knows them inside and out. That’s why we have a team of dedicated training specialists that travels the country, providing FREE seminars to customers who wish to attend.

These two-day training sessions provide a hands-on environment to learn about our products from the people who know them best. Here is a schedule of our upcoming training locations:

  • Ann Arbor, MI – March 8
  • Lincoln, NE – April 4-5
  • Greensboro, NC – April 19-20
  • Boynton Beach, FL – May 9-10

To learn more about our free training seminars, or to sign up for any of the above dates, please click here.
 

On-Site Training

No training seminar scheduled for your area, or maybe you want a large group training? Don’t worry. We provide on-site training services, where we will go to your facility and introduce your employees to our products. Fees for on-site training are based on the number of days and number of attendees. Please call 866-928-7908 to learn more.
 

Technical Support

If something goes wrong, you can rest assured knowing you have access to Electro Industries’ world class technical support team. Our qualified technicians can service your products in-house or on location. Our rates are dependent on the type of service that is required and your geographic location:

In-House Repairs

We charge a flat rate for our in-house repairs, which also include free upgrades to specific hardware and firmware levels. Our rates are as follows:

  • Single and Dual Display Meters: $205.00
  • Shark 100 and Shark 200 Meters: $300.00
  • Nexus Series Meters: $493.00
  • Portable Units: $932.00

Note: if board requires replacement, there will be an additional fee.

In-House Calibration

  • Single and Dual Display Meters: $195.00
  • Shark 100 and Shark 200 Meters: $250.00
  • Nexus Series Meters: $350.00
  • Portable Units: $550.00
  • Calibration Certification with Point to Data: $100.00

Note: if board requires replacement, there will be an additional fee.

Field Service

Our technicians can also come to you. If you are interested in our field services option, please refer to the chart below for our rates:

  • Local Rates (within 100 miles of Westbury, NY): $150.00 per hour
  • National Rates (outside 100 mile service radius): $1,2500 per workday, $700 per travel day, $225 per hour of overtime (after 10 hours)
  • Outside the United States: $2,500 per workday, $800 per travel day, $225 per hour overtime (after 10 hours)

 

These are not firm quotes, actual costs may vary. Special conditions apply. Please click here for more information, or call our support team at (866) 928-7908.

5 Reasons to Choose Electro Industries For All of Your Energy Management Needs


Whether the goal is to save money or save the environment, businesses around the country are turning to power monitoring systems to help cut back on their energy consumption. If you are looking to break into the world of energy management, there is only one name you need to know: Electro Industries.

Here are five reasons you should choose us for all of your energy management needs…

 

1. We helped pioneer the power monitoring industry more than 40 years ago.

Sam Kagan founded Electro Industries in 1975 with one goal: to create the world’s first multifunction meter. Since then, it has been our mission to innovate and produce the world’s best energy management technology.

 

2. We deliver tangible results, and we have the facts to prove it.

Electro Industries customers have reported cutting their total energy consumption by up to 20% after implementing our products, saving millions of dollars per year. Energy suppliers and consumers alike have benefited from our power monitoring equipment; check out our library of case studies for real-life examples.

 

3. Hundreds of thousands of our instruments have been installed across the globe.

Electro Industries products can be found in every corner of the world, in all types of businesses, organizations, and government entities – big or small. Some of our most popular customers include Florida Power & Light, conEdison Energy, and even the United States Army.

 

4. We offer an industry-leading four year warranty on all of our products.

If a manufacturer isn’t confident in their own products, why should you be? Only Electro Industries offers an industry-leading four-year warranty on all of our energy management systems. From world-class research and development to high-quality materials, our products are designed to last.

 

5. Our hardware and software seamlessly work together, meaning less work for you.

Every energy management system has two key components: hardware and software. At Electro Industries, our power meters and instruments are specifically designed for seamless integration with our computer applications. This automates many cumbersome tasks and ultimately leaves less work for you, the user.

 

Ready to learn how Electro Industries can help your business reduce energy consumption, operating costs, and its carbon footprint? Call (866) 928-7908 or email us at sales@electroind.com.

4 Not-So-Obvious Benefits of Power Monitoring


 

If you are a regular reader of the Electro Industries blog, you are already familiar with the many benefits of power monitoring. With the right tools and equipment, you can reduce energy consumption by up to 20%, improving your profit margin and reducing your impact on the environment.

What you may not know, however, is that power monitoring equipment can do more than just help you save green. Here are four not-so-obvious benefits that energy management systems can provide…

Double-Check Your Utility Bill

You pay your utility bill every month, but do you know if you are paying the correct amount? Whether by accident or intentional, billing errors happen all of the time. Having a power monitoring system in place will allow you to audit your energy provider by comparing your consumption data against theirs.

Extend Equipment Lifespan

When a piece of equipment – be it a computer, HVAC system, or piece of manufacturing machinery – is on the verge of a breakdown, it often undergoes a spike in energy consumption. Since submetering allows you to pinpoint your energy usage down to specific pieces of equipment, you can identify when something is malfunctioning, and fix the underlying problem before it completely breaks down.

Improve Marketing Efforts

If you rent out residential or commercial property, going green is in the best interest for your business. Studies show that more and more tenants are looking for rental space that is energy-efficient and property managers that are environmentally-conscious. By investing in a power monitoring system, you can effectively market your efforts to potential customers.

Prevent Power Outages

Power outages cost companies billions of dollars every year. When your business is down, you miss out on opportunities to earn revenue, not to mention having to pay idle employees. Combine this with damaged equipment and lost data, and it’s easy to see how the costs add up. With power quality analysis equipment, you can identify lapses in your power supply the moment they happen and potentially stop power outages before they start.

Electro Industries has been helping businesses around the world, big and small, save energy and money for over 40 years. Visit our website to learn how our power monitoring products can benefit your business, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Electro Industries Offering FREE Power Meter Training Seminar in Ann Arbor, Michigan


 

Bundle up, Electro Industries is coming to Ann Arbor, Michigan!

Next month, our professional training team will head to the Wolverine State to conduct a comprehensive training seminar on our Shark and Nexus product lines. This course is an absolute must-attend for anyone who works with Electro Industries power meters, from substation engineers and metering technicians, all the way to energy managers.

Read below to learn more about the training seminar…

 

When will the training session take place?

The Electro Industries Ann Arbor training session will be held on March 8th, 2017 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Guests should arrive half an hour early to sign up and check in.

 

Where will the training seminar be located?

The training session will be held at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building, Room 105. The college is located at 4800 E. Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor, Michigan, zip code 48105.

 

What is the cost of attendance?

The seminar is FREE to attend, however guests are responsible for their own transportation and lodging (if applicable).

 

What do participants need to bring?

Guests are required to supply their own Wi-Fi enabled Windows laptop, running Windows Vista or later. You should download and pre-install the Communicator EXT 4.0 software prior to attending.

 

What contents will be covered by the training?

This is a comprehensive course that will teach you everything you need to know in order to operate our Shark and Nexus power meters. The morning session will be dedicated to application and questions, while the afternoon session will focus on programming. Course contents include, but are not limited to:

  • Meter setup and configuration
  • Communication through a variety of protocols
  • Meter programming
  • Interpreting data in real-time
  • Accessing historical data
  • DNP implementation and interfacing
  • And more!

 

Where do I sign up?

Guests interested in attending can register online or call Prejoe Mathew at (516) 297-3606.

 

But, I still have questions…

Everything you need to know can be answered by our online flyer. If you still have questions, feel free to give Electro Industries a call at (866) 928-7908.

3 Ways Power Quality Analysis Can Save You Money


 

Not all energy is created equal, that’s where power quality analysis comes into play.

Power quality analysis involves using a series of meters and gauges to monitor your facility’s power supply, in order to make sure it can support operations. When there is a significant change in the quality of energy being supplied to your business, problems can occur.

Luckily, tools such as the Nexus 1252 Power Quality Meter can help prevent these problems before they start, saving your business time, money, and trouble. Here are three ways that power quality analysis can directly help your bottom line:

Lost Revenue

A drop in power quality may result in a full-blown power outage, meaning your business cannot operate until the power is restored. Often times, this can take several hours or more. When your business can’t operate, you can’t sell your products or services, and you will sustain a loss of revenue.

Idle Employees

Your employees are affected by downtime, too. When your business is down, your workers can’t complete their daily functions. But, since they are still on the clock, you have to compensate them for their “work”. This is yet another way that downtime can cost you big bucks.

Equipment Damage

Voltage spikes and surges have been known to damage sensitive electronic equipment, including computers and servers. Sometimes, this damage is permanent and irreversible. Other times, it can result in lost data that is more valuable than the equipment itself. Either way, it is a costly problem that can be fixed with the help of power quality analysis.

Getting started with power quality analysis is easy. Just visit the Electro Industries website, or pick up the phone and dial 888-928-7908.

Electro Industries Wins Software & Technology Awards


Westbury, NY (Wednesday, February 2, 2017) – Electro Industries /GaugeTech (EIG) announced that it has won Corp America’s Software & Technology Awards for 2016 in two categories: the Best Meter Management Software Provider, for the Energy Manager EXT software suite; and the Most Innovative Metering Technology Product, for the Nexus® 1500+ meter.

Winning these awards affirms EIG’s leadership in both energy management software applications, and cutting-edge monitoring products. EIG’s Energy Manager EXT software suite includes the following modules:


  • Communicator EXT™ Application – lets the customer view real time readings, configure meters, download stored logs and analyze waveforms. It can be downloaded free of charge from EIG’s website.

  • MeterManager EXT Application – this is an automation component added to the professional, licensed version of Communicator EXT™ software, that allows the meters to be managed easily without any need for user configuration or system setup.

  • The EnergyReporter EXT™ Application – gives the customer an Enterprise-wide total energy usage reporting solution for detailed energy usage analysis viewing and reporting, as well as customer billing.

  • The HMI EXT™ Application – lets the customer connect a graphical HMI interface to the software, view all data through the Internet, control electrical distribution points, and compile energy usage reports easily and quickly.

  • The Dial-In Server EXT Application – allows remote meters in the field to dial in and report outage information. This is useful for remote meter applications where only telephone access is available.


The Nexus® 1500+ meter is EIG’s latest addition to the Nexus® family of revenue meters. It is designed for applications where meter accuracy and capability is of critical importance – hospitals, data centers, and wafer fabs plants, for example. It has a unique auto-calibration feature to maintain its high accuracy for the life of the meter, and offers multiple communication ports and protocols, including IEC 61850. It is an IEC 61000-4-30 Class A and EN 50160 PQ reporting meter.

For more information on EIG’s energy management software, visit its webpage at:
https://electroind.com/product-info/energy-manager-ext-enterprise-software/

For more information on the Nexus® 1500+ meter, visit its webpage at:
https://electroind.com/product-info/nexus-1500_plus-next-generation-power-quality-revenue-meter/

Top 5 Ways Shopping Malls Can Cut Energy Costs


 

Take a look around any shopping mall and you will see an assortment of lights, escalators, electronic signage, charging stations, and other devices that consume more energy than you can imagine. It should come to as surprise that malls consume a ton of energy – up to 650 kWh per square meter each year. In contrast, an energy-efficient office building may consume only 30-40 kWH per square meter.

 

If you help operate a shopping mall, improving your bottom line is as easy as cutting down on energy consumption. Here are five ways you can get started:

 

1. Upgrade lighting fixtures.

Does your shopping mall still use incandescent light bulbs? If so, your lighting costs could be up to eight times more expensive than they should be. Newer LED light bulbs are not only more energy-efficient, they can last ten times longer and produce less heat.

 

2. Optimize facility scheduling.

Most shopping malls are only open about for about 12 hours per day, yet they are consuming energy 24/7. While some operations (such as security and refrigeration) may be necessary around-the-clock, others are not. Should you really be paying to light an empty building?

 

3. Service the HVAC system.

Shopping malls cover massive amounts of space, and keeping that space at a comfortable temperature doesn’t come cheap. If you are neglecting to maintain your facility’s HVAC system, it becomes even more expensive. At the very least, your heating and cooling units should be professionally serviced once per year.

 

4. Install motion sensors wherever possible.

Thousands of dollars could be wasted on energy in empty rooms. Installing motion detectors on lights and bathroom fixtures can significantly decrease both electricity and water waste. These sensors are relatively small investments that can quickly pay for themselves.

 

5. Invest in an energy management system.

Energy management systems not only provide you with energy consumption data for your entire facility, they can provide segmented data as well. Knowing exactly where your energy is being used can help you easily identify inefficiencies, and work on correcting them.

 

Electro Industries is a worldwide manufacturer of energy management systems. For the past 40+ years, we have helped shopping malls all around the world reduce energy consumption, operating costs, and their carbon footprint. Check out our shopping mall case study to see how we can help you, or call 866-928-7908.

Top 4 Myths About Energy Efficiency


With the recent worldwide trend of going green, more and more sources are beginning to talk about energy efficiency. Unfortunately, what they say may not always be true. Here are four common myths and misconceptions about energy efficiency, and the facts behind them:
 

Myth: Energy efficiency is only for newer buildings.

Fact: Older buildings can become energy-efficient, too. In fact, it’s easier for older buildings to improve their energy-efficiency because there is so much room for improvement. Common energy-efficient upgrades that work well in older facilities include improving insulation, upgrading light bulbs, and servicing the HVAC system.
 

Myth: Electrical devices do not use any energy when they are turned off.

Fact: Most electrical devices continue to draw power even when they are not on. This is called “phantom energy consumption” and can significantly impact your energy bill. It is not enough to simply turn a device off, you should unplug it from the outlet to ensure it does not use any energy.
 

Myth: Energy efficiency is expensive.

Fact: Energy efficiency is an investment, not an expense. While it is true that many energy-efficient upgrades cost money up front, they can pay for themselves over time with the savings they provide. Short-sightedness prevents many business owners from making upgrades that could actually save them money in the long-run.
 

Myth: Only large businesses can benefit from energy management systems.

Fact: Energy management systems can help any business – big or small. Electro Industries helped pioneer the power monitoring industry more than 40 years ago, and our instruments are currently installed in buildings around the world. Our customers vary in industry, company size, and location, but they all have one thing in common: they are saving money with their EMS.

Want to learn how an energy management system can help your business save? Call Electro Industries at 866-928-7908.

5 Hidden Ways Your Building Could Be Wasting Energy


 

Did you know that up to 30% of your energy bill is wasted every month? Energy waste happens virtually everywhere, including many places you would never think to look. Here are five hidden ways your building could be wasting energy:

1. Air Loss

If your facility is under-insulated, your money could be going out of the window – literally. Air leaks can spike heating and cooling costs by 20% or more, which is why it is important to make sure your building is properly sealed. A professional energy audit is the best way to locate air leaks within your facility.

2. Artificial Lighting

It is estimated that lighting accounts for roughly 25% of energy bills. Fortunately, there is a free source of light that everyone can take advantage of: the sun. Keeping your curtains open can reduce lighting costs, and help warm up your office on cold winter days. Upgrading to LED light bulbs can cut your lighting costs even further.

3. Phantom Energy

Most electronics continue to draw power from the outlet when they are turned off. This “phantom energy” usage can significantly increase your energy bills. Prevent this unnecessary consumption by unplugging all of your electronic devices when they are not in use.

4. Inefficient Appliances

You may not be thinking about the stove or refrigerator in your employee break room, but your energy supplier is. These afterthoughts can add hundreds of dollars to your electricity bill each year. Upgrading to Energy Star appliances is a smart move which can pay for itself in a relatively short time.

5. Poor Building Scheduling

Take a close look at your building operations schedule. Does it match up with your employee’s work hours? If your facility is running when the office is vacant (such as holidays, overnight, or on the weekends), ask yourself how many of these operations are essential. You will likely find that many of them are not.

The energy management systems available from Electro Industries make it easy for businesses to monitor, control, and optimize their energy consumption. For the past 40 years, we have helped businesses all over the world save energy, money, and the environment. Visit our website to learn how we can help your business, or call (866) 928-7908.

6 Features to Look for in an Energy Management System


Not all energy management systems (EMSs) are created equal. While some will help you meet and exceed your goals, others will only lead to failure and frustration.

An energy management campaign is only as good as the tools it utilizes, which is why you should seek out an EMS with these six features:

  1. Real-time monitoring. Unlike interval data, real-time energy monitoring provides you with key energy data in the moment – not on a 24-hour time delay. This makes it easier to pinpoint weaknesses and areas for improvement.
  2. Historical data. Historical data also plays an important role in energy management systems. It allows you to compare your current energy consumption to previous years, visualize energy trends, and diagnose past problems.
  3. Power quality analysis. Power outages cost companies billions of dollars every year in lost revenue, damaged equipment, and idle employees. An EMS which integrates power quality analysis can sniff out these power disruptions before they occur.
  4. Meter-software integration. There are two parts to any EMS: hardware (meters and instruments) and software (computer applications). Ideally, you want these two components to interact as seamlessly as possible with minimal user involvement.
  5. Customized reporting. When it comes to energy reporting, there is no “one size fits all”. Certain pieces of information may be valuable to one employee, but useless to another. Customized reporting will allow you to quickly put key information in the hands of those who need it.
  6. Automated billing. If you are a utility supplier, billing can be a troublesome task. In fact, many companies outsource their billing operations; a move which can cost tens of thousands of dollars per year. Some energy management software, such as EnergyReporter EXT, comes fully-equipped with automated billing capabilities  to make your life easier (and cheaper).

The energy management systems available from Electro Industries come with all six of these features, and a whole lot more. Visit our website to learn about our power monitoring meters and software, or call (866) 928-7908.

Register for Electro Industries Power Meter Training Seminar in Southern California


Businesses all over the world rely on Electro Industries power meters to help them cut energy consumption and save money. In order to get the most out of our products, it is important to understand their full functionality.

To help our valued customers, we travel across the country, providing free training seminars to those looking to learn the ins and outs of our meters. Next month, we will be in Southern California to conduct a two-day training session led by our professional training staff.

This course will provide users with a comprehensive understanding of our Shark and Nexus product lines. Read below for more information:

 

Event Details

When: February 15th – 16th, 2017

   9:00AM to 5:00PM

Where: Holiday Inn & Suites Fullerton

    2932 East Nutwood Ave.

    Fullerton, CA 92831

Cost: FREE

 

Other Notes:

  • Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and lodging.
  • Guests should plan to arrive 30 minutes early to check in and set up.
  • Participants must bring a WiFi-enabled laptop running Windows Vista or later.
  • Please download and install our Communicator EXT 4.0 software prior to attending.

 

Course Content

This two-day course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of our Shark and Nexus power meters. Covered topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Meter configuration
  • Terminology and programming
  • Communication protocols
  • Interpreting real-time data
  • Accessing and analyzing historical data
  • DNP implementation and interfacing
  • Software integration
  • And more!

 

Who Should Attend?

This course is perfect for anyone who works with Electro Industries power meters on a daily basis – novice or experienced. This includes energy managers, substation employees, PQ engineers, metering technicians, and project and plant managers.
 

Registration

Space is limited, and spots are going fast. Register now before it’s too late! You can sign up online, or call Regional Manager Prejoe Mathew at (516) 297-3606.
 

Additional Information

Want to learn more about Electro Industries training programs? View our online flyer, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Electro Industries Releases Enclosure for its Form 9S Socket Revenue Meters


Westbury, NY (Wednesday, January 11, 2017) – Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announced that it has released a pre-wired enclosure for the Shark® 270 and Nexus® 1262/1272 Form 9S socket revenue meters. This enclosure can also be used by other Form 9S transformer-rated meters. It comes equipped with a 13 jaw Form 9S meter socket in a NEMA type 3R indoor/outdoor enclosure. The enclosure is 600 V rated and has a 10 pole FT switch terminal block and a lockable cover.

The enclosure is perfect either for a retrofit or a new installation. The enclosed test switch allows any meter to be serviced or tested by mechanically isolating it from incoming line voltage. This enclosure is readily available for purchase.

For additional information on the Form 9S Socket Meter Enclosure, visit its webpage at:
https://electroind.com/product-info/9s-socket-form-meter-enclosure/

3 Common Mistakes People Make With Energy Management Systems


 

Energy management systems can offer many benefits to a business; including reduced operating expenses, decreased environmental impact, and marketing advantages. However, in order to reap these benefits, it is important that you avoid these costly mistakes…

Mistake #1: Not having upper-level support.

Energy management works best with a top-down approach, meaning you need the support of upper-level management. Too often, energy managers see their initiatives fail because there isn’t a company-wide buy-in. If you are having trouble gaining support from your boss, try this:

  • Present the problem (high energy usage) and the solution (an energy management system).
  • Use statistics, facts, and hard dollar figures to support your case.
  • Do your research beforehand so you can pose specific ideas.

Mistake #2: Not investing enough.

If you make the decision to invest in energy management, invest in energy management. Rapid, company-wide implementation yields better results, and tends to deliver them quickly. Slow, limited deployment, on the other hand, can deliver slow, limited results. This ultimately sabotages your campaign before it has a chance to get off the ground.

Mistake #3: Using the wrong equipment.

In the world of energy management, your results are only as good as the equipment you use. The best energy management systems offer real-time power monitoring, which gives you valuable insights in the moment, instead of waiting 24-48 hours for interval data. You should also seek out “bonus features” that can help you save money in other areas, such as power quality analysis, automated reporting, and billing.

Electro Industries is a worldwide supplier and manufacturer of power monitoring equipment. For more than 40 years, we have helped businesses around the world save energy, money, and the environment. Visit our website to learn how our energy management systems can help your business, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

What You Need to Know About Submetering – the Basics


In today’s world, more and more companies are looking to go green. Whether it is to save money, save the environment, or both, reducing energy consumption is a top priority for businesses across the globe – big and small

One of the best ways to cut energy usage is through the use of power monitoring tools known as submeters. If you are new to the world of energy management, you may have heard the term “submetering” before, but might not fully understand what it means. Not a problem. The power monitoring experts from Electro Industries are here to explain what submetering is, and the many benefits that it can provide.

 

What is submetering?

Submetering refers to the installation and utilization of electronic devices to monitor energy consumption after your primary utility meter. These meters can provide you with real-time data for specific points within your facility.

Submeters are an effective way for property owners to fairly bill their tenants, but they are quickly growing in industrial popularity as well, for the reasons listed below…

 

What are the benefits of submetering?

Submetering can offer many benefits to business owners, such as:

 

  • Pinpoint energy consumption. You may know how much total energy your facility is using, but do you know exactly where it is being used? Submeters can pinpoint energy consumption to specific departments, operations, or pieces of machinery.
  • Identify inefficiencies. The real-time, precise data provided by submeters makes it easy to identify areas of weakness within your facility. Using this information, you can develop and implement power-saving programs to improve upon your inefficiencies.
  • Prevent equipment breakdowns. When one piece of equipment is consuming significantly more energy than its counterparts, it could be a red flag that something is wrong. Submetering can allow you to detect these kind of problems before they fully develop, giving you the opportunity to fix them before costly breakdowns occur.
  • Detect errors on utility bill. You pay your utility bill every month, but how do you know that you are being billed fairly? Mistakes can happen, and without power monitoring equipment such as submeters, you could be paying more than you should be.
  • Provides benchmark numbers. Looking at your energy data in a vacuum doesn’t offer much insight. However, comparing it to benchmark data (whether from your own company or industry competitors) can provide greater context as to where you stand in terms of energy-efficiency.

 

How can I get started?

Getting started with submetering is as easy as picking up the phone and calling Electro Industries. As a worldwide supplier and manufacturer of power monitoring equipment, we have been helping businesses across the globe save money and energy for over 40 years. Call us today at (866) 928-7908 to learn how submetering can benefit your company.

5 Energy Saving Tips for Data Centers


Did you know that data centers can use up to 200% more energy than normal office spaces? Fortunately, there is a silver lining to this shocking statistic: higher energy consumption means more room for improvement.

Just follow these tips from the energy management experts at Electro Industries, and you will slash your data center’s operating costs in no time:

 

  • Turn off idle equipment. This seems like a no-brainer, but in large data centers, it can be hard to identify idle servers. Research conducted by Energy Star shows that up to 30% of the equipment running in a data center is “comatose” – meaning it is consuming 30-40% of its maximum power while producing no work at all.

 

  • Consolidate workloads. Many data centers operate under the principle that every individual application needs a dedicated server. This leads to several servers operating at only 20% utilization or less. Instead of this inefficient approach, consolidate your servers by allowing each one to run multiple applications at a higher utilization.

 

  • Turn up the thermostat. In previous years, data centers needed to be kept at about 68° around the clock. Due to recent advancements in technology, data center equipment can now withstand a broader range of temperatures. This means you can now set your thermostat to about 75-78° without worrying about damaging your equipment.

 

  • Separate hot-air and cold-air flows. Most IT equipment is designed to intake cold air from the front, and exhaust warm air at the back. When you have several aisles of servers all facing in the same direction, they begin to intake hot air that other servers have just exhausted. For optimal efficiency, alternate directions so that the front side always faces another front side, and the back side always faces another back side. This will create “hot” and “cold” aisles. Click here to see a visual representation of this method.

 

  • Invest in power monitoring equipment. You may know how much total energy your data center consumes, but do you know exactly where it is being used? Power monitoring equipment, such as energy meters and submeters, can pinpoint energy consumption, allowing you to easily identify and improve upon areas of inefficiency.

 

Electro Industries has been helping data centers all over the world reduce their energy consumption for over 40 years. Check out this data center case study to learn how our power monitoring equipment can help you save energy, money, and the environment, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Electro Industries Releases Low Voltage Option for the Nexus® 1500plus High-Accuracy Meter in NEMA 1 Type Enclosure


Westbury, NY (Thursday, December 22, 2016) – Electro Industries/GaugeTech (EIG) announced that the Nexus® 1500+ high-accuracy revenue and Class A power quality meter for critical metering applications in a pre-wired NEMA 1 type enclosure assembly is now offered in a low voltage option in addition to the existing options. The (18-60) V DC configuration, supported by an (18-60) V DC power supply, joins the 277/480 V AC and (120-240) V DC configurations, to support telecom applications, utility distribution stations, and other critical needs with lower voltage DC connections.

EIG’s Nexus® 1500+ Meter in Enclosure expands switchgear capability and lets the user easily meter critical circuits without expensive and time-consuming switchboard panel redesign. The meter is pre-wired in the enclosure with shorting blocks and fuses for error-free and quick installation. The enclosure has a locking mechanism to prevent tampering.

For more information, see the product’s webpage at:
https://electroind.com/product-info/nexus1500plus-meter-in-enclosure/

3 Reasons Your Business Should Be Managing Energy Consumption


 

Does your business utilize an energy management system? If not, it should.

An energy management system, or EMS, is a series of computer-aided tools and meters designed to monitor, control, and optimize the energy consumption of your facility. Any business — regardless of size, location, or industry — can benefit from an EMS. Here are three reasons why:

  1. Real-time access to critical data.

The power monitoring equipment available from Electro Industries gives users real-time access to total energy consumption data, as well as a comprehensive breakdown of energy usage by operation. Our instruments even offer power quality monitoring, which can help prevent power outages and the lost revenue associated with them.

  1. Cut operating costs and improve profits.

With real-time data access, it is easy to identify areas of inefficiency within your facility. Once you have determined your weak points, you can work on developing and implementing programs to fix them. This will ultimately lead to lower energy bills and an improved profit margin for your company. Some of our customers have even reported reducing their energy consumption by as much as 20%!

  1. Reduce environmental impact.

When you use less energy, you save more green than what’s in your wallet. Less energy consumption means less emissions, which means a healthier environment. In a day and age where many companies are looking to “go green,” an energy management system can provide a huge step in the right direction. This newfound commitment to the environment can even be used as a selling point when marketing to your shareholders and potential customers.

Electro Industries has been helping businesses around the world save money and energy for the past 40+ years. To learn how our power monitoring equipment can benefit your business, visit our website or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

3 Free Online Resources for Energy Managers


 

Being an energy manager is a tough job, but these three online resources can help make it a little bit easier:

 

ENERGY STAR Resource Library

ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program dedicated to helping people and organizations save money through reduced energy consumption. Their online resource library offers a variety of free tools that energy managers can use to help them implement successful campaigns.

 

BuildingBenchmarks.com

BuildingBenchmarks.com displays data compiled through the DOE’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption survey. This free online tool simplifies the complex report and displays data in an easy-to-read format. Users can enter their zip code, industry, and building square footage and age for more individualized reports.

 

EIA Energy Consumption Reports

The U.S. Energy Information Administration publishes a variety of energy consumption reports. From residential to industrial data, current trends to future projections, you can find it all in their online library.

 

These free resources may offer valuable insight for average energy consumption throughout your industry or state, but for more personalized information, you will need an energy management system.

 

An energy management system, or EMS, utilizes a series of power meters, submeters, and computer software to provide you with real time energy consumption data for your facility. You can use this information to identify areas of inefficiency and work on improving them.

 

Electro Industries has been a worldwide supplier of energy management systems for the past 40+ years. Hundreds of thousands of our power monitoring instruments have been installed across the globe, and are currently helping businesses in a variety of industries save millions of dollars. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

6 Easy Changes to Make Older Buildings More Energy-Efficient


In a world that is constantly striving to “go green”, new buildings are designed from the ground up to be as energy-efficient as possible. Older facilities, however, were likely built with little-to-no consideration for energy usage.

Fortunately, in these buildings there is nowhere to go but up in terms of efficiency. If you operate an older facility, here are some easy changes you can start making today to cut back on energy costs:

Upgrade the insulation.

If your building is poorly insulated, your money could be going out the window – or the roof. A professional energy audit is the best way to determine if your current insulation levels are sufficient.

Install LED light bulbs and motion sensors.

If you are still using incandescent bulbs to light your office, you are missing out on a huge energy-saving opportunity. LED lights consume about 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and equipping them with motion detectors will make them even more efficient.

Cut back on phantom energy.

Most electronic devices constantly draw power from the outlet, even when they are turned off. Encourage your employees to unplug electronics when they are not being used in order to cut back on this “phantom energy” consumption.

Invest in a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats allow you to preset your desired temperature based on different times of the day and days of the week. You can set these devices to automatically use less energy when the building is vacant; such as overnight or on the weekends.

Service your HVAC system.

A little bit of maintenance can go a long way for your heating and cooling system. One tune-up per year is all it takes to lower energy consumption and prevent future breakdowns.

Consider an energy management system.

An energy management system (or EMS) can help you monitor, control, and optimize the energy consumption of your facility. With real time power measuring capabilities, an EMS provides valuable insights as to what operations are responsible for the bulk of your energy consumption. This makes it easy to identify areas of weakness and work on improving them.

Electro Industries has been helping businesses around the world save money and energy for the past 40+ years. To learn how our power monitoring equipment can benefit your business, visit our website or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

Register for Our Free Power Meter Training Session in New Orleans, LA


Pack your bags, Electro Industries is coming to the Big Easy! Shortly after the New Year, we will be heading to New Orleans, Louisiana to provide a comprehensive training session on our Shark and Nexus power meters.

If you want to make the most out of your energy management initiative, it is important that you know your EIG power monitoring equipment inside and out. Who better to teach you than our very own professional training staff?

This two-day course will cover everything you need to know about our power meters, including: setup; configuration; communicating through a variety of protocols; accessing real-time and historical data; building reports; and more.

Details:

When: January 10th – 11th, 2017

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Holiday Inn Downtown – SuperDome

330 Loyola Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70112

Cost: FREE

This seminar is an absolute must-attend for anyone who works with Electro Industries power meters on a regular basis. This includes energy managers, engineers, technicians, and executives.

Some other important things to note:

  • Participants should arrive 30 minutes early both days to sign in and set up.
  • All guests should bring a laptop running Windows Vista or later.
  • Please download and install our Communicator 4.0 EXT software before attending.

For more information, please refer to our online brochure.

Seating is limited, claim your spot while you still can. Click here to register online, or call Regional Manager Jim Poole at 772-621-9641.

Electro Industries has helped businesses save energy and money for more than 40 years. Our Shark and Nexus power meters and installed in thousands of facilities across the globe. To learn how we can help you meet and exceed your energy management goals, give us a call at 866-928-7908.

When it Comes to Energy Management, Set SMART Goals


Setting goals is an underrated and difficult part of an energy manager’s job. Setting the right goals can lead your team to success, but goals which are unrealistic or too complex will only lead to failure and frustration.

The key to setting good goals is setting SMART goals. A SMART goal is:

Simple – When you are setting your energy management goals, remember the acronym K.I.S.S. – keep it simple, silly! A simple goal is easy to understand and communicate with your team, whereas overly-complex goals may lead to confusion and frustration.

Measurable – You should be able to quantify your goal using specific industry metrics. It is not enough to say you want to “get better” at managing your energy consumption. How will you measure this? Identify the specific metrics you want to improve upon, and set a tangible number you want to reach.

Attainable – It is important to find a balance of difficulty when setting your energy management goals. If the goal is too easy, there will be little sense of accomplishment when it is reached. If it is too difficult, you will become frustrated when you fail to meet it. The perfect goal should be challenging, but achievable.

Relevant – The goal should be relevant to your job and organization. Choose a goal that delivers real, tangible value to get everyone on board.

Timely – Time is money! Setting a deadline for your goal creates a sense of urgency; without one, things usually don’t get done. Make sure your deadline is realistically attainable, though. If you have a big goal, break it up into several small steps and set a timeframe for each.

The power monitoring equipment available from Electro Industries can help you set and achieve your SMART energy management goals. Our power meters, submeters, and energy management systems have helped businesses across the world save money and energy for the past 40+ years. Visit our website to learn how we can help you meet and exceed your goals, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.

3 Reasons Your Utility Bill May Be Inaccurate


In the world of business, mistakes happen. Unfortunately, these mistakes could be costing your company hundreds (or thousands) of dollars. One of these mistakes can potentially be found every month on your utility statement.

Many of us blindly pay our energy bills each month; taking a look at how much we owe and cutting the check without questions. But what you may not know is that your bill might not always be 100% accurate. Here are three potential reasons for why you could be overpaying for your utilities:

Reason #1: Meter error.

Utility meters installed at your facility track your energy consumption and supply this information to the utility company. Most of these meters are not checked or maintained after their initial installation, making it easy for problems to go undetected.

Reason #2: Data processing problems.

Even if your meters are accurate, errors may still occur somewhere along the line of communication. Energy meters relay information to the utility company, which then relays this information back to you in the form of a bill. If there is a small mistake in these numbers, your energy supplier may not notice, but your wallet definitely will.

Reason #3: Inaccurate rates.

Electricity rates can vary based on different times of the day, days of the week, seasons in the year, peak demands, and more. With so many variables to take into account, it is easy to see how something could go wrong.

How can you make sure that your utility bills are accurate?

The most reliable way to ensure you are being billed fairly is by investing in an energy management system, or EMS. Using a series of power meters and computer software, an EMS allows you to monitor your facility’s energy consumption in real time. You can then compare your monthly energy bill to your own data to see if it matches up.

Energy management systems are a great way for businesses to reduce energy waste, improve profit margins, and lessen their impact on the environment. To learn more about how an EMS can benefit your business, call Electro Industries at (866) 928-7908.

Why Now is the Best Time to Invest in Energy Management Solutions


There is no time like the present.

This ancient proverb was spoken well before the time of energy management systems, but its message can still apply to the relatively-new technology.

An energy management system, or EMS, is a series of power meters and computer software that allows companies to monitor, control, and optimize their energy consumption. When properly installed and utilized, an EMS can help businesses trim energy waste, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint.

Any business can benefit from an energy management system. In fact, Electro Industries has installed power meters all around the world in factories, hospitals, universities, shopping malls, data centers, government organizations, and more.

If you are thinking about investing in an EMS for your business, there is certainly no time like the present. Here is why now is the best time to get started with your energy management initiative:

  • Winter is coming. With temperatures cooling off across the country, businesses will need to pay up to keep their facilities warm. An energy management system can help you monitor your HVAC system and ensure it is operating at peak efficiency.

  • The new year is just around the corner. With every new year comes New Year’s resolutions. Why not make an effort to save money and the environment? Install your system before the new fiscal year and see just how much you can save!

  • You can’t afford not to. Every penny counts, and an energy management system can help save you 20% or more on your energy expenses. You shouldn’t be asking yourself if you can afford to invest in an energy management system – you should be asking if you can afford not to.

Ready to invest in an energy management system for your business? Pick up the phone and call Electro Industries. We have been a worldwide leader in energy management solutions for more than 40 years, and we would love to help you get starting on achieving your goals. Visit our website to learn more, or call 866-928-7908.

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