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What is energy monitoring?

Energy monitoring is the process of measuring energy consumption for the whole or part of a facilities incoming power. By measuring the incoming energy means granular consumption can be understood too, from energy sub-sets to individual assets.

Monitoring power consumption and having the ability to analyse trend data over long periods of time means efficiency gains or losses can be accurately identified.

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Spook monitors our energy consumption by collecting metrics from our various Schneider PowerLogic PM800 series power meters installed across our data centre estate.

We now accurately measure the power consumption per phase in real-time ranging from Amps, kW, kWh and other important power metrics.

We can create Spook Smart Sensors to aggregate usage where necessary in order to help us ensure energy security, pro-active load-balancing and to apply power efficiency calculations in-line with our sustainability policy KPI's.

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Peak load

Utility companies typically measure power as the average demand over 15 minutes. This is done by adding up the energy consumed and then dividing by the interval of time, giving units of power, kW.

The highest average 15 minute period of demand over a month is known as peak demand. Spook smart sensors can automate the whole process and present this in real-time and in auto daily, weekly or monthly reports.

Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance directly traces an asset's health, status, and performance in real time.

By monitoring an assets on-demand operating conditions can reduce unexpected breakdowns and presents the opportunity to plan maintenance around a production schedule.

Asset optimisation

Asset optimisation measures key equipment operating metrics. It helps to improve efficiency and reduce downtime. Operating margins are maximised by reducing the susceptibility for unplanned outages and helps to ensure the longevity of an assets life.

Labour costs associated with repairs or replacing high value assets are costly. Understanding when to plan a maintenance program on expensive assets can extend their lifecycle by up to 40% and improve productivity by up to 20%.

Anomaly detection

By monitoring energy consumption down to asset level means any operating anomalies are rapidly identified, from efficiency degradation to catastrophic outages.

By understanding these anomalies gives organisations valuable thinking and reaction time to events that, if left unnoticed, could cause operational downtime.


Can energy monitoring reduce consumption?

The opportunity of reducing energy consumption by measuring it and understanding how a facilities energy interdependencies work only comes with understanding granular energy trend data.

For example, monitoring a building’s energy consumption could highlight inefficiencies such as excessively heating a vacant area, constantly providing lighting and other power hungry activities such as cooling and ventilation.

Commercial buildings are typically noted for their energy inefficiency. Offices usually have open spaces that require a lot of heating to fill the space alongside an excessive amount of lighting. When you consider that the CO2 impact of electricity consumption is 2.5 times greater than that of natural gas exasperates the situation.

Energy monitoring through meters

Is energy monitoring important?

Energy monitoring is important as it is the process of making energy consumption efficient, from buildings or campuses to individual assets across the facility such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and air conditioning) and more.

Energy monitoring is vital in helping to control and conserve energy now and in the future. Energy inefficiencies can be identified enabling organisations time to implement changes to reduce energy consumption and as a consequence increase cost savings.

Granular monitoring

Energy bills are simply broken down to usage and cost over a given period of time. However, there is typically no analysis available to identify where sub-sets of the usage occur. Therefore, it doesn’t provide energy managers with the appropriate information they need to make data-driven decisions.

The Carbon Trust suggest that approximately 20% of all business related energy costs are wasted through inefficient equipment. Therefore, by monitoring energy consumption down to asset level means an equipment’s performance and energy output can be identified and alerts can be generated when these become less efficient.

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Real time monitoring

Energy monitoring only becomes effective when it is conducted in real-time. Labour costs associated with staff taking regular measurements throughout the day can be totally eliminated.

When assets fail, instant alarms can be sent to remedy the situation before excessive amounts of energy is wasted.

In addition, the continuous monitoring and analysis of equipment data means predictive maintenance can take place, so assets can continue to operate efficiently at all times with fewer failures.

Peaks and troughs

Real-time energy monitoring makes it easier to identify trends such as energy peaks and nadirs.

By reviewing energy trends over the course of a given time period presents the best options to reduce consumption and possible re-scheduling options in order to minimise usage.

Spook's real-time energy monitoring is completely scaleable, meaning monitoring single buildings or an entire estate of facilities can be achieved in an enterprise centric solution.

Maximising energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is extremely beneficial in helping to reduce the cost of the bottom line or limiting an organisations impact on the environment.

The cost of providing energy across all sectors is increasing at an eye watering level. This is caused by our over-reliance on fossil fuels, the return to pre-Covid levels of energy consumption and energy insecurity.

Obviously operating more efficiently reduces energy consumption, meaning significant savings can be achieved on utility bills. For example, by applying effective energy management to an industrial or commercial building presents the potential to save thousands each year.

According to the Department of Energy & Climate Change, the average SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) could reduce its energy bills by up to 25% by installing energy efficiency measures which could achieve an average payback of less than 1.5 years.

Benefits of energy monitoring

Energy monitoring involves implementing a systematic and proactive approach to energy efficiency that is driven by understanding the collected data.

Ultimately, good energy monitoring is the key to conserving energy and saving money.

Reduce carbon footprints

When implementing changes from proactive energy monitoring means reducing consumption is very achievable and as a consequence carbon emissions are also reduced. This is a key factor in helping organisations reach their sustainable policy goals.

Government initiatives

With increases in energy prices predicted to rise by more than 50% in the next 5 years and the government introducing carbon reduction goals, many organisations are prioritising energy efficiency projects.

The Government is also providing grants for SME's with funding worth almost £5 billion* to help UK businesses become greener as part of the government's commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

*Information correct as of February 2022.

OmniWatch key features

Cloud based

OmniWatch is cloud based and is accessed via any internet enabled device.

3-tier alarms

Alarms are handled using Spook's unique 3-tier alarm escalation process.

Digital dashboards

OmniWatch dashboards are designed to provide user instant and easy access to their monitored locations.

Scaleable installations

Totally scaleable from a handful of sensors to a global solution monitoring 1000s of devices.

Trend analysis

Data readings are held in perpetuity; providing accurate historical trend analysis.

Automated reporting

Comprehensive reports can be scheduled to be auto emailed daily, weekly and monthly.

Support for new monitoring customers

New to monitoring

We help organisations start monitoring projects from scratch. We have a wealth of experience that is free and helpful in creating an informed approach to monitoring.

We are also resellers to industry leading sensor and equipment manufacturers and can recommend the most appropriate hardware and sensors to fit any size monitoring project.

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We had been considering monitoring for a while but did not have the resource or the knowledge to fully understand how to go about doing things. When we Googled the various areas of interest we got more confused.

We approached Spook as they have a different outlook to simply buying hardware and sensors. Thankfully we now have a fully installed, joined up monitoring solution.

VAX
Support for customers with existing monitoring

Supplement existing monitoring

Many of our customers have tried monitoring themselves.

This ranges from institutions that rely on equipment onboard data loggers and communications cards; to organisations that have started monitoring projects but need help to extend monitoring to new areas and/or implement a central monitoring solution.

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We needed a remote monitoring service that did not require an on premise PC and was independent of our network.

Spook provided pre-configured cellular routers for each of our five locations across the UK. The whole project was a simple plug-and-play solution with no involvement from us.

NHS Business Services Authority
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We had been considering monitoring for a while but did not have the resource or the knowledge to fully understand how to go about doing things. When we Googled the various areas of interest we got more confused.

We approached Spook as they have a different outlook to simply buying hardware and sensors. Thankfully we now have a fully installed, joined up monitoring solution.

VAX
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We needed a remote monitoring service that did not require an on premise PC and was independent of our network.

Spook provided pre-configured cellular routers for each of our five locations across the UK. The whole project was a simple plug-and-play solution with no involvement from us.

NHS Business Services Authority

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P&O Ferrymasters
Reed
St Albans
Thermo Fisher
Vax
Waterstones
  • 888
  • Generali
  • Creative Assembly
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Fiskars
  • Friends Provident
  • Greene King
  • Handelsbanken
  • Hilti
  • Muller
  • NHS
  • Nisa
  • P&O Ferrymasters
  • Reed
  • St Albans
  • Thermo Fisher
  • Vax
  • Waterstones

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Please contact us if you wish for further information on how Spook can help with your air quality and CO2 monitoring needs.

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Resources

Carbon Trust

Accelerate the mission to Net Zero

Department of Energy & Climate Change

SME guide to energy efficiency

Gov.uk

Find funding to help your business become greener