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Guide to Connecting Energy Management, HVAC Systems and Process Controls for Commercial Properties

June 12th, 2022

Last updated: October 12th, 2022

Commercial energy management is a hot topic at the moment, with energy prices soaring and many businesses turning to systems to control the energy usage in their commercial properties.

The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that, on average, 30% of all energy used per commercial building is wasted, usually because of systems that are outdated and inefficient.

Virtually every business has to think about some sort of energy consumption, whether it is the heating, air conditioning, or electricity bills for their premises. Connecting energy management systems and process controls can be one way to keep bills down.

Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS)

Building Energy Management Systems are one way to control the energy usage in your building, from HVAC systems to electronic devices.

These systems are becoming more common, and though they are available on a large scale for business use, there are also systems that are suitable for smaller buildings, much like the smart home apps many people are using in their homes.

BEMS systems can save between 10-25% in energy usage and therefore reduce bills, but they need to be properly designed and maintained. They need a simple user interface and a method of controlling all of the different electrical systems within a business. The systems may use sensors, thermostats and more to ensure that they are only using the energy necessary.

Process Control Systems

Process control systems can also help to ensure efficient operation and are often used in commercial buildings such as factories to monitor the processes, maintain yield and efficiency, and make sure that everything is running smoothly within a system.

These can also help you to ensure that minimal energy gets wasted, even within demanding industrial scenarios.

Managing Your Energy Use

For environmental and financial reasons, it is becoming even more crucial to manage your energy use.

An energy management system can provide you with a bespoke method of managing a commercial building, whether you run an office, a factory, or any other kind of premises.

As well as full BEMS systems, you can also make use of modern technology and efficiency. For instance, a Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) Air Conditioning System can help you to only heat and cool the rooms you need to, saving on energy usage.

For more guidance on methods of managing your energy usage, contact us today for all planned, reactive maintenance or emergency call outs. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.

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