Energy savings hindered by lack of accurate monitoring tools, research reveals

A large number of a facilities and energy managers, while quite enthusiastic about the idea of cutting consumption, still feel hindered by the lack of tools to accurately monitor their energy usage, recent survey by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) suggests.

Figures obtained from this report suggest that 90% of all energy managers are well aware of their yearly energy costs, but just around 50% of them knew just how well the buildings performed compared to their design.

Furthermore, close to 30% of managers hadn’t considered comparing the buildings’ performance over an extensive period of time, while another 60% still relied on monthly consumption in order to monitor and manage energy expenditure.

Nevertheless, 40% of respondents admitted that they’re actively using a Building Energy Management system in order to oversee costs, while 50% of energy managers answering the poll cited “technology” as the most important factor in improving the use of energy.

Kerry Mashford, CEO of NEF said: “FM professionals are uniquely placed to tackle the gap between predicted and actual energy performance in buildings but are constrained by a lack of access to the scope and quality of data they need.

“This barrier persists, hampering both comparison over time and external benchmarking initiatives”.

As part of our pledge to develop products that save users a considerable amount of time and money, HeatingSave (a Tensor plc company) has developed an advanced Building Energy Management System, capable of both providing real-time, accurate data related to energy consumption across a building and in the same time offering users the possibility to accurately control their heating and lighting systems.

HeatingSave is approved to work and save fuel by the Carbon Trust, The Department of Energy & Climate Change, the Energy Savings Trust and it is OfGem CERT approved.

If you’d like to find out more about the energy monitoring and management solutions developed by Tensor Systems and HeatingSave, just contact us or Book a Demo, our representatives will be more than happy to answer all of your questions and queries.

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