Energy Management System gives retailers a possibility to measure, analyze, and manage the energy consumption of various facility types and particular on-premise energy units to save their wallets.

Have you ever thought about how much energy is wasted when you forget to turn off the light for a long time?

If you leave the light on in your flat, you can come to it quickly. This isn't a big deal unless you're going to be away for the next several months. But what if the lights go unnoticed somewhere far away at your suburban warehouse? You’ve searched for the lowest rent so neatly, but somehow you see that building at the top of your annual spending. You can be sure, these greedy light bulbs will easily burn out the lion's share of your budget.

In the US, 657,000 retail buildings consume $20 billion in energy a year

A modest budget may not always cover an expensive upgrade of premises for high-tech energy saving properties. Besides, you cannot close a store for a long time, not to lose customers. You need to manage what you cannot change. Introducing energy management solutions, retailers can reduce energy consumption by $3 billion a year nationwide.

  • infographic-img $ 20 billion per year energy costs
  • infographic-img Average 15% energy savings
  • infographic-img $3 billion in savings

Where all money goes?

There are two distinct categories of retailers – food and non-food. These two groups have different consumption needs and patterns. Food retailers spend more on refrigeration of goods, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) of premises. Non-food spendings mainly go on lighting and HVAC. These three categories are the main targets to address with energy saving strategy.

Avarage food retailer load profile

  • 12% Other
  • 48% Refrigeration
  • 20% Lighting
  • 20% HVAC

Avarage non-food retailer load profile

  • 10% Other
  • 50% Lighting
  • 40% HVAC

How do retailers get to know what consumes the most energy?

The standard utility meters do not provide more than one total record of consumed energy for the whole month. A smart utility meter connected to the cloud can recognize particular unit with a high consumption rate. These meters could be advanced with energy monitors to visualize live usage and become a launchpad for saving strategy.

You will be able to see data
in nearly real-time within
half-hourly interval via the app

This app uses cloud performing capacity to collect and operate 48 measures a day. Let’s take ten stores with three smart utility meters for lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration, and we’ll end up with 1440 records a day. This big data volume is enough to digitalize energy and make it countable with correlation on other factors as time, place, and cost.

Big Data on guard of retailers’ wallets

Big data approach in energy management gives retailers a clear look at not so obvious sources of increased consumption as the forgotten light. The hidden source could be a chronic equipment inefficiency, isolation problems, or long time of increased load.

Cloud-based solutions equipped
with data from connected meters
enable distanced control of

For example, the app can switch on the refrigerator at night time automatically when the hourly rate for electricity is lower. At the morning, the refrigerator could be switched off. During the day, smart meters record temperature continuously. The refrigerator will be kept off if the accumulated during the night frost is enough for goods storage and shelf life. It would be possible to turn it again only when the temperature starts rising.

For showrooms and malls, the meters can record inside facility temperature and correlate it with outside weather to optimize HVAC for the saving mode. As for the indoor light, it could be optimized based on the day time and sun rays coverage. At the end of the month, you surely would recognize the difference between energy consumption bills. If you don’t, the system will do it for you. You get spendings gathered and compared to allocate sufficient budget for each consumption category. Moreover, you’ll be able to count your budget previously and enter the limits for usage of energy depending on allocated costs.

If you are familiar with all the hardships of a sustainable energy management and interested in the solutions, you’re welcome to explore our related projects. In case you want to share your thoughts, experiences, and challenges personally, please contact us and you’ll get a comprehensive look at any issue.