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Energy Monitoring and Targeting

Having already established your typical daily and monthly energy consumptions through our site level energy services highlighted in our reporting section.  The next course of action is take a look at your building level energy reporting and how you can measure and control everything within your business.

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This can help establish areas that you are wasting energy or help to put you back in control of how energy is used within the business.

In simple terms our site level reporting captures and measures all energy used up to the front door, and our building level reporting captures, measures and even controls energy within the building.Catalyst Energy aM&T

But the most significant thing about our site level energy reporting is that it is in real time and covers electricity, gas, water and any other form of energy that you would like to manage and control.

This is extremely powerful, as most if not all site level reporting through a standard half hour meter or smart meter is at best day plus one. 

This is widely regarded as the industry standard and something the the regulator Ofgem endorses.  but its not uncommon for companies to only have access to weekly or in some cases monthly data.

Building Level Reporting Solutions

Our solution is modular based and allows for the initial integration of your building level data supplied either from a smart meter or a half hourly meter.  From this base level you can now start to look at where your energy is going beyond the meter and start to implement solutions to manage and control your energy costs and consumption levels.

Building Level Reporting

Starting with your building level data we can integrate real time statistics to enhance your reporting.

  • Then add additional energy management tools as you need them.
  • Measure and control your servers and PC network.
  • Add peripheral equipment such as printers, fax machines, photocopiers, scanners
  • Socket level requirements, no problem , we can give you reporting and control down to individual socket level, so you can include individual pieces of equipment, such as vending machines, machinery, equipment, fridges, chillers.
  • Include internal or external lighting down to room level if required.
  • Multilevel energy dashboards to assist with staff engagement or customer engagement.
  • Enhanced real time energy reporting dashboards, ideal for use in reception areas.
  • Display energy use in £, kWh or carbon.
  • Display the real time true cost of your energy, and compare this against previous days, weeks or months.
  • Covers electricity, gas and water real time energy reporting.

PC Power Management

How to manage your PC Power Management for effective power control is a major problem that business face in light of rising energy costs.  Because we are so reliant on computers for business purposes, most companies have a habit of leaving the computers on outside of office hours to avoid lengthy boot up times, or to allow staff to access their work desktop remotely out side of office hours.

Energy Monitoring and Targeting

But have you ever considered that the actual time the computer is in use is only a fraction of the working week.  One simple way to save money and reduce green house gas emissions is through proper energy management of your office computers.

Computers are a vital part of every office’s operations.  The typical office has at least one PC per employee.  Often these computers are left on far longer than they need to, using energy and costing you money.

Research has shown that desktop computers are the single biggest users of electricity in any office – and that 30% to 60% of this energy is wasted.  Both Windows and Mac PCs have power saving modes which you can easily use to set your computers to go to “sleep” after a specified amount of idle time and did you know you can also set your computer to turn off completely.  

Simply look on your computers help system for detailed instructions on how to set this up, and it is actually quite simple.

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Easy & Simple PC Power Management

Many people still believe that the start-up of PCs in the morning uses more energy than is saved by shutting down every night, but simply isn’t true.  The energy saved by having a PC off for 12 to 16 hours every evening (plus weekends)  far outstrips the energy used during start-up.  1x1.trans PC Power Management

If you cannot educate your staff to switch off their PC’s when not in use, or have a large bank of computes where this just isn’t practical, we still have a solution for you.  If your system is networked to a central server, you can actually automate the process through our power management software.

This type of PC Power Management software can be configured to enforce power saving settings across your entire network.   Then capture and record the amount of energy saved, and the true cost of running your IT equipment, and all in real time.

Imagine being able to see the cost savings immediately and in real time, as your network powers it self down to conserve energy and reduce your energy bills.  From a central server location and using our modular networked software you can set the energy policy for each computer in your organisation.

Consider the saving potential to your business with these recent two client examples.

  • Client 1: One of our customers has recently reduced energy consumption on its computers by an average of 44% since it started using our PC power management software.
  • Client 2:  Another customer has cut its PC-related greenhouse gas emissions by 65% and saved about £1 million on electricity costs over the last 2-years by installing networked PC power management software to manage 44,000 desktop PCs.

PC Power Management Power Demand

Our PC power management software automatically shuts down PCs and peripherals (monitors etc) according to a daily schedule set by your network administrator; this saves your electricity, your money and helps reduce and control your companies carbon footprint.  Our PC power management software consists of two elements a server part and a client based software to schedule the computers to power down each day.

In addition to this there is an additional modular element for our PC power management solution that  is hardware based and  this senses when a computer has powered down and switches off power to any connected peripherals such as monitors, speakers, printers or routers.  1x1.trans PC Power Management

Once powered down, computers use next to no electricity, cutting electricity bills dramatically and reducing levels of harmful carbon emissions associated with generating electricity.

Networked computers are identified by the PC Power Management server software; once identified, individual machines are allocated to user created groups. Each group can then have a power down and power up schedule attached to it.

Typically, power down is scheduled for shortly after the end of the normal work day. When powered down, all computers draw minimal power – all monitors, printers, scanners, speakers and USB peripherals are switched off at the same time.  At a time you choose before the start of the day, the computers are reactivated and power is returned to the peripherals.   Users simply log on to return their workstation to the state they left it in at the end of the previous day.

In addition to the daily schedule of morning and evening, Open Windows can be set for each group. An Open Window is created to allow for network administration tasks, updates, polling data, etc. The Open Windows can be scheduled to take place regularly (e.g. every Friday from 02:00 hours ’til 04:00 hours) or as a one-off event.

PC Power Management Savings

With the new always-available culture, ‘instant’ this and ‘always-on’ that, we have a load of gizmos and gadgets at home and at work and we seem to have forgotten how to use the ‘off’ button.

Computers and computer peripherals are some of the biggest offenders being left on in homes, offices and schools all day and night.  With a typical mid-range office workstation comprising of a PC and a monitor, uses 200 Watts of electricity when switched on.  According to research conducted by the computer manufacturer, DELL, over 90% of corporate PC’s are left on all the time.

The Facts:

To put that into an everyday context, a diesel Peugeot 1.6 car driven 10,000 miles in a year emits 2.2 tonnes of CO2 and leaving four computers switched on when not needed results in the same level of CO2 emissions.

  • Gartner – The world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, announced in April 2007 that ICT is responsible for 2% of the world’s emissions of the principle greenhouse gas, CO2 – roughly equivalent to that of the airline industry. Further, 40% of those emissions come from PCs and monitors.
  • WWF – According to WWF, unless we stop average global temperatures from rising more than 2°C above the level recorded in pre-industrial times, we face a high risk of severe and irreversible changes in the planet’s natural systems.
  • Problem – The consequences of changing weather patterns, warming seas and melting ice will be devastating for people and nature. To stay below 2°C, global greenhouse gas emissions must peak within the next 10 years and then fall by at least 80% by 2050.

The pattern is repeated in schools and public sector organisations throughout the UK and leaving a single PC consuming 200W on all the time consumes nearly £200 of electricity a year and this equates to half a tonne of CO2 emissions.

If you only needed a 200W business computer 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, switching it off for the other 118 hours a week would save you around £135 a year and reduce CO2 emissions by half a tonne, and that’s for each computer.

The best solution would be to switch equipment off when not needed, the problem is that most people don’t.  There are many reasons why equipment is not switched off, including lack of knowledge, lack of awareness and lack of accountability to name but a few.

In the mid to longer term, education, incentive, disciplinary action or a combination of all three may lead to an attitude shift, but in the meantime however, our PC power management offers a technological solution to an old problem.  We will automatically power down computers and peripherals when not needed, to eliminate wasted electricity consumption and associated emissions.  Please contact us for further information on our PC Power Management solutions.

Power Control Equipment

An additional module to our PC power management solution is the introduction of peripheral energy management with our Power Control Equipment module.  If you review a typical business environment you will find electrical equipment left on all hours of the day, when it may only be required for a fraction of the time.  1x1.trans Power Control Equipment

For example in an office environment your find photocopiers, fax machines, printers, scanners and even mobile phone chargers plugged in using energy 24-hours of the day.

In other more energy intensive environments this problem can be scaled up to include larger electrical equipment and machinery such as vending machines, large scale lighting and air conditioning control.

Our solution is modular based and is retrofitted into your existing equipment that you would like to manage and control.  For example we are able to capture the amount of energy used down to individual socket level if required.  This provides extremely powerful information on the amount of energy used, the cost over any given period of time, and you can then set your own control settings to manage and control the cost of energy.  All of this can be done in real time from your own web based dashboard allowing you understand where energy is used, how to save it and the return on investment of any new energy saving ideas.

Power Control Equipment Summary

Measure, control and switch any thing that requires power in your business.

  • Presents energy data in carbon, power and cost in real time
  • Set your own time based policies on everything
  • Real-time dashboards that present energy data in an easy to understand format for your staff, customers and stakeholders
  • One of the most powerful energy dashboards available on the market today
  • Power control equipment remotely
  • Energy alerts to support energy efficiency initiatives and spot issues e.g. water leaks, overloads, loss of power

Power Control Equipment

This is one of the most cost effective and powerful energy management solutions available on the market today and it has so many unique aspects to it that its difficult to compare this to any other solution currently available.

Energy Dashboard

The third and final element to our modular based energy management solution is the ability to provide your business with energy dashboards.  So where ever you decide to capture your energy consumption from, such as just the companies computers or a vending machine.

  • You are able to view from a huge library of reports  all designed to help you administer energy management and help lower your carbon emissions.
  • Easily set up multi user access and report by different levels in the organisation from site, cost centre, department and users.
  • Set your own energy targets to measure performance and include a set of energy alerts for both over and under consumption to measure leaks, overloads, potential failures or power outages.
  • Real time reports to include your energy data in carbon, power and cost.
  • Automate your energy reports to simplify your reporting process.
  • Our energy dashboard software is also versatile.

Reception Energy Dashboards

Engage staff and customers further into your efforts to manage and control your business environmental impact with an energy dashboard.  Designed to be displayed in foyers and receptions areas or through any web browser throughout your business.

  • Real-time dashboards that present energy data in an easy to understand format for your staff, customers and stakeholders.
  • The dashboard presents multiple level views on energy use from the main utility meter down to individual users and equipment.
  • Divide areas of your business in to various cost centers.
  • Identify energy champions who are responsible for there own cost centers.

Real-time Energy Dashboards

Our energy dashboard solutions display your on site energy consumption in real time, and allow you to build your own reports based on your required criteria.  Micro focus your efforts on individual pieces of hardware or equipment to truly identify your key business operating costs.  An energy dashboard is an essential tool in controlling and managing your energy cost and lower your businesses carbon emissions.