The energy consumption of a retailer can represent up to 15% of its operational budget, so any savings in this area can have a significant impact on the bottom line. Further, with today’s growing awareness of environmental issues, implementing energy management systems in supermarkets is a win-win situation. Retailers will be able to control their energy expenses, save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and improve their public image by becoming more eco-friendly.
The energy consumption of a retailers is becoming one of their top concerns. Supermarkets are among the most electricity-intensive types of commercial buildings, and this will likely only grow with customer demands for more fresh-food products and larger variety of frozen-food. Under pressure from low margins, energy savings can weigh heavily into the profit equation:
10% reduction in energy costs can increase net profit by as much as 16%.
The challenge for retailers is to reduce energy and maintenance costs, along with cutting emission to satisfy government regulations. Solution
To achieve a reduction in costs, energy consumption, to prevent breakdown in critical equipment, and to achieve compliance with government regulation on emission, retailers should focus on the big energy consumers and critical equipment within their facility. The biggest electricity users within a supermarket are refrigeration equipment, cooling equipment, and lights, accounting for up to 70 – 80% of total consumption. Refrigeration is usually the biggest consumer, on average using more than 40% of total electricity, and breakdowns can be expensive. Cooling can be using 15% or more of total electricity consumed and lighting is between 10% and 15%.
Measure refrigeration equipment, and HVAC systems to reduce energy cost, emission, and maintenance and to prevent failure at critical times.
Electrical load and its quality is a critical factor for every manufacturing company. Power failure can have significant effects as it can delay delivery and cause damage to machinery.
Government regulations have pushed companies towards action regarding energy efficiency. Manufacturers know that energy and maintenance cost are one of the big factors that affect profitability. Maintenance cost has proved difficult to reduce so far and energy is a factor you need to keep the production going. What can be done?
eTactica energy monitoring system provides you with detailed energy information to help you manage energy consumption, maintenance cost, and to cut emissions. You get detailed, real-time energy data in a format that is simple to understand and easy to use. You can make sure your energy efficiency and maintenance procedures are being followed by identifying errors. The eTactica system allows you to choose between macro and micro measurements. With eTactica you can continuously add to your installation, allowing you to constantly improve your strategy and diagnose the exact source of your inefficiencies.
Measure production lines and machines to prevent failure, to optimize production profitability and to lower maintenance cost.
Measure HVAC systems to optimise configuration in relation to cost and to cut emission.
For restaurants and other food service companies, energy represents 3-8% of their total operating expenses, so gaining visibility into energy consumption can result in stronger margins. In addition, being able to predict equipment failures before they occur has a direct impact on service levels.
Restaurants have some of the greatest energy requirements of any type of commercial buildings. Cooking equipment, coolers and freezers, AC systems and ventilation are all big energy consumers. The challenge is to reduce energy consumption and cost, increase equipment safety and reduce maintenance cost.
eTactica’s energy monitoring system provides you with detailed energy information to help you manage energy consumption, maintenance cost and to cut emission. By having real-time monitoring, you can increase safety of equipment like coolers, freezers and cooking equipment so you can take maintenance actions before they becomes a problem for you. In that way, you can minimize cost due to faulty equipment. Reducing energy consumption and cost does not have to be hard. Configuring appropriate settings on your AC systems, coolers and freezers can save you up to 15% cost of those equipment. At the same time, you cut emission and thereby comply with government regulation.
Measure cooking, cooling and HVAC equipment to prevent failure at critical times, to minimize maintenance cost, as well as to reduce cost, energy consumption, and emissions.
By eliminating energy waste you can focus more on your guest accommodations. With eTactica you can monitor, manage and control your energy usage. The results are increased safety for your guests, increased reliability of your systems, increased energy efficiency and more sustainable operations.
Sustainability and energy efficiency are big topics in the hospitality industry. In the hotel industry, energy consumption accounts for 3 – 6% of the hotel’s operating costs and 60% of its CO2 emissions. The energy consumption is mainly due to temperature control, where approximately 63% goes into heating and hot water, and 6% for air conditioning (Source: REST 2005). Another energy intensive user is the kitchen, counting for approximately 10% of total energy spent. The challenge is to reduce energy consumption and cost and increase energy efficiency to cut emission.
A detailed energy monitoring system that maps the energy consumption is extremely helpful in the fight against energy waste and cost. The first step should be knowing how the big consumers are behaving, like heating, air conditioning and kitchen equipment. In eTactica, it is easy to categorize the consumption and make customized alerts to know when consumption or load is out of normal limits.
Measure kitchen equipment to prevent failure at critical times and to minimize maintenance cost.
Measure HVAC systems to reduce cost, energy consumption and to cut emission.
eTactica’s Shore-Connection Solution (SCS) eliminates work for harbour staff, enables accurate tracking of consumption, and generates overload alerts.
On-vessel production of electricity in harbours causes significant emission in terms of both noise and pollutants. The more environmentally friendly option of a shore connection is therefore receiving interest from local communities, harbour management, and regulators. Traditionally, there have been significant challenges with making shore connections, discouraging their use:
Cost: connections are frequently made manually by harbour staff at significant cost to both harbour and vessel owners. Further, poor measurement of energy use means that not all consumption can be invoiced, generating a loss.
Safety: overloads occur frequently both on individual connections and in the mains that feed individual peers. Such overloads can cause damages on-vessel and on-shore. Typically, no alerts are available that could mitigate this occurrence.
eTactica’s SCS is a energy monitoring, control, and communications system that streamlines the connection and invoicing process. Once a vessel has berthed, on-board staff identifies the ship via RFID or SMS. The SCS then automatically opens up the connection and monitors the load and energy consumption. Once on-board staff indicate departure, the SCS sends a report on the consumption during the connection time. This process eliminates the need for manual intervention by harbour staff, enables accurate tracking of consumption, and generates overload alerts to both harbour and vessel when required, encouraging the increasing use of shore connections over on-vessel power production.
Deregulation of the electricity market has changed the business from distribution to competition. But how do suppliers of electricity compete? One practical approach to marketing electricity is to help customers utilize the electricity more efficiently.
The energy retailer and its customer can work together to optimize the electrical system and its operation. This creates a bond that clearly demonstrates the added value of the energy company to the customer.
However, for the information to be useful, it must be granular down to branch level and on-line accessible in visual form.
eTactica offers a complete system to fulfill that need. It gives the users a clear and detailed overview of their electrical consumption and their opportunities for improvement. Furthermore, it enables the energy retailer to advice the user on how to save energy and prevent failures. This creates a communication platform between the energy retailer and its customers, which also enables the application of incentive programs and targeted offers.