Effective Energy ManagementWhy just Monitor Energy – When you can Control it?

45-75% of commercial equipment is controllable, which includes HVAC, refrigeration, and lighting systems. The only proven way to reduce energy consumption is by controlling critical equipment through automation and effective scheduling. But that is not all, the equipment needs to be running efficiently as well.

How do you know if your equipment is running efficiently? How do you know if you truly are reducing energy consumption? DATA. Continual review of operational data will show users when equipment is running longer than it should, indicating maintenance needs or human behavior adjustments.

Energy management isn’t about comparing your year-over-year electric bill; there are too many factors like weather, customers, equipment maintenance, and operational behavior. Effective energy management reduces consumption by maximizing equipment efficiency, and human behavior, and having the data to continually inspect operations and  improve equipment performance.

Features of the Small Box Energy’s chameleon platform that provide proven energy reduction includes:

Adaptive controls learn your refrigeration equipment – number of defrost cycles reduced by more than 70%, heating strip temperature reduced, and fan utilization improved to reduce energy usage by up to 40%.
Automates HVAC control – temperature settings change automatically per a preset schedule.
Reduces HVAC run time – intelligent controls, schedules, and optimized set points assure equipment only runs when desired.
Eliminates ‘too hot’ and ‘too cold’ settings – temperatures set to recommended and approved settings.
Reduces impact of human behavior – thermostats limited to ±2 degrees and can be password protected to prevent employees from setting temperatures for personal comfort. Lights turn themselves on and off automatically eliminating employee oversights.
Automates lighting control – lights operate from a user-defined schedule,  or for outside lighting, they coincide with sunrise and sunset.
The system never forgets – thermostats and lights reset automatically to prescribed settings and schedules when manually overridden.
Educates employees about energy consumption – energy usage and costs shown for today, yesterday, and the  7-day average in real-time, providing daily peak demand.