IoT, the Internet of Things, smart monitoring, smart technology.
There are endless ways to describe the technology, but even more ways in which smart monitoring is enabling greater energy efficiency across various industries.
Devices such as smart sensors themselves won’t directly improve your energy efficiency, but the data provided can offer insight into trends, failures and anomalies that impact the energy efficiency of a building.
The Internet of Thing smart sensors can allow users to receive and monitor data in real time, to better understand their surroundings or the facilities for which they’re responsible for.
Some of these monitoring capabilities include temperatures, humidity levels, leak detection, CO2 and energy usage.
One of the leading causes of energy efficiency is poor insulation. Poor insulation often results in lower indoor temperatures and can impact negatively on the conditions of buildings.
IoT sensors or smart monitoring devices can be installed to monitor temperatures and gather data that will give a better understanding of the efficiency of the insulation.
The data provided by the sensors can then identify areas where insulation quality requires improvement in order to maintain and increase energy efficiency.
Other elements that can hinder energy efficiency, particularly within manufacturing businesses and industry 4.0, is the quality and age of equipment.
Mechanical equipment can often have faults that prevent maximum performance, or eventually complete failure.
Smart monitoring devices can be installed within manufacturing settings, in order to provide data insights that can predict failures that may be slowing machinery and therefore production down.
The environmental factors as discussed can be key indicators of energy efficiency, however the most common and popular use of smart monitoring technology, is to monitor and keep track of energy usage/consumption.
In large scale or multi-site businesses, the information and data delivered by smart sensors can be used to evaluate what areas of the business are haemorrhaging energy and where there might be an underlying cause of the excessive energy usage or lack of energy efficiency.
In order to take control of your energy costs along with achieving your sustainability goals, energy efficiency is a key aspect within your business that you need to truly understand.
A better understanding can be achieved with the help of smart monitoring, IoT technology and the right software platform to measure and understand the data surrounding your business.
Find out more about how our IoT solutions can help you increase your energy efficiency and save costs across the business.
Find out how we helped Greggs to reduce their energy costs here.