Large com­pany saves with bet­ter in­for­ma­tion

Sunday Star-Times - - BUSINESS NEWS - JONATHAN POOCH Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor

Know you can make en­ergy sav­ings but don’t know where to start? Com­pa­nies like DETA Con­sult­ing can help. They started with an with an en­ergy au­dit to work out how and where en­ergy was be­ing used. “An au­dit gath­ers ro­bust in­for­ma­tion on how en­ergy is be­ing used through­out the plant so we can see op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove and help staff make bet­ter day-to-day de­ci­sions,” says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jonathan Pooch. Rather than wait­ing for monthly in­voices, DETA pro­vided the com­pany with real time en­ergy in­for­ma­tion from an on­line me­ter­ing sys­tem so in­ef­fi­cien­cies could be cor­rected straight away. Re­port­ing in­cluded a high level in­ter­pre­ta­tion that any staff mem­ber could un­der­stand. “Kilowatt hours are very hard for an av­er­age per­son – you can’t see or feel them.

We trans­late tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion into tan­gi­bles, such as how many bar­rels of hot wa­ter you saved or how many cars we took off the road,” says Jonathan. “Then peo­ple can see the ben­e­fits of their de­ci­sions, such as switch­ing off equip­ment at night saved five houses-worth of power. That’s worth the ef­fort.” He ex­pects to save large in­dus­trial sites 5 per­cent of their en­ergy bills. “Ten per­cent is a good tar­get.” He’s seen 50 per­cent sav­ings in some large com­mer­cial build­ings.

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