This is the first thing you see when you log in to the EnergyCenter. It provides a quick summary of the status of your energy accounting database. Use the menu system on the left to navigate the EnergyCenter web interface.
The EnergyCenter allows you to track usage and cost in all major categories for both energy and non-energy utility services.
EnergyCenter allows you to group your facilities for reporting purposes. For example, a school district might want statistics by school type: Elementary, Middle, and High School. There is no limit to the number groups you can create.
A core component of the EnergyCenter database is the information that describes each of your organization's facilities. Key metrics such as weather data and floor area are critical in accurately measuring and assessing energy usage and efficiency.
To support the collection and analysis of invoice data, the EnergyCenter database contains a record for each of your organization's utility vendors.
The database also contains a record for all of the utility accounts and meters that are assigned to your organization's facilities.
The raw materials for most of the EnergyCenter's reports and graphs come from your organization's utility bills. The screen mirrors the format of a typical utility bill. It has been carefully refined and optimized to that every keystroke counts. Data entry is fast, accurate and 'mouse-free'.
You can optionally use the Utility Bill Batches function to enter invoices into data entry batches. Batch control totals help to ensure accuracy, and processing invoices in batches allows you to track historical data entry activity.
If your utility vendors are able to provide data electronically, you can use the Utility Bill Import feature to automate data entry. It's easy to create your own import definitions to match the requirements of file types and formats that can vary from one vendor to another.
ENERGY STAR support is one of several key features that distinguish the EnergyCenter from most other traditional energy accounting systems. The software is fully compatible and integrated with the ENERGY STAR program. The EPA's Portfolio Manager database effectively becomes an extension of your EnergyCenter database, so you don't have to worry about staying "in sync."
The EnergyCenter includes a set of features called "Savings Actions." These functions extend well beyond traditional energy accounting and include tools to help manage your energy conservation program and generate savings. The Facility Walkthrough and Facility Action Plan, for example, allow you easily identify and document opportunities to reduce energy waste and improve efficiency at each of your facilities.
Use the Checklists function to actively engage building occupants in conservation activities and energy-efficient behaviors. Checklists can be applied to the routine daily operation of a facility, or to prepare for special events like summer vacations or holidays.
Efficiency Measures, another item in the Savings Actions category, provides you with a mechanism to track the details of all your energy-related projects, including equipment retrofits, operation and maintenance improvements, and even programs that target the behavior of building occupants.
The EnergyCenter’s Avoided Cost feature is based on the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP), a widely accepted standard that energy service companies, engineers and utility companies use to measure savings. Using multivariate regression analysis, the EnergyCenter can account not only for the effects of weather on energy consumption, but also the simultaneous effect of other variables such as number of student days, building occupants, or widgets produced.
The EnergyCenter's optional Interval Data feature provides daily profiles of electricity use in a convenient and easy-to-understand format. To help monitor and evaluate the performance of your facilities, the profile for the current period is compared to the same period of the previous year. Energy and cost savings are calculated based on the difference between the two periods.
IDR graphs also include a target base load line which represents the maximum demand for energy when the facility is at rest during unoccupied hours. This feature makes it easy to spot problems related to building shutdown or the automated scheduling of HVAC systems. As illustrated in the sample graph below, you can also choose to include weather data in the display.
You can view the data in 15-minute, hourly, or daily intervals for the time period of your choice: day, week, month, or custom date range. Click the right or left arrow buttons beneath the graph to move quickly from one period to the next.
The Report option provides access to the data in a tabular format that is easy to use understand. As with all EnergyCenter reports and graphs, you can easily export the data in a variety of popular formats, including PDF, Excel and Word.
The Meter Aggregation function allows you to review the combined profiles of multiple meters on a single graph. You can select specific meters, facilities, or facility groups. The graph in the example represents the combined profiles of all of the schools in the Traditional Education group. The red Target Base Load line represents the combined target base loads of all of the meters.
Use the Meter Comparison function to display individual profiles for up to 5 meters or facilities on a single graph. Each meter is represented by its own line, making it easy to compare daily, weekly, or monthly energy use patterns between multiple meters or facilities.
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