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Energy management systems include the software and hardware required to reduce the cost of energy over the long term. This could include a dedicated piece of equipment that analyzes incoming information, a web of connected sensors that monitor energy consumption and connected devices that optimize power usage. The overall goal revolves around energy conservation to improve the bottom line. Discover how energy management systems can assist with energy-saving protocols.
Power Conditioning Unit
The core of an energy management system is essentially the power conditioning unit. A critical component of your home automation system , this web-enabled device monitors power distribution, turns outlets on and off, and displays real-time data. This equipment also helps prevent surges that can destroy sensitive equipment. Data analysis tools point to even more ways to save energy. With web connectivity, you can monitor power levels from your smartphone, laptop or mobile device while employing analysis software to develop energy-saving strategies.
Sync your power conditioning unit to home automation devices that work well in an office environment. Smart outlets turn devices on or off at specific times of the day or when people aren't in the building, enhancing your home security system overall. Smart sensors turn lights on when someone opens a door, which means you can leave the lights off until someone uses an empty room for a meeting. Smart switches control lighting levels within a room, whether you need the lights at full power, half power or just as ambient light.
Smart thermostats, connected to energy management systems, offer ways to save energy when they’re programmed properly. These thermostats can heat or cool various segments of a building based on occupancy levels. If no one is at the office after certain hours, the thermostat can adjust the temperature to conserve energy. Combined with temperature sensors placed throughout the building, an energy management system points to areas with air leaks or faulty insulation to help avoid temperature anomalies and overtaxing of the HVAC system.
Lighting and Light Bulbs
Light bulbs and smart lighting represent another facet of smart home technology. Energy efficient light bulbs generally last longer than traditional incandescent models and are brighter so you’ll save money on power and by replacing bulbs less often. Motion sensors, timers and light sensors turn lights on and off at specific times. Outside lights don't come on until the sunlight gets too dim, bathroom lights stay off until someone opens the door, and timers keep lights dimmer when no one is in the building.