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The value of understanding energy control reports.

The only reason for having an energy control system in your building is to increase efficiency and cut costs. But if your system's daily print-outs are long, confusing lists of numbers, letters, and abbreviations that have to be sorted and analyzed, chances are not you're not saving anything. Because few managers and owners have the time or patience to wade through such material, your leaks will persist, your energy inefficiency will continue, and-the money you spent on the system will go to waste. Luckily, there are options.

Consider the case of Rubin Pikus, president of Millbrook Properties, who recently purchased U.S. Energy Controls' Energy Monitor 2000 for one of his buildings. He liked the way the system performed, how it saved fuel, prevented water waste, and alerted him to the early warning signs of boiler/burner trouble. But the main reason he bought the same model for his other buildings was that the daily print-outs of energy and water usage were easy to understand. All of a sudden, he was seeing savings.

When reports are simple to read, there's a lot you will be able to catch. The Energy Monitor 2000 minds such items as your heating plant -- helping to reduce fuel costs, electricity usage, and pollution -- and water consumption, helping to reduce your costs and protect this natural resource. With water, for instance, the Energy Monitor helps you quickly detect leaks -- saving you money in metered water and fuel used to heat the water.

The print-outs are easy to understand because each day's activity is summarized on one line with plain English headings. If you have several buildings, they can be listed in order of efficiency, so that you can compare the worst buildings at the bottom with the best at the top, and detect any waste, leaks, and inefficiency.

The information contained on each line includes: *Stack temperature. A very high stack temperature means that heat is escaping out the chimney rather than being used to make steam. With our report, you can instantly compare the stack temperatures at all of your buildings and uncover inefficiencies. *Fuel consumption. Based on the size of the boiler, you can compare the amount of fuel being drawn from the storage tanks at each of your buildings. *Longest time to make steam pressure. This is the point during the period when it took the longest to convert the boiler's water into steam. If the time is too long, it may mean your burner's nozzle is clogged, the flame is too small, or other trouble. *Water consumption. To keep track of water usage for the entire building, water meters can be installed for the boiler makeup water, hot water output, and water-main. One method for detecting leaks, for instance, is to look at the amount of water your building is using at specific times of the day, a function that the Energy Monitor 2000 performs. If a lot of water is being used at 3 a.m., when most residents are asleep, you can be sure there is a break in the system.

Saving energy takes effort. It requires vigilance, persistence, and patience.
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Author:Pindus, Gerald
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Oct 28, 1992
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