Utility Monitoring System FAQs

Meter control panelHere are some frequently asked questions and additional facts about Utility Monitoring Systems to help you understand more about the potential for metering and monitoring your facilities or processes.

What Is A Utility Monitoring System?

A Utility Monitoring System consists of meters, sensors, data acquisition systems (remote computers), a communication system to link the meters and sensors to the data acquisition systems, and a computer network connection. The network connection links to data analysis software that can reside on a local server or at a remote data center accessible through the Internet. These components are thus integrated into a system which collects, records, displays and analyzes detailed information about building or industrial process energy consumption. The system records the major energy flows (electricity, natural gas, thermal energy) at the building or end-use level at a predetermined frequency.

How Will A Building Utility Monitoring System Help Improve The Operation Of An Existing Facility or Process?

Utility Monitoring Systems are extremely useful in identifying energy conservation opportunities. Many energy experts believe an energy savings of 5 to 25% per year can be achieved by identifying operation and maintenance modifications through monitoring systems such as New Horizon Technologies' Utility Monitoring System. Verifying equipment efficiency can present additional savings opportunities. Utility Monitoring System data can also be used to identify and correct costly power factor or power quality problems.

How Can A Building Utility Monitoring System Be Used To Identify Energy Conservation Opportunities?

Buildings use more than 30% of our nation's energy resources and waste large amounts due to ineffective operation and poor design. Energy conservation opportunities are often identified by comparing archived "baseline" energy consumption statistics with standards for the building type or industrial process being monitored. These baseline data can also be used in building energy analysis computer simulation programs to predict energy savings.

How Can A Building Utility Monitoring System Be Used To Verify Energy Savings?

Savings from an energy conservation retrofit are normally determined by comparing energy consumption after the retrofit with an estimate of what the consumption would have been if the retrofit had not taken place. Determining savings involves more than simply measuring energy consumption before the retrofit and comparing pre- and post-retrofit consumption. Adjustments must be made to account for differences in weather, building use patterns, occupancy schedules and other factors that influence energy consumption before and after an energy conservation retrofit.

How Can A Utility Monitoring System Be Used For Billing Or Energy Cost Allocation Purposes?

One of the most straight-forward applications for a Utility Monitoring System is to use it for billing or energy cost allocation purposes. While utility-grade revenue meters are not always installed as a component of a Utility Monitoring System, the accuracy of the system as installed is such that it can easily be used for billing or cost allocation purposes. Common applications include determining the energy costs of specific facilities or auxiliary enterprises on university campuses or determining the energy costs for producing certain product lines in an industrial facility.


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P.O. Box 3003
Butte, MT 59702

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