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The domestic and commercial roll-out of smart, or automated meters, is underway, albeit fairly slowly, but there are strong arguments for organisations, particularly those with multiple sites, to take the initiative rather than wait for a supplier to impose a solution that may not meet your needs.

The key benefits of automated meter reading (AMR) include:

  • Accurate billing: meter reads will automatically be sent to your supplier, putting an end to estimated invoices, improving accuracy and budgeting. For those with tenants, AMRs make re-billing more straightforward, while also providing charging transparency.
  • Smarter procurement: when re-negotiating your supply contracts you’ll have accurate consumption profiles (peak demand times etc), which reduces uncertainty for suppliers and gives you a stronger negotiating position
  • Energy management: daily consumption data from every site can be accessed on-line (or pushed through in emailed reports) meaning you can easily monitor consumption across your portfolio. Reliable data is the bedrock of effective energy management, from alerts if equipment is left on, to benchmarking consumption by sq footage, occupants or sales, and targeting efficiency measures where they’ll have the greatest impact.
  • Save time: no need for manual meter readings, saving time and effort for your personnel

AMR costs usually range from around £200 to £400 per meter, depending on the number being installed and ease (or not) of installation.

Turn data into intelligence

While most AMRs perform a similar function, the accompanying online data platforms do not, so make sure that your chosen software solution has the functionality, visualisation tools and ease of use to maximise your savings.

Without the ability to turn energy data into intelligence, the usefulness of AMRs decreases significantly, so make sure you and your site personnel are comfortable using  and interpreting the reports.

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A UK property management company wanted to cut energy consumption at its headquarters building, so signed up to the Energy & Carbon Management Gold Standard energy services programme which reported monthly on the building’s energy use. The detailed analysis identified consumption trends, peaks, troughs and any variances.

The first E&CM report showed that immediate savings could be made by resetting the building’s internal climate control systems to ensure the heating was on only during office hours when staff were present. It also highlighted how further savings could be realised if staff switched off their computers and other electrical equipment at the end of the day.

The client subsequently rolled out the E&CM energy services programme to its entire UK operations, benefiting their tenants through reduced consumption and lower utility costs. E&CM is now managing the installation of new gas loggers, which should support help identify further savings on gas consumption.

Savings delivered:

  • a 59,000 kwh annual savings on energy consumption
  • a £5,900 annual savings on head office heating costs
  • a 12% reduction in energy consumption after 6pm