Looking Below the Surface for Retail Energy Savings
NOTE: This post is excerpted from the author’s upcoming presentation at Emerson’s Technology in Action Conference.
For retailers looking to trim costs from already thin operating margins, energy costs are a big target, however, while many retailers are taking positive steps to save energy, many aren’t looking below the surface for their biggest savings.
While I am encouraged to see more and more retailers use variable frequency drives to load-match air handling units,rooftop units, condensers and refrigeration systems, even some of the most savvy energy savers are just seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of energy savings.
We are seeing more and more retailers benefit from looking at the whole picture of their energy usage and leveraging the data from their Emerson™ E2 Controller units. By sharing data between the drive, the controller and an air handling unit, for example, a retailer has a more complete picture of system operation—and the tools needed to maximize performance and attain every bit of energy savings possible.
Not only does this technology help save energy costs in the long-run, Emerson is helping retailers capitalize on a number of important regional energy rebate programs.
The best news for retailers is that much of this technology, like variable frequency drives and controllers, are already installed and with added integration can help organizations dive deep into their energy savings initiatives.
Business Development Manager, Control Techniques
Emerson Industrial Automation