Efficient Energy Systems
You want to maximize your return on investment. Dr. Michel Kamel reminds us that about 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. In addition, almost 50% of related costs may not be linked to how much energy was used but how fast it’s being used. Other systems may reduce usage but not the cost penalties associated with how fast you use the energy. In some cases, they may even amplify them. As an example, with solar energy as a cloud passes by, you can now suddenly demand from the grid a lot more energy than you did a few minutes before. That speed by which you take energy from the grid you are being charged for. This is about half your bill in the summertime if you’re a commercial user. So when you consider renewable energy systems investments, the first thing you want to do is identify and manage the waste energy in new buildings and also manage your energy costs to reduce these cost penalties associated with how fast and when you are using energy. That’s why you need to invest in an energy platform – the much lower investment, the much higher returns that would also amplify the benefits of other energy investments.