It is helpful to monitor energy consumption as an energy auditor or energy consultant. Energy monitoring gathers historical data on energy use and anomalies. Choosing the focal points and targets for energy consumption reduction throughout the energy audit process will be aided by the energy data acquired during the energy monitoring phase.
By examining a facility's prior energy usage, experience, degree of knowledge, and data provided, an energy consultant or auditor can develop a complete picture of it. The energy audit process yields better outcomes when the energy auditor deeply understands the facility. Here, facility data and historical energy usage statistics are handled by monitoring systems.
Energy monitoring and targeting can be a part of management techniques to reduce and control current levels of energy use, remove waste, and improve current operating practices. Based on what was measured only led to a decision on control and correction. In essence, it combines energy consumption theory and statistics. The two ways to measure are through energy audits or monitoring. Targeting establishes the level of energy consumption that is desirable as a management goal to work toward energy conservation, as opposed to monitoring, which only aims to detect the current energy consumption pattern. All plant and building utilities, including fuel, steam, refrigeration, compressed air, water, effluent, and electricity, are managed using the monitoring and targeted management technique. The building has been logically and aesthetically separated into energy Cost Centers. Each facility's energy usage is evaluated and contrasted with production volume or another trustworthy operational parameter.
Energy monitoring systems are instruments. The instruments can monitor and record energy consumption like process data recorders, gas meters, energy meters, fuel consumption meters, water meters, Steam meters, Airflow meters, process flow meters, and energy management systems. The critical elements of monitoring and targeting systems are recording, analyzing, comparing, setting targets, monitoring, reporting, and controlling to check, allocate, determine, and highlight to reduce or optimize the energy consumption or operating parameters.
For energy consumption analysis and reporting, an energy monitoring system converts all the energy consumption quantities into a standard unit of consumption like Mega Joules to find the consumption proportion of energy type. The monitoring and reporting can correlate the variation and the cause.
Energy audit and the adoption of the energy auditor's recommended energy efficiency solutions can both result in energy savings or reductions, which can be tracked and maintained with the use of energy monitoring. An energy auditor can utilize energy monitoring as a tool for project execution verification for energy efficiency.