Free Trial Software Offers an Easy Route into Energy Saving
11 March 2008, News release from Energy Lens - Energy Management Software
Whilst most energy management solutions are sold on the strength of their promises, BizEE Software has taken a fresh approach by offering a full free trial of their Energy Lens software. Could this be the trigger that businesses and public-sector organizations need to get serious about energy saving?
It's difficult to refute the assertion that energy waste is commonplace in commercial and public-sector buildings. Well, according to Martin Bromley of BizEE Software, it's easier to do something about it than many people realize:
"When looking at energy-saving opportunities, it's easy to miss the low-hanging fruit. Simple measures like cutting out-of-hours energy consumption can lead to huge energy savings - the trick is to identify the opportunities that bring the maximum savings for the minimum investment."
To help in the hunt for this low-hanging fruit is Energy Lens, a software package for looking at energy-consumption data. Energy Lens aims to make it easier to answer the questions that are most important to energy management: "when are we wasting energy?", "how much energy are we wasting?", and "are our energy-saving initiatives actually working?"
And, as Bromley explains, BizEE Software are happy for anyone to download Energy Lens and try it out for free:
"The free trial of Energy Lens can be an eye-opening experience - those that aren't afraid of a little detective work can typically find some significant energy waste in their building. Naturally our hope is that the software will prove useful enough to justify a purchase, but we wouldn't want anyone to consider paying us money unless they were confident that using Energy Lens regularly would be worthwhile for them."
There is, however, one big caveat: the Energy Lens software will only be able to help you if you have good, modern energy metering. Bromley explains further:
"Although there can be benefits to analyzing weekly or monthly meter readings, there's much more to be gained by looking at the 15-minute or half-hourly interval data that Energy Lens is designed for. With this high-resolution data you can see the energy consumption at different times of the day and on different days of the week, making it infinitely easier to spot the signs of waste."
It turns out that the necessity for interval energy data is not always such a barrier to entry into the Energy Lens club: medium and large sized buildings can often get their interval data from their energy suppliers, and many modern buildings have already had their own interval metering equipment fitted (often without even knowing it).
If Energy Lens sounds like it might be useful to you, please visit www.energylens.com - you'll find a lot more information about the software, videos showing how to use it to save energy, and of course the free trial software itself.