• Warren Perez

Electricity bill shock is a thing of the past.

Have you ever wondered upon seeing your monthly electricity bill and asked yourself why it has increased or in rare cases decreased? If yes, then you are not alone. A common person would just wonder in their heads and try to recall what could’ve caused such change before finally paying it off and get on with their lives. While some who are more meticulous in budgeting would actually try to note or list down some actionable measures and speculations with an intent to do better in the succeeding days. They’ll try to tell themselves that they’ll cut down their consumption next month when they don’t really have an idea where to begin.

The meticulous person obviously might have a better chance of avoiding a bill shock in the following month. But even so, what the meticulous person has are speculations. It’d be like throwing darts in the dark. That person might know where the dart board is positioned and end up hitting it but not necessarily in the spot that is intended. Had that person known exactly what’s caused the increase or decrease, the person would have repeatedly done the same thing and have probably made it a habit knowing the SAVINGS potential it brings.

You could imagine this scenario in a business environment and its effect to its bottom line - SAVINGS means PROFIT. Was it the AC, Chillers or maybe the Climate? And if so, when did this cause occur and why? These reasons are the most commonly cited ones and our speculation is just as good as what our electric company would tell us. What’s not common and obvious is the behavior of the occupants inside which include our own selves. Did you know that a bad employee behavior on energy usage contributes 89% of energy wastes while a good/austere energy usage behavior contributes to as high as 50% in savings? If we could just detect both behaviors to eliminate the ‘bad’ and drive the ‘good’, that alone will nearly be a 140% savings swing.

In this digital age, these obvious and non-obvious causes remaining undetected is unacceptable. The advancements in AI and IoT have made smart energy monitoring systems available. Systems such as the Eniscope can be accessed remotely while providing smart analytics to occupants and building administrators. Eniscope is now available to the business establishments in the Philippines. The popular sectors that are currently using the Eniscope are convenience stores (7-Eleven); fast food or quick service restaurants (KFC) and schools.

One might wonder what size of investment a business needs to shell out to get hold of such technology. With a highly advanced hardware and proprietary software, this system does come with a hefty price and that might cause some businesses to shy away from it. But companies like Tradersturf.Energy have figured out how to take away the investment or initial cash outlay out of the equation. The Eniscope energy monitoring system together with Tradersturf.Energy’s energy monitoring services has been made available under a Shared Savings Program. No initial cash outlay and companies also do not need to worry about having additional staff to do the monitoring. Tradersturf.Energy will have the technology installed while managing the client’s energy for them. Service fee will come from the savings incurred for that particular period, which, goes without saying, no savings – no service fee. This goes to show the confidence level the company has in this technology.

As the saying goes, Knowledge is Power. Indeed, this amount of valuable data right at your fingertips will give you that knowledge that will guide you to a well-informed decision and not guesstimates. That's why it's been said and we continue to stand with the fact that Continuous Energy Monitoring and Targeting is the number 1 energy saving option.

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