Heating, Ventilation and Cooling
As heating and cooling systems can account for over 50% of the total energy usage in buildings, U.S. Power utilizes multiple ways to help push this consumption downward.
We are advocates of high-efficiency equipment deployments, and we work with both our clients and suppliers in negotiating national account agreements for its purchase and installation. Driving efficiency improvements across our clients’ entire enterprise portfolios is a core competency of our organization, and our focus on consumption data drives savings to their bottom line.
It begins with the equipment itself: the performance of a building’s cooling and heating system is determined in large part either by its operating efficiencies or its ability to convert fuel to heat or cooling. Every HVAC unit is tested and awarded an Energy Efficiency Rating, with a higher rating received for the more cooling or heating a system generated for each unit of energy consumed.
Remarkably straightforward, we simply suggest that systems are turned off when not needed. Optimizing load shape is a powerful low-cost way to reducing energy consumption, and approaching it as we do with a rigorous and unrelenting focus ensures that the heating and cooling outputs of our installed HVAC systems match occupant needs (and no more). It sounds simple, but our primary goal is literally to turn equipment off, or dial back, when not needed. When this is done, huge savings are realized.
The industry has taken significant steps over the last several years in filling a void that has existed for some time—with affordable energy management technologies engineered for smaller commercial, industrial and institutional environments. An enterprise can now enjoy sophisticated monitoring and controls at a manager’s fingertips, which reduce wasted units of electricity and natural gas by allowing for the planning or modification of run times, the moving of temperature set points, and the sensing of occupancy or vacancy.
Energy management systems uncover moments of exorbitant consumption, and pinpoint where within a building they’re occurring. Our clients are able to compare a given building to other similar buildings within their portfolio, and respond immediately.
In addition, opportunities to save extend well beyond scheduling, set points and sensing, as there is more potential to use the data to change the way operators and occupants behave. U.S. Power leverages the inputs of all stakeholders, and uses the appropriate data to involve employees with the tools necessary to improve its clients’ energy profiles.