1. Energylink on Site
EnergyLink is installed on premises
2. Data Collection
Collects data and recognises patterns
3. Data Analysis
Spots abnormalities in consumption
Analyses usage and sends
recommendations to schools
5. Utilising Recommendations
School employees take action
School saves money
and natural resources
- Data-driven decisions
- Artificial intelligence capabilities
- Expert technicians
The Schools main metering challenge will run from Monday 29th April through until Friday 27th September 2019. The challenge is designed to engage teachers and students in the conversation about changing energy usage behaviour and implementing sustainable changes to the way we use our resources. Once you sign up to the challenge we will look at 2 years of historical energy usage data to get an average of your energy used over the preceding 2 years (Average kWh/Day). This will then be the baseline you use to compare your school’s efforts throughout the challenge. Even if you have missed the start date you can still join the challenge, modify your energy habits and save money.
What is Main Metering?
Main Metering of your site already occurs if you have a modern meter. Every 15 – 30 mins, your energy meter provides a reading showing how much power you have consumed in the preceding period. This data is stored (historically for 2 years) by your retailer and is available for historical analysis.
How do I take part in the challenge?
It really is very easy. All you need to do is sign and return the Letter of Authority. This will allow Energylink to access the 2 years of historical data and real time data moving forward.
Why should I take part in the challenge?
Once Energylink has access to your metering data it will allow us to set a baseline of your usage for the challenge (average KWH a month for the previous 2 years). Over the course of term 2 and 3 you will then be able to track your energy consumption against your baseline but also against similar size schools (Maybe even in the same area if you want to get competitive). This can then be equated in $ savings and the reduction in your carbon footprint can be equated to a number of cars off the road.
What are the benefits of taking part in the challenge?
Taking part in the challenge will allow you to gain a valuable insight into the energy usage on your site. Our team of engineers will provide real time recommendations on how you can improve your energy usage but more importantly it is about getting the kids and teachers involved and modifying their behaviour to build long term sustainable energy practices. By modifying people’s behaviour and identifying issues on site we also expect every site to make moderate savings on their power bill and reduce their carbon footprint.
What is the cost of the Challenge?
The monthly cost of the challenge is $99. This gives access to the Energylink dashboard where you can track your sites reductions in energy consumption, track your energy goals and compare your efforts to similar schools. With this access also comes bespoke recommendations from our team of electrical engineers on ways to speed up your energy saving efforts and other insights to your site. It also covers the associated costs of accessing your energy data. There is no lock in contract. If your school has more than 1 main meter there would be a charge of $49 per month for each additional main meter. The cost will be invoiced monthly and is payable by direct deposit.
How do the recommendations work?
After analysing your main meter data our team of engineers can make recommendations around the site’s energy usage. These recommendations centre around reducing overall baseload usage (HVAC, Pumps, Plant Rooms) and monitor out of hours usage to ensure HVAC is not left on overnight or weekends.
It is then up to the site manager to action the recommendations to ensure the site takes full advantage of the challenge.
What are the next steps?
To participate in the Schools Energy Challenge all you need to do is complete the attached Letter of Authority. Once the LoA has completed and returned our team will access your historical data and set your benchmark for the challenge and set up your account to access the Energylink dashboard. In the lead up to the challenge Energylink will conduct a training session to ensure all users are able to access their dashboard and understand the Energylink system.
Can I take my energy metering further?
Yes, the recommendations from main metering are not able to drill down into site specifics. For example, if a HVAC unit is left on overnight main metering will allow our engineers to identify that a unit has been left on but not able to identify which specific unit it was. The site manager would be responsible for monitoring the units to work out which one was left on and action accordingly.
If you would like to take your energy metering further, Energylink specialise in sub metering. This is where a sub meter is attached to individual equipment. In the example above each HVAC unit would have an individual sub meter attached and the recommendation would target a specific unit.
Energylink recommends sub metering for sites with more than 400 students and works particularly well on sites with multiple HVAC loads, gymnasiums and plant rooms. Throughout 2018 EnergyLink customers with Sub Metering saw an average decrease of 11.46% and saved over $900,000.
Please contact Derek Wolfenden on 0409 822 857 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any questions you may have.
Throughout the course of the challenge, you will be able to use the Energylink platform to benchmark your performance or check the monthly leaderboard that will be published.