Energy management software can increase staff productivity and save time. With SchoolDude’s web-based energy tracking and management software, all utility bills are input into one database. When compared to tracking utility bills with paper and pencil or spreadsheets, utility tracking software provides:
- Efficient data entry method
- Accurate data compared to error-prone spreadsheets
- Centralized database of information which staff can access in real time
- Better understanding of energy consumption and usage to improve energy efficiency
Understanding energy consumption across schools and buildings is the most important factor in reducing energy consumption and saving money. Utility bill analysis is the simplest and most cost-effective way to better understand and teach others about energy use. Energy tracking software allows energy managers to analyze years of data at a granular level, looking at each meter, building, and cost per square foot.
The number one behavioral change to save energy is to turn off the HVAC system and lights when facility space is not in use. In order to do so effectively, energy, facility and maintenance departments must know when facility space is in use by school or community organizations after school hours. Integrating the building automation system (BAS) with SchoolDude’s facility usage software enables schools to automate this process by automatically triggering the HVAC system and lights to turn on and off based on scheduled facility use.
Integrating these two systems reduces energy costs by not allowing the HVAC system to run all night and also saves critical man hours. Maintenance and facilities staff no longer need to manually turn the HVAC system or lights on and off based on usage of facility space.
Many educational institutions utilize the energy monitoring program ENERGY STAR for ratings and recognition as part of their energy conservation programs. Energy management software, such as ConserveDirect, that integrates with ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager eliminates double data entry. Eliminating double data entry increases staff productivity and allows them to focus their newly found time on other projects. Using ENERGY STAR in conjunction with energy tracking software enables educational institutions to conserve more energy and receive recognition for high ENERGY STAR ratings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Top performing ENERGY STAR schools cost 50 cents per square foot less to operate, use 35% less energy and generate 35% fewer greenhouse gases than the average school.
ENERGY STAR schools cost 50 cents less per sq. foot, use 35% less energy and generate 35% fewer greenhouse gases than the average school.