Measurement and control are key steps in improving energy management and Digital Technologies for Energy Management (DTEM) can transform how we measure, monitor, and save energy.
DTEM include smart energy meters, and tools that gather data from energy meters or sub-meters and use software to report and/or analyse that data, as well and using information collected to automatically control the building/process. They include both the software itself and the physical infrastructure (e.g. sensors) that enable management.
This review for ClimateWorks Foundation has found that DTEM are an essential component to support organisational energy strategies and, where correctly tailored to the organisation’s need, can bring about significant carbon, energy and financial savings. Advances in data, analytics and a greater degree of connectivity are leading to greater digitalisation, which increase accessibility, ease of use and the potential benefits.
One of the key findings in the guide was the need for improved guidance for purchasers and users of DTEM. We have therefore created a Buyer's and User's Guide website for those considering purchasing or upgrading their DTEM.