The benefits of AMI centre around accuracy and automation
AMI puts control back in the hands of the consumer. These data readings remove the need for estimates, which paves the way for reduced manual processes and detailed data analytics. This mitigates the risk of human error and makes for more accurate billing, reduced manual processes, and minimised disputes. Customers can expect to pay for their actual energy usage, rather than estimates, within a context that makes evolving energy strategy a reality. This system also provides customisable, automated reporting, which alleviates the administrative burden around record-keeping and compliance.
Remote control through real-time data
The coronavirus pandemic has seen a vast shift towards remote working. It is reasonable to expect the future to include hybrid and remote working as the new normal. Remote energy monitoring systems mean real-time data is accessible from anywhere, so owners and managers can keep their finger on the pulse of their energy usage no matter where they are – across multi-site and remote locations.
Within the greater smart building structure and together with automation, data can be utilised intuitively for smart remote building management and dynamic condition control. For example, data readings around occupancy can turn on or off lights and equipment as needed. This can be adapted to suit remote working schedules to great effect. As sensors pick up on temperature changes, automated adjustments can be made to air-conditioning and heating – all of which holds enormous benefits for energy efficiency.
Another benefit as an offshoot of this is employee and tenant satisfaction. 83% of employees in the UK say that the company they work for could do more towards sustainability. While addressing environmental concerns is important for the happiness of both your staff and customers, these intuitive benefits of smart technologies also have the potential for personalised profiles and preferences.
Saving money and streamlining operations creates room for growth
The cumulative effect of energy savings, cost-savings, and increased productivity can only be good for business. It lays the groundwork for using resources to do better business. This focus on doing what you do as well as possible has the potential to spearhead growth. The good news is that building energy monitoring systems and smart technologies like those available from Smarter Technologies Group are scalable solutions you can use to great effect as your operations expand.
IoT and green buildings
Smart technologies around utilities can be used on their own or as part of a business’s broader green building architecture. In general, many smart technologies can inspire greener, more sustainable business practices where data is used to maximum effect. This can be attributed to detailed, accurate data collection – and this data can then be analysed to inform decision-making and strategy.