ENERGY MONITORING

Did you know every new appliance added to your building brings it closer to hitting capacity and tripping your entire building?

 

Once you start hitting your capacity, chances are it will be a recurring issue, causing maintenance headaches and potentially significant expense, particularly if you need to increase the power capacity allocated to your address from the main grid.

What is energy logging?

Energy logging is an inexpensive testing method that lets you monitor how close you are to overloading your building’s capacity before it is too late, allowing you to adjust renovations plans and policies, identify savings or rebalance the internal allocation of power as required.

Why do I need this?

Your building’s power supply is not an infinite resource.

 

Many older buildings were allocated power at a time when there were far fewer appliances and electrical goods. No TVs. No computers. No air conditioning. No electric cooking.

 

As more appliances are added to your building, the risk of overloading the system increases, particularly at peak times. If you get onto it early you can consider a variety of strategies to rectify the issue before serious problems arise, like outages and expensive rectification. Prevention is generally better than the cure.

Electric Vehicle charging

As electric vehicles increase in popularity, you will need to consider charging options and the way they are powered. A standard charging unit draws an equivalent amount of power as a commercial-grade air conditioning unit for an entire office floor. If this is drawing from your building’s general electrical supply it is going to limit the amount left for the rest of your building.

How it works

Our experienced technicians temporarily instal a data logging unit in your building’s main supply for a week or longer. Probes are attached to each of your main power lines and from there your power is analysed and logged over set intervals.

 

At the end of the testing period the logger is retrieved and you are supplied with a detailed breakdown of your building’s energy consumption at different times of day, at different times of the week.

When should I get my building’s energy logged?

  • Installing new appliances – air conditioning units, gas to electric stove conversions, etc.

  • Upgrading electrical fittings

  • Neighbours renovating

  • Old buildings

  • Recurring tripping

  • Electric Car charging

  • Underpowered Appliances

  • Lighting surging

 

In short, it is never a bad idea to get your building’s energy checked if you have not done so in the last 5 years. If you are considering a renovation or an upgrade requiring new electrical fittings it is a good idea to check your building’s capacity and usage patterns. If you are concerned about other residents in your building adding renovations of their own, it might be a good idea to check also – particularly if you live in an old building.

Affordable peace of mind

 

Energy logging is a relatively inexpensive process that benefits your entire building and can generally be covered by your strata or company title fees. It could save you significant expense in the long run. Contact us today for more information.

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