Wireless Energy Management Systems Building Bottom Lines
As a retailer, it is certainly not news that the current business environment is tough. But, even in the best economic times this industry is challenged with growing revenues, increasing profit margins and expanding market share. Even when business is booming, competition from new operators in your market makes it difficult to survive…let alone thrive.
Most retail shop owners have heard great advice about working smarter, and being more energy efficient. However, few know about the recent advances in wireless network technologies and how these advances offer significant financial growth for their operation.
What is being heralded as a new class of “drop in” energy management systems (EMS) for small to mid-size retail establishments has arrived, made possible by the recent advances in wireless technologies. These affordable, feature-rich wireless EMS products offer real energy savings that enhance profitability and a reduced carbon footprint in line with increasing demand for retailers to employ green business practices. What’s equally exciting about this technology is its operational simplicity and ease-of-use.
Until now, most retailers with small to mid-size commercial buildings have had no affordable option to implement an energy management system of any notable scale. And ironically, a large portion of this building-size segment uses more energy per square foot than any other commercial space. As you might imagine, HVAC equipment on the roof is the largest source of energy drain for these businesses. And, until recently, there have been no practical energy management solutions to better control these HVAC and other mechanical systems and, therefore, no opportunity for retail shop owners to save money.
So how does wireless technology rectify this situation? In much the same way a wireless network in your home can support multiple devices, like a laptop, desktop, printers, and handheld video games, a wireless network system can now be deployed into a retail building. These wireless networks will support multiple controls for that building’s main energy using equipment - HVAC and lighting. The system also allows for real-time wireless monitoring of the total electrical consumption (KwH) for the entire building. More importantly, it takes the entire process straight to the Internet, enabling remote monitoring and control from a central location.