Put simply, Consumption Management is turning off stuff that shouldn't be on in the first place – like office air conditioners at nighttime, or parking lot lights during the day.
Humans love to mess with thermostats, time clocks, programs and operating modes. That messing certainly won't be with the intent of saving energy. Have you ever seen people return settings to their original positions? No, neither have we – but Swarm Logic can do so for you, and it can save as much as a third off your bill.
What if I have a Building Management or Automation system?
Swarm Logic works with your BAS/BMS to maximize savings, without affecting its operation. Combined with Demand Management (see below) it's an unbeatable combination.
2. Demand Management
Keep your customers cool and your costs down. No compromises necessary.
Commercial electricity is charged both by the absolute amount you consume (kWh) and by the maximum load (kW) – usually measured as the average over any 15 minute interval each billing cycle. These demand charges can account for 50% of your electricity bill. Because energy consuming devices generally operate independently, statistically there will be times when they all come on together – especially during periods of high utilization, like air conditioners on a hot day.
Swarm Logic synchronizes individual loads so they don't all come on at the same time. This Demand Management doesn't reduce kWh like Consumption Management does, you still get the same amount of cooling, but it significantly reduces peak demand to lower demand charges.
Treat the cause, not the symptoms.
Unlike demand limiting (which treats the symptom, not the cause) Demand Management does not affect comfort levels. Customers and employees wont' even be aware it is happening – but you will certainly notice the significant reduction in your power bill.
3. Intelligent Demand Response
Demand Response is lowering your power consumption in times of high demand on the electricity supply grid. With Swarm Logic this process is not only entirely automated, it is optimized to ensure minimum changes in comfort levels across your site.
Electricity supply utilities typically offer very significant financial incentives to lower your consumption in times of grid stress, because it avoids the possible black-outs which would have a massively detrimental effect on all electricity consumers.