Control & Automation
Energy Ottawa’s EnergyFlow monitor helps cut back on inefficiencies
By Renée Francoeur
The EnergyFlow monitor tracks a building’s energy and water use in real-time, providing data to identify inefficiencies or adjust settings based on occupancy patterns. The data can be accessed online from anywhere at any time. Electricity generation, such as solar PV, can also be monitored and graphically presented.
Energy Ottawa will be marketing the EnergyFlow monitor solution, as the exclusive Canadian distributor for the suite of products.
The product has proven its effectiveness in a project with the RA Centre, a private, not-for-profit recreation and leisure facility in Ottawa. Since the EnergyFlow monitor and suite of tools was first introduced in early 2014, the RA Centre has been able to better understand how and where they are using their energy, stated Energy Ottawa. As a large multi-function complex, they can now measure, manage and allocate costs for areas such as outdoor sports fields, arenas, restaurant and parking lots.
“Having the ability to isolate utility consumption and costs for specific areas of our operation, has allowed us to better understand the costs of providing services to our clients,” said Ross Rankin, director of facility and property services with the RA Centre. “The EnergyFlow system has been instrumental in helping us find opportunities to reduce our utility costs through our energy efficiency efforts.”