5 Reasons to Adopt Power Usage Meters

Every building manager and owner wants to find ways to lower their building’s overhead costs. The most effective ways to do this is to reduce the building’s energy consumption. The amount of energy a typical building uses can be quite substantial when you consider all of the lights, HVAC units, appliances, vending machines, electronics, and more that are absorbing power on a daily basis.

Cutting down on energy consumption is possible – and doing so can help to reduce a building’s overhead costs substantially. However, it will require investments into energy-efficient solutions. Knowing what solutions will be effective for your building requires you to understand where energy is being used and where it’s being wasted. To gain this understanding, you should strongly consider adopting power usage meters.

Implementing Power Usage Meters

A power usage meter is exactly what it sounds like – a device that allows you to measure the use of energy in your building. You’ll find that there are all kinds of power usage meter devices out there on the market, but few like ours (and our customer service). Our Smart Plugs offer energy measuring reporting as well. The way they work is quite simple – you plug your electronics into your smart plug, which you then plug into your outlet. Using the cloud, our Atmospheres® software can then read the energy use of the device that’s plugged into it, whether it’s a vending machine, a computer, or any other electronic device or appliance.

Reasons to Adopt a Power Usage Meter

Adopting a power usage meter is as easy as implementing our Smart Plugs and installing our Atmospheres® software. Why should you go through the work and expense of doing this? The following are five ways that you can benefit from the use of a power usage meter:

1. Find out exactly where your building’s energy costs are coming from

With our Smart Plugs, you can figure out what appliances and electronic devices are using up the most energy. This is because our Atmospheres® software provides full-fledged reporting on all of the Smart Plugs that you are using, which means that you can see which appliances and electronic devices are using the most energy.

2. Find out your energy usage times

Our reports provide detailed information about the energy use of each appliance and electronic device plugged into a Smart Plug. This means that you can see how much energy each of these items is using over the course of a week, a day, or even hour by hour. This, in turn, allows you to see when their peak usage times are.
This is important because you can use this information to pre-program your Smart Plugs through our Atmospheres® software to cut off power during times when energy is not needed. For example, a TV in a certain room of your building may not be used at all during the night. Using the data provided to you, you can determine when you can schedule the Smart Plug it’s plugged into to cut off the power in order to save energy.

3. Determine what types of investments will be most beneficial

Power usage meters can help you determine where your building is using up the most energy. For example, if you are losing a substantial amount of energy on your building’s lighting system, then you know that investing in LED lighting, or some kind of automation that allows you to pre-program or remotely control your lighting, can have a big impact on those energy costs.

4. Have more control over your building’s energy use

The ability to track energy use through our Smart Plugs allows you to pre-program and remotely control the power to your electronic devices and appliances, thereby giving you more control over how your building uses energy.

5. Implementing a power usage meter is easy

Atmospheres® is a cloud-based software that allows you to measure and control energy usage through our Smart Plugs. All you need is a Wi-Fi network in order to implement Atmospheres®. No additional network equipment is required. You’ll be able to access the software remotely via any kind of Internet-accessible device: from your laptop or computer to a tablet or smartphone. This is because Atmospheres® is accessible through a browser dashboard, such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

As far as the Smart Plugs are concerned, they are as easy to use as they sound – all you have to do is plug them into your outlets and then plug your appliance or electronic devices into them.

Adopting a power usage meter can offer some serious benefits to your building that can help to save you a substantial amount of money over the long term. For more in-depth information on our Smart Plugs and Atmospheres® software, be sure to contact us at BOSS Controls today.