An Unusual Kind of Energy Customer

Municipalities – An Unusual Kind of Energy Customer

Most clients of companies like Linsyx Energy are either businesses or they’re organizations — and in either case, they’re almost always located in some relatively small number of buildings. Energy customers like these have been studied in depth by bodies like Energy Star, and their primary sources of inefficiency are mostly well-known. But what do you do when an entire city comes to you and asks how they can save energy?

In one way, a municipality can be broken down into a large series of smaller ‘customers’: by treating each individual structure used by the municipality as its own project, the eventual goal of overall savings will be realized. But in another way, the municipality is far more than the sum of its parts, because so many resources are either public (i.e. street lights, public bathrooms) or are shared between several buildings (i.e. the single set of steam tunnels that feeds the entire community college complex) that tracking by each structure is destined to overlook some huge opportunities. But before we can talk about those opportunities, we have to introduce the best tool for addressing them:

Introducing The EnergyMoneySaver

A powerful monitoring device that can accept input from any number of sensors, from motion to photovoltaic to voltmeters and thousands of other types, An equally powerful computer that receives input from the monitor — as well as from scheduled events, other programs, manual controls, or even commands given via Internet portal or eMail, and is capable of responding to those inputs in a huge variety of ways, including sending SMS, email, or other messages; activating or deactivating devices, rooms, or entire sections of a power grid; or merely by noting which of those inputs are unusual and producing a monthly report interpreting those results, and A top-of-the-line power conditioner that resculpts the waveforms of all of the electricity coming into your facility from the grid or coming from inside your facility via generators or batteries. With the conditioner in place, every electric device you use will last longer, use less electricity, and transport electronic data with less packet loss. The power conditioning element alone is, in a typical educational or municipal office setting, usually enough to pay for the system’s installation within 5 years; the entire unit, when installed and used properly, has been known to pay for itself within 2 years. Let’s look at how exactly those savings can be achieved, first in the ‘standard’ building-by-building view and then in the more wide-scope view.

Building by Building

The building-by-building method of rooting out opportunities for energy savings is — quite literally — what the EnergyMoneySaver was built for. The immense sensory and processing capacity of the EMS allow for every building with an EMS installed to have its own unique (and highly adaptable) set of sensors and responses that can save energy in extraordinary and mostly automated ways. Consider the savings in a typical elementary school when you have an EMS installed and programmed to: Slowly bring the exterior lights up precisely in ratio to the light received by light-detecting sensors on each of the major outside areas, such that the lights are only on where needed and only as much as is needed to maintain safe levels. Using motion and/or heat detectors automatically shut off lighting and HVAC support to rooms, halls, and buildings that are not in use. But why stop with lighting and HVAC? If no one is occupying or using an area, get rid of the ‘phantom load’ constantly drawn by almost every modern electronic device — which can translate into hundreds of dollars a month in a large facility like a school — by cutting power to all but the most vital elements of an unoccupied area. These are relatively simple examples, obviously — every structure in your city will have its own needs and opportunities to save. But what about the city as a whole?

The Big Picture and the Outdoor Lightsaver

When you expand your view beyond just buildings, you immediately come across one huge expense that any building-oriented view misses completely: street lights. As it so happens, Linsyx Energy has an optional unit that can be used independently or as part of an EMS system that addresses street lighting specifically — the Outdoor Lightsaver. The Outdoor Lightsaver as an independent unit is constantly calculating the position of the sun and moon as well as taking constant measurements of the actual ambient lighting conditions. Without any help from an EMS, it can predict the coming of night by activating lights at a fraction of their full brilliance. Because it can directly detect the ambient lighting conditions using light sensors, it can respond to dark, cloudy evenings or unexpectedly bright moonlight by altering the brightness of the attached lights accordingly. By itself, the Outdoor Lightsaver can minimize your street lighting costs without sacrificing safety over several blocks. Add an EMS to the Outdoor Lightsaver, and you have a powerful duo! The power conditioner in the EMS ensures that every lamp on its network receives electricity at precisely the right voltage, waveform, and synchronicity to maximize efficiency. The EMS also allows the Outdoor Lightsaver to take in information from a much larger number of sensors and control a much larger number of lights, as well as electronically dividing up the space as necessary to maximize safety — say, by keeping the lights over a main street a bit brighter than on the side roads. The EMS/Outdoor Lightsaver combination can handle a larger area than two individual Outdoor Lightsavers, and with a much more robust level of control over the lighting as well. With Linsyx Energies at your municipality’s side, you can tackle energy inefficiency with a powerful automation and scheduling system that is designed to be set up and programmed in conjunction with your experts in each area, alongside an in-depth energy audit of each facility and a thorough education in how your experts can use the EMS to its maximum capacity. What do you get out of it? Simple: with the EMS system in place and active, Linsyx Energies guarantees a 15% reduction in the energy costs of any facility or area within the EMS’ governance. Do the math — how quickly would that turn into a pleasant surplus in an unexpected part of your budget?

Obviously, these steps will, for many manufacturers, require the installation of a vast system that overlays their existing facility — something that can constantly and passively measure WAGES use and produce reports, that can remotely and instantly control potentially hundreds of devices across your facility in response to any number of events or on a predetermined schedule. In short, energy efficiency on the Motor Systems level requires a carefully-programmed computer with a huge number of inputs providing data and outputs controlling devices.