Most office buildings are empty over 60% of the time, including nights and weekends, but much of the equipment inside continues to run 24/7. Equipment like water coolers, space heaters, printers, copiers, vending machines, and refrigerators all use energy when no one is around. Even in power-saving mode, the total energy wasted by all this equipment adds up.
In fact, “plug load” equipment comprises 25-40% of a building’s overall electricity usage, but building managers have no tools to manage or even understand this huge demand.
In addition, without active monitoring and data on the equipment energy usage, it is impossible to know if the devices are performing at their best or even energy efficient in the first place.
With Ibis Networks, you finally get real-time data on energy usage for every piece of equipment, easy-to-use controls to implement power schedules and policies, and alerts to keep you in control. All delivered through an intuitive cloud-based dashboard. It even can integrate with your BACnet building management system.
How Ibis Saves Energy and Money in Office Buildings
Office buildings that take an active management approach to plug load can save up to 40% on managed devices, which translates into 8-10% off the overall electricity bill.
Key strategies that Ibis InteliNetwork systems enable include:
- Schedules Easily create dynamic schedules to power down equipment when the office is empty. The Ibis system can be used to set schedules by department, location, type, or even for each individual device.
- Device Health Energy usage can be a predictor of device health. Erratic or excessive energy use often precedes device failure. Using Ibis real-time data, you can see which equipment needs maintenance or replacement before it fails.
- Informed Policies Use trend and energy cost data to optimize user behavior policies. For example, turning off computers or lobby equipment can increase savings quickly.
- Alerts Get notified when equipment is on or off when it should not be. For mission critical equipment, this can be more valuable than the other benefits combined!