Achieving operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the commercial retail industry is a never-ending goal that poses many challenges. Thankfully, the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Energy Management Systems (EMS) has made it possible for retailers to optimize their operations, reduce costs, and boost profits. One of the key methods used to attain these benefits is Peak Demand Management (PDM), a strategy that has revolutionized energy usage and cost optimization in retail establishments.
Understanding Peak Demand Management
Retailers pay for both the total electricity used during the month and peak demand—the highest amount of energy consumed during a single 15-minute period. These peak demand charges can account for up to half of a monthly electric bill and have been increasing by 7% annually. This is where PDM comes into play.
Solutions like DemandSmart continuously optimize electric loads 24-7-365, focusing on controlling and balancing electricity demands. They do this by collecting and analyzing equipment usage data, electric utility signals, market prices, and operational conditions to distribute electric load for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. By implementing PDM, retailers can reduce their electricity bills by 10%+ per year and reduce their carbon footprint, contributing to their sustainability goals.
The Role of IoT and Connected Facilities
IoT has significantly transformed facility management by making data capture and analysis more efficient. Connected facilities take the burden off employees by ensuring essential equipment stays up and running with minimal effort. Automation reduces labor challenges and increases operational efficiency. For instance, connected systems can remotely control lighting, signage, and other equipment, leading to improved performance and reduced energy expenses.
Smart Facilities: A Catalyst for Sustainability
At the intersection of sustainability and cost savings lies a golden opportunity for facility management. Embracing smarter, earth-friendly practices not only benefits the planet but also boosts profits and operational efficiency. Here are four ways a connected facility can pave the path toward sustainability:
- Reducing Energy Consumption: Connected equipment optimizes energy use in real-time, leading to significant energy savings, reduced operating costs, and a lesser environmental impact.
- Preserving Capital Equipment: Proactive monitoring and control of equipment help extend its lifespan while also avoiding untimely and expensive replacements.
- Reducing Food Waste: Smart kitchens equipped with connected systems ensure optimal equipment performance and food quality, leading to reduced food waste.
- Reducing Water Usage: Connected equipment can monitor and control water usage, helping businesses reduce their water footprint.
Implementing strategies like Demand Peak Management can significantly transform retail operations. By integrating connected equipment solutions, retailers can achieve a healthier and earth-friendly environment, enjoy significant cost savings, and improve operational efficiency.
Is it time to embark on a sustainable journey that benefits your business and the planet? Reach out to a member of our team to find out how we can help.