In all walks of life – at home, in industry and in commerce – the subject of energy usage and conservation is one that is often mentioned and discussed. There are various reasons for this, but before we go into them, let’s consider the use of energy in our daily lives.
Energy is all around us; we use it to power our cars – derived from petrol or diesel – to heat our homes, whether by electricity, gas, oil or one of the many alternative fuels, and to provide light and power for a range of appliances that we use on a regular basis.
At work, energy is used to power machinery in an industry, to keep vehicles moving for transport and logistics, to keep offices warm and operating efficiently, and much more. In all of these cases, energy costs money. We need to pay not only for the fuel itself, but also for the equipment that converts that fuel into the form of the power we need.
So, one reason we need to monitor the energy we use is to keep costs down. Not only is this important in the home – simply turning the lights off in rooms that are not being used can make all the difference – but in industry and commerce, energy costs can make up a large part of the expenditure, so any savings will be worthwhile.
That’s how things are on a local basis; perhaps of more importance is the global concept of energy monitoring and management.
The Global Energy Problem
The fact remains that the vast majority of energy used across the world comes from fossil fuels; that is the likes of coal, which was formed millions of years ago, and similarly oil. Both of these are finite materials. No matter which way we look at it, they will run out one day – and quite soon in fact.
This is the reason why alternative energy sources have been investigated and used over the past few decades. Solar power, wind farms, tidal energy sources and more are all now in common use, yet they still cost money.
Every household, and every business premises, has a range of metering and monitoring devices to make sure that energy use is recorded, analysed and amended accordingly where waste is a problem, and when all homes and businesses are taken into account, the energy savings that can come about can be colossal.
So, what can you do to make sure you are using energy efficiently in the workplace and at home? The answer lies in effective and efficient monitoring of usage, and there are many ways of doing so. Companies like Power Meters can help you do that.
Meters and Calibration
Your house will have an electricity meter and a gas meter; these are used to measure the amount of fuel you are using in these areas. Every industrial and commercial premises will also have such meters, and perhaps many more that apply to individual areas or even specific machines. The problem is that, no matter how accurate a measuring device may be, over time it will experience ‘drift’ – in other words it will become less accurate.
The reason for this varies across different devices, but the fact remains that all measuring devices – energy meters included – will require calibrating every now and again. Calibrating is making sure the meter or measuring device is returning an accurate reading, and is best done by experts who know how to set your equipment to the right starting point.
A poorly calibrated measuring device can mean greater inefficiency; a correctly calibrated meter is one that will give you accurate and effective monitoring every time, so get in touch with the experts now, and make sure your energy monitoring equipment is telling you the truth!