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The Importance of Power Monitoring

April 18th, 2011 by Steve Hill Leave a reply »

As an Energy Engineer I use this saying.  “A single data point is worth 1000 opinions”.

This phrase will inevitably come up during my discussions with clients who are trying to justify an investment into power monitoring equipment.

Now envision a team of Managing Directors, Procurement and Production Managers all wringing their hands over whether to move forward with an energy monitoring/reduction program.  Each personality will enter the discussion from a differing mindset offering their “opinions” as to the usefulness of data monitoring, as with Enigin PLC’s Eniscope.

I would argue that until they have sufficient data collected from their own electrical system they would not have sufficient data to make a logical choice regarding energy saving measures and any energy saving products to be installed.

US EniscopeEnigin’s Eniscope, coupled with the power of E-Portal (Eniscope’s graphical user interface) offers real-time and historical data with a powerful visual representation of energy usage.  Among other features when using Eniscope’s trend features, you can determine the times of your highest peaks (demand) and phase balance (loading) amongst other features.

These features of Eniscope recently helped me to determine that a client was keeping the lights in his facility on, even after the plant was deemed empty of people.  Having solid “data”, from Eniscope’s monitoring, to show the client allows them to make important procedural changes to ensure that energy (money) was not being wasted by lighting an empty facility.  (Note that some lighting is required for safety and security rationale).

Another example where Eniscope was used to diagnose a problem was with a residential consumer.  By monitoring the entire house, we were able to determine that there was a problem with a fresh water pump.

These pumps are often silent motors, submersed hundreds of feet underground.  This particular motor was stopping and starting continuously, under a condition called “dead-heading”.  Not only does this waste valuable energy it will also take years off the life of the pump.  In reviewing the data trends via Eniscope, we were able to pinpoint the problem and correct it before any major loss or breakdown occurred.

You see, a single data point is worth 1000 opinions and may I add…, thousands of dollars.

Real data will validate itself.



  1. Rob says:

    Great article Ken!
    Your point is well made -

  2. Evan Nelson says:

    The effects of Global Warming is getting much stronger these days. We should concentrate more on alternative energy to reduce carbon emissions.

  3. Delores Tui says:

    All is well said however i want to know how much money is needed to invest in these products. Thank you.

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