the 2010-11 fiscal year AFBFM initiated a number of upgrades to improve
and enhance the district-wide energy management system.
AFB uses cutting-edge electricity monitoring technology to track and analyze real-time usage data. This technology:
how facilities consume electricity on every level including: outlets
equipment, classrooms, floors, and total building usage
Continuously monitors circuit-level consumption data in real-time.
Stores data on-site and remotely on secure cloud servers
Provides web-enabled electricity monitoring software, where
data can be viewed easily from a desktop computer, smart phone, or
Delivers real insight with custom energy reports
Regularly updates software with new tools and features
Exhaust Fans Before
Before AFB designed a specific prescription for these exhaust fans, all
19 fans were running from 6am to 4pm NON-STOP. The fans ran throughout
the entire weekend even while the building was unoccupied. The
technology that AFB uses allows us to track each circuit and formulate
a precise prescription for each piece of equipment. Running equipment
in the most efficient way possible reduces both cost and consumption.
|Exhaust Fans After AFB Prescription
Exhaust Fans After
Daily run times reduced and weekend shut-downs
Inefficiency Detected: Exhaust fans (19) running from 6am to 4pm every day of the week, including weekends.
AFB's Prescription: 2.25 hour reduction, to run from 7:00am to 2:45pm, and power down on weekends.
Total Dollar Savings: $7,858 or $414 per fan/yr
Total Electricity Savings: 46,223 kWh/yr
CO2 Emissions Reduction: 34,852 lbs/yr
Proprietary Energy Management Program
AFB Proprietary Energy Management Program, outlined in the accompanying
diagram, is a multi-year system. AFB begins by immediately implementing
a number of energy saving initiatives with no cost to the district. At
the same time, AFB's management staff will develop a personalized
energy management plan that will maximize building occupant comfort,
while minimizing operating costs. Finally, AFB's system doesn't focus
solely on short-term energy savings, but instead couples those savings
with the development of a long-term energy management plan.
AFB developed a comprehensive Utility Bill Analysis
and Reporting (UBAR) tool which tracks electricity and natural gas
consumption and costs by calendar month. AFB's system tracks relevant
utility data (such as Peak KW Demand, electrical
consumption/generation, price per unit) for each facility for the
micurrent fiscal year and provides side-by-side comparisons to the
previous two fiscal years.
AFB will provide monthly utility reports to the Superintendent and BOE
Facilities committee. It is expected that these reports will document
at a minimum, budgeted costs versus actual costs, forecasted
consumption versus actual consumption, and trend analysis for all
consumption categories. All reports will provide a comparative analysis
to historical utility data.
These reports will serve as a monthly progress and quality control
check for all activities related to AFB's Proprietary Energy Management
Program. Further, it will provide real-time analysis of the utility
budget allocated for each facility and compare last year's usage and
cost to this current year's actual utility bills.
Energy Star Portfolio Manager:
AFB will submit monthly utility data into the Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA) "Portfolio Manager" application. AFB will also provide
monthly Energy Star Rating reports and trending for each facility to
AFB's Energy Audit Process |
AFB has a
designated team whose mission is to gather valuable insight into where
your energy dollars are being spent. Our experience has enabled
us to pinpoint areas of excessive energy waste. AFB's systematic
approach to evaluating systems can reveal information that will allow
you to get your energy costs under control. Systems such as
heating and cooling, boilers, hot and cold water, and lighting are all
areas where our specialists have helped countless schools and
facilities save energy dollars and minimize their carbon footprint.
AFB will provide monthly energy report cards for each school and the
district as a whole using our proprietary Utility Bill Analysis and
Reporting (UBAR) tool
UBAR identifies billing errors, streamlines utility data entry and
provides the most accurate energy reporting
Monthly reporting enables AFB to identify problems, evaluate building
performance and affect change in a timely fashion.
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