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Energy Manager vs. Software: What’s the Right Fit For Your Business?

Energy is the lifeblood of all asset-intensive companies. However, managing this crucial asset has sometimes been overlooked.  

Crises like the pandemic and the energy market upheaval in 2022, as well as growing demands from sustainability-related legislation, have been a rude wake-up call to businesses who did not treat energy management as a strategic asset.  

Equipped with the knowledge that investing in energy efficiency can set them apart, forward-looking businesses have invested in outsourcing energy management, resulting in more efficient energy use, cost savings, and sustainability goals.  

Those now looking into outsourcing energy management will quickly realise that the question of how to do this effectively has its own challenges. Do you invest in an energy manager’s expertise or lean into the digital precision of energy management software? 

In this blog, we’re diving deep into the showdown between the two. We’ll not only weigh the pros and cons, but also share success stories and practical tips from businesses that have dealt with this strategic question successfully. 

The Role of an Energy Manager 

Focused on technical leadership, Energy Managers spearhead initiatives aimed at enhancing energy efficiency. Put simply, an Energy Manager oversees the planning, monitoring, and optimisation of energy usage within an organisation, focusing on reducing costs, improving operational efficiency, and meeting sustainability goals.  

To do this, they conduct energy audits, manage projects for energy conservation, and stay updated with the latest in energy technologies. 

Thinking of working with an Energy Manager? Make sure your Energy Manager possesses a nuanced understanding of the motivational drivers within your organisation —be it operational excellence, cost reduction, or environmental stewardship. Look for expertise that encompasses a broad spectrum of innovations, from the deployment of smart building technologies to the integration of renewable energy sources and carbon capture solutions. 

What is an Energy Management Software? 

An Energy Management Software is different to an energy manager, in that it presents a deep analysis of energy consumption and cost through data. This data, in turn, would then need to be analysed by the user.  

However, unlike an energy manager, an Energy Management Software (EMS) offers a comprehensive view of energy use across all levels. Some (like our technology, ClearVUE.Zero) can analyse your data from global assets to site-specific circuits, segmented by energy type. Often, EMS have intuitive, customizable dashboards which enable stakeholders to pinpoint their energy concerns swiftly, facilitating easy access to necessary reports.  

The primary advantages of an EMS include monitoring energy usage, cost reduction, minimising energy needs, and decreasing carbon footprint, alongside promoting adherence to regulations, and fostering an eco-friendly mindset across teams.  

Pro-tip: Opt for a cloud-based EMS, which enhances deployment speed, scalability, and remote access capabilities, supporting diverse devices and locations. 

Key Difference and Synergies 

To optimise energy management within an organization, both energy management software and energy managers play crucial roles and have unique benefits. Here’s how they compare to each other: 

Energy Management Software: 

  • Automation: Automates energy consumption tracking and analysis. 
  • Customisable: Offers customisable dashboards and reports for identifying energy savings. 
  • Quick Compliance: Facilitates compliance with energy regulations through automated reports. 

 

Energy Manager: 

  • Strategic Leadership: Expert in strategizing and implementing energy conservation initiatives. 
  • Capitalising on Software:  Utilises software data for informed decision-making. 
  • Technical Leadership: Leads energy optimisation projects and manages stakeholder engagement. 

Choosing the Right Solution- What Questions Should a Business Ask Before Making Its Choice? 

Answer the questions below to see which tool would be the most effective for your organisation’s needs:  

  1. Do we have the in-house expertise to analyse and act on energy data? 
  1. Can existing IT infrastructure support or provide energy insight? 
  1. How complex is our energy use and infrastructure? 
  1. What specific return on investment (ROI) objectives are you aiming to achieve?  
  1. What level of customisation and scalability do we need? 
  1. How important is real-time data and remote access for our operations? 

If you have in-house expertise and existing infrastructure that provides insight, and do not require massive scalability (e.g. across multiple sites), then you might want to consider working with an Energy Manager. However, if you require a large-scale solution that can be accessed remotely, an Energy Management Software might be a better alternative. 

The Best of Both Worlds  

Both solutions offer unique insight that can propel your energy management savings. For an ideal solution, considering combining an energy management software’s data analysis capability with an Energy Manager’s strategic insights. 

This enables a comprehensive approach to energy management, guaranteeing efficiency and sustainability. 

At ClearVUE.Business, we’ve seen first-hand how this can result in operational efficiencies for several businesses.  

For instance, the Morgan Motor Company used our innovative energy management software, ClearVUE.Zero, to measure their painting process, which relies on energy-intensive paint powder-coating ovens and other machinery. 

Immediately when starting to use ClearVUE.Zero, the Morgan Motor Company identified machinery that had been powered on needlessly early in their daily production processes for years. Our Energy Managers suggested a simple adjustment – changing when they switched machinery on or off. 

This resulted in the company being able to cut down on energy consumption and save significant sums. 

Book a free demo to discover how our technology and energy managers can provide the best insight for your organisation. 


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