Energy Management System for an Efficient and Sustainable Future

Energy Management System

In today’s world, companies benefit from being mindful of their carbon footprint. It not only helps the environment, but it can also help you save money. An Energy Management System can be a solution to minimize your energy related expenses by minimizing unnecessary energy expenditure. Commonly referred to as EMS, this system allows you to monitor, analyze, and control every single energy point in your facility. By implementing an EMS, your ROI will be both short-term and long-term. The results will take effect right away and will be long lasting. You will also be highly competitive in the marketplace because of your attention to detail and reduced carbon footprint.

As the future of business is distinctly impacted by technology, it is smart to utilize the tools of the future to make sure you remain at the forefront of your industry. An EMS intertwines the very best aspects of sustainability with energy and money saving principles. Ultimately, an EMS benefits your bottom line while also enhancing your actual and perceived environmental consciousness.

Schaffhouser Electric can customize an EMS that tailors to the specific needs of you and your company. Prior to doing so, however, we will conduct an energy audit that identifies areas that are using a high amount of energy and areas that are wasting energy. The energy audit will clarify ways for you to reduce your energy use and therefore energy costs. Based on the results of your audit, we will then determine the right systems and strategies for you to best utilize your energy consumption.

The following equipment can be monitored and/or controlled by an EMS to maximize efficiency:

  • HVAC
  • Lighting
  • Signage
  • Subtenants
  • Generators
  • Refrigerators/Coolers
  • Water heater
  • Chain broiler
  • Irrigation
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Gas and water usage
  • Solar energy systems

Although we have already discussed some of the benefits of implementing an Energy Management System, we also want to highlight the idea that an EMS can even enhance your property’s value through utility sub-metering. This allows those who own properties and businesses to recoup utility costs through accurately measuring the tenant utility costs, which can be reported and invoiced to clients through an EMS. Additional benefits of an EMS include:

  • See immediate savings
  • Qualify for a federal tax deduction
  • Increase staff productivity and efficiency
  • Gain insight into how equipment is functioning
  • Avoid costly equipment repair
  • Integrate systems

For more information about energy management systems and how Schaffhouser Electric can help, call 615-325-8082.

Electrical Systems Survey Using Infrared Load Testing

Infrared Load Testing

Problems with emerging and existing electrical components aren’t always visible to the human eye, even if the individual that is conducting the testing is an expert in the field of electrical engineering or electric equipment. It is very important to make sure that electrical equipment stays functioning properly so that you avoid equipment failure, business interruptions and even fire. Problems with electrical components can occur in noticeable ways, but they can also occur in such subtle ways that even routine inspections would not notice them. This is where Infrared Load Testing comes into play and offers the peace of mind you and your business desire.

Infrared Load Testing makes sure that every part of your electrical equipment is highly functioning and in optimal working condition. If electronics fail, a lot could be at stake if you own a business or facility that utilizes electronic equipment.

Infrared testing is also known as an electrical systems survey. This process will enable us to find and address issues before they become unmanageable. If an issue arises that goes unnoticed, it could cost you and your company an astronomical amount of money to replace electrical equipment that is necessary for your business to function. Skipping an infrared load test could be an expensive decision if your electrical equipment begins to malfunction or develop problems that are not easy to notice.

Schaffhouser’s electrical systems survey is a great option and includes testing the following equipment:

  • Substations, transformers and feeder poles
  • Distribution panels and disconnects
  • Electrical power supplies
  • Main electrical incoming services, transformers and capacitor banks
  • Switchboards and disconnects
  • Motor Control Centers
  • Service electrical controls and transfer switches
  • Main I-Line electrical panels
  • Lighting and receptacle panels

It is important to know why you and your business should consider Infrared Load Testing. A survey scan of your electrical equipment serves many purposes:

  • Locate electrical systems problems
  • Reduce downtime and electrical equipment damage
  • Prevent catastrophic system failures
  • Allow engineers and facility managers to prioritize repairs
  • Avoid costly system shutdowns

Infrared Load Testing speeds up the inspection process of crucial issues and detects problems that would normally go unnoticed. As opposed to a traditional inspection, Infrared Load Testing is most likely to prevent serious issues and damage. Early detection of issues is the key to saving money and time. Call Schaffhouser Electric Company today to see how we can keep your equipment working in pristine condition!

Energy Efficient Lighting Retrofit and Design

Commercial Lighting Retrofit
Before and After Lighting Retrofit Design

Although energy mismanagement happens for various reasons, one of the most common sources of misused energy stems from overhead lighting. Up to 60% of your energy bill may be directly linked to the amount of energy that is used to keep the lights shining overhead. This isn’t only an expensive option due to the amount of energy it takes to keep the lights running, but it is expensive because of the heat the lighting produces. Especially during summer months, excessive overhead lighting creates an added source of heat that often requires additional air conditioning. So not only are you paying more for your electric bill for lighting, but you are also paying more for excessive air conditioning use.

Although overhead lighting is an important aspect of daily operations, it is crucial to know that a lighting retrofit can assess your current energy use to see if there are ways to cut down on your expenses. A lighting retrofit is the process of replacing part or all of an electrical system with lighting and controls that make it use energy more efficiently. This process will not only save you money long term, but it will also allow you to confidently tell your customers and business partners that you are an energy conscious company.

Schaffhouser Electric offers lighting retrofit and design services to help your company become energy efficient. Your lighting retrofit may include any or all of the following:

  • Analysis of and reduction of cost of overhead lighting
  • Removal of lamps and ballasts
  • Delamping, which is the process of testing the luminosity of your space and determining if it’s brighter than it needs to be, while still providing maximum safety and efficiency
  • Replacement of T12 bulbs with T8 bulbs, which are narrower and more energy-efficient
  • Analysis of and reduction of hours of operation using innovative controls
  • Analysis of and reduction of costs of outdoor signage, exterior, and parking garage lighting
  • Analysis of and reduction of cost of holiday lighting

Lighting retrofit and design is an investment that will yield significant returns. Our team here at Schaffhouser Electric Company will be able to work with you to discuss how much money this process can save you each and every year. We are happy to share solutions to reduce energy costs.

To learn more about lighting retrofit for your business, give us a call or email us today!

Cutting Down on Energy Waste – Efficient Use of Resources

energy waste

Did you know that energy mismanagement is the reason why many businesses pay more than they need to pay for energy? The amount of energy expended by companies often gets overlooked and is often viewed as an expense that doesn’t have any room for fluctuation. Schaffhouser Electric Company has undergone extensive training about energy mismanagement to become experts in this field. We received training from the globally recognized energy management specialists, Schneider Electric. Our training has deepened our knowledge and ability to recognize ways for our clients to cut down on their costs and to maximize their efficiency.

Although every business will face energy waste to a certain degree, the amount can be limited. Some of the ways we can help you include:

  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Installation – With ever-changing gas prices and the concern for emissions and pollution, many people are going green by switching to an electric vehicle. If you’re thinking of making the leap, let us know! We can install a charging station properly and professionally.
  • Efficient Lighting Plans & Controls – Many times, lights are left on unnecessarily in places of business. Even if you need to develop a system based on shifts or time blocks, we have the expertise and know-how to establish a system that minimizes energy waste without cutting down on productivity.
  • Troubleshooting – Sometimes energy-saving products and systems can contribute to a reduction in power quality. But going green doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort and ease. If you’ve been having problems with your eco-friendly technologies, give us a call! We are troubleshooting experts and can help you get the most out of your energy-saving systems.
  • Critical Power – If power is absolutely critical to your business, you likely don’t want to rely solely on the power grid. If your business falls into this category, the experts at Schaffhouser Electric can help you develop a power source that you can count on at all times.
  • HVAC Controls – To increase the comfort level of a home or business with minimal waste, we offer HVAC control solutions. This can be a great way to conveniently cut down on operating costs, without sacrificing the enjoyment of your space.
  • Energy & Power Management Systems – We offer energy-assessments of your business, and can help you pinpoint areas of waste and areas in which improvements can be made. This can be especially beneficial to business owners, and can significantly decrease energy waste and overall operational costs.

Contact us today to see how we can help cut down on your energy waste!

Here’s How Video and Camera Cabling Can Benefit You

Video and Camera Cabling

When dealing with photography and video, it is best to have professionals handle camera installation and cabling. Not only do professionals understand the tools of the trade, but they also have the ability to make sure that your camera and video quality are the best they can possibly be. Without a dedicated professional to oversee your camera cabling and video installation, you may find yourself without the superior quality and efficiency that you desire. When the right professionals handle video and camera cabling, the quality is unmatched. At Schaffhouser Electric, we have dedicated professionals ready to assist you and your team with video and camera cabling.

Some of the video cabling services we provide include:

  • RF (Analog Signals): Radio Frequency (RF) devices require the use of BNC cables, F-Type coaxial cables, RF couples and adapters, as well as splitters, amplifiers, and switches to transmit the RF audio/video signal.
  • Composite Video (Analog Signals): Devices that have composite video and stereo audio connectors require cables, switches, converters, amplifiers, and adapters.
  • S-Video (Analog Signals): Carrying an analog video signal only, S-Video is a type of audio/video connector that requires S-Video adapter cables for converting S-Video to RCA and couplers so that you can connect multiple S-Video cables together.
  • Component Video (Analog Signals): Found on most audio and video devices, Component Video requires the use of cables, switches, converters, amplifiers and extenders.
  • RGB Video (Analog Signals): Though Analog RGB (red, green, and blue) isn’t especially common today, we can locate the right connector and cabling to get quality at a premium.
  • Digital Video (Digital Signals): High-quality digital video signals require connectors capable of transmitting large amounts of digital data from the source to the display.

Not only are we trained to set you up for success through the best video cabling services available, but we are also committed to teaching you about the process and helping you understand exactly what it is that we are setting up. We want you to understand as much about video and cabling services as possible, so that you are better equipped to make the best decisions for you and your business. Knowledge is power.

The team at Schaffhouser is ready to meet with you and help you achieve your electrical goals. Don’t hesitate to call us or send an email today to learn more and find out how our team can help you!