For building owners and facility managers, reducing energy consumption is a top priority—as it ultimately has a big impact on the bottomline. This is especially vital in the case of public facilities such as schools where budget are tight. More often, technology is being used to gather building data in order to identify inefficiencies.

Such was the case in Burlington, Vt., where the local school district sought energy-management technology to identify areas where energy efficiency could be heightened.

Burlington School District, www.bsdvt.org, Burlington, Vt., had been deploying energy-management applications and services in three of the eight schools in the district, and recently made the move to extend the use of the technology across all eight facilities. Due to the fact data was already streaming into the existing platform, the economics and deployment time for this particular technology was compelling for the staff at the Burlington School District.

With EfficiencySMART Insight from EnerNOC, www.enernoc.com, Boston, Mass., in place in the buildings, the facilities team can gather data related to energy usage and ultimately make decisions that will have an impact on the budget. The cloud-based solution analyzes building energy data and identifies opportunities to improve energy efficiency of a facility through analytics and diagnostics.

In the case of Burlington School District, the district also worked with EnerNOC analysts to develop energy-efficient measures, including peak-demand charges, smarter start-up and night-setback schedules, preventative maintenance, and other changes that have had a significant impact on annual energy spend. With analytics and reporting, the technology allows the district to better manage its energy use.

For facilities managers, particularly those in the public sector, tight budgets mean finding a way to cut costs. Technology can certainly help increase efficiencies in a number of areas within a facility. Energy management is just one example that is gaining more momentum as of late.