The Energy Barometer

Owning or occupying a green building by design is merely the initial step to contributing to the environment. Buildings are only 'green' if managed correctly and operational benchmarking can assist with that assurance.

As market leaders in performance visualisation and optimising energy use, Energy Cybernetics has developed the Energy Barometer, a tool to compare the energy consumption of buildings within a portfolio against each other on an 'apples-to-apples' basis. The Energy Barometer is a non-intrusive and cost-effective process to determine the stance of a client's energy consumption in relation to the market. Hotels, hospitals, office buildings, bank branches, motor car dealerships, etc have all used benchmarking successfully in determining which buildings within a portfolio will deliver the most savings. This assists in strategically determining where to start with energy management and energy efficiency initiatives.

Benchmarking is recommended on an annual basis utilising the monthly utility bills of each building and entering the information into the Energy Barometer tool. Information like climatic conditions, utilisation, size, etc is required for this entry as well. The Energy Barometer processes the information and delivers a comprehensive report on where each building in a portfolio ranks against the others, making recommendations on where to start with and energy efficiency and energy management plan.

The National Energy Barometer Survey

Energy Cybernetics has also made the Energy Barometer tool available to the South African building industry where a free benchmarking service in the form of the National Energy Barometer Survey is administered annually to compile an accurate database of building energy use information in the country. With support from the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA), the National Energy Barometer Survey was successfully rolled out for the 2009 utility year. In 2013, the Central Energy Fund (CEF) and the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) joined in support of the National Energy Barometer Survey for the 2012 utility year. The survey is an Energy Cybernetics non-profit industry development project to assist the country in facilitating the development of the energy efficiency industry and demonstrates our commitment towards an energy resilient industry.

The National Energy Barometer Survey carries many benefits including, but not limited to:

  • Total confidentiality and privacy of results – the client decides what needs to be made public.
  • All participants receive an emailed certificate of their ranking and may visually display their achievements, if they so choose, which helps create awareness amongst staff and the public.
  • Top achievers receive media exposure to communicate its responsible actions towards energy, approval from the client is required before publication.
  • Shortfalls on electricity consumption data availability from financial departments are highlighted.
  • Track whether a building's energy consumption is below or above the industry average.
  • Monthly & annual monitoring and tracking of energy performance.
  • Provides free annual monitoring of building's performance against other in the industry assisting building owners to track their energy efficiency investments.