Commercial buildings and campuses, long focused on energy efficiency, are now waking up to the fact that they can save on energy costs through demand management. By using a demand management system to control electrical loads based on utility meter readings, facilities can save up to 15 percent on their electricity bills.
A DMS, installed as an energy supervisory layer on top of a building management system (or several siloed control systems), allows commercial and campus facilities to fine-tune when they draw electricity from the grid in order to smooth out demand peaks and reduce their use of costly peak power. A DMS also enables reliable participation in automated demand response programs, which pay facilities for reducing their power use to relieve grid stress, and provides insight into equipment efficiency and performance. And because the facility manager sets temperature and other control parameters in the DMS, all these benefits are possible without compromising occupant comfort or safety.