How Electrical Engineers Can Lead More Energy-Efficient Projects

Modern electrical engineering allows for better management of projects that lead to buildings that are more energy efficient and sustainable. There are various strategies that engineers employ to save and conserve electricity.

Energy management systems are controlled by artificial intelligence, and it gives individuals the means to be alerted when an emergency occurs in the electrical system. It can identify an overload or short in the electrical network of the building.

These computer systems can therefore make sure that electrical components and systems are maintained. Problems can quickly be identified and fixed, avoiding damage to equipment in the event of an outage or malfunction.

Engineers can use automation systems to optimise and monitor electrical operations or maintenance. Special automation devices can help the whole building to save on energy consumption. Lighting, power, air-conditioning, and security cameras can be remotely controlled, helping a building save on energy costs.

This means that lights, air conditioning, cameras, and a range of other devices can be switched off when they are not in use to conserve energy. Lighting control is especially important as a large percentage of a building’s energy consumption is due to lighting.

Ventilation and air conditioning may take up as much as 70% of a building’s electricity bill. This involves instances of space cooling, space heating, refrigeration, and cooking. Businesses can use energy-saving appliances and refrigeration, but automated settings may be the best way to cut back on energy consumption.

Automated settings can adapt heating/cooling based on occupancy. Occupants’ presence can be detected by remote sensors, and energy flow can be monitored and adjusted according to occupancy.

The intensity, time, and need for air-conditioning and lighting in a particular area can be connected to a building’s automation systems. These processes can all be monitored from a central building or room.

Power measurement devices can also be used to monitor the flow of electricity in a building. The raw data can be interpreted to get an indication of where electricity is being wasted or what areas of the building use the most electricity.

Accurate power measurement devices can be connected to a central hub that communicates valuable information to electrical engineers about the use of electricity in the building. Follow Blackbourne Integrated ME for more information on energy solutions.