The phrase ‘you can’t manage what you don’t measure’ is a good introduction to why proper energy metering is a crucial step for an efficient energy management system to work successfully. If you want to save money by decreasing your energy bills with the help of proper energy management, you will have to collect data. This data will tell you more about your household’s profile in terms of energy consumption.
Energy metering is more than just a tool that allows electricity suppliers to provide their customers with bills at the end of each billing period. Traditional energy metering devices have to be supplemented with a smart energy meter combined with data loggers, and a proper gateway which set up all together allows the successful withdrawal of the data. This is the foundation of the next step – the energy management system.
Without the right hardware and its configuration meeting the requirements of a particular household’s energy profile, it would be impossible to establish the right strategy eventually leading to significant savings on the energy bills.