Remotely read meters are the future

Do you have to read one or more of your meters manually every month? If so, you have probably noticed a change since October. That was when the EU energy efficiency directive (EED) came into effect, carrying obligations for all property owners with manually read meters.

The EU has the stated objective of making our buildings more energy efficient. As a part of this plan, 2020 will be a crucial year regarding the obligation to have remotely read meters. In practice, it means that no more manually read meters will be installed as from 25 October 2020. Moreover, all remotely read meters are to be read at least twice a year, with users receiving consumption data just as often.

As from 1 January 2022, it is to be possible to read meters remotely at least once a month, with users receiving information about their consumption with the same regularity. As from 1 January 2027, manually read meters will become history, because consumption meters in all buildings are to be read remotely.

For some consumers, these regulations will open doors to new opportunities to optimise energy consumption, put an end to a time-consuming task and help launch additional initiatives to boost energy- and climate awareness.

Major benefits of remote reading

Remotely read data – down to the individual hour – provide an extremely accurate image of energy consumption in your properties. You can see when energy is being used, and whether it is being used optimally. For example, you may notice consumption at night in a building where there are no people present. Having access to this information can be the first step on the path to more energy-efficient buildings, but the concept of remotely read data provides a host of other benefits as well.

First and foremost, remote reading frees up resources for other tasks. It is a time-consuming process to have employees walking from one meter to the next, entering consumption data manually – and there may be some months where the readings are not taken at all. MINENERGI2 is available on all digital platforms and makes it possible to enter data directly into a smartphone or tablet. However, data entry errors sometimes occur, even though the system triggers an alert in the case of improbably high consumption in relation to the previous reading.

Data can contain errors, and it can be hard to make improvements when consumption is only established once a month. Moreover, it can be difficult to determine the exact source of the energy wastage.

Do your meters live up to the new EU requirements for energy efficiency? You can find out more about the directive here or by visiting our partner, Brunata, here

Contact us on +45 46 14 14 60, for information about having remotely read meters installed in your buildings

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