20x2020 Newsletter | Nov. 17, 2016

November 2016  

How to Use Place Group or Meter Group Filters in Reports

Many EnergyCAP reports can be filtered by Place Group and/or Meter Group. This is particularly helpful when you have created groups that represent characteristics or metrics of reporting interest. To create and manage groups, use the Groups & Benchmarking menu.

To add or modify a Place Group filter in a report:

  • Navigate to the “Reports” menu by selecting Reports from the green Main Menu bar.
  • Click to select the desired report from the various report lists. A sample report image and description will appear in the right pane of the application window. Then click Continue. A list of Current Filters and Additional Filters will appear.
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  • Click to select the desired filter (Place Group Name or Place Group Code) from the Current or Additional Filters list.
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  • Click to select the name or code of the desired Operator (some Groups will have more selection options than others).
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  • After choosing the desired Operator, select the desired Value(s) for the group filter.
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  • Click Save. That filter will then appear under the Current Filters list. Report data will be limited to those places included in the Place Group specified by the filter.

To add or modify a Meter Group filter in a report:

To add a Meter Group filter, follow the same procedure as above, but select a Meter Group name or code instead of a Place Group name or code.

NOTES: It is possible to have both a Meter Group filter and a Place Group filter set for a report. If exercising this option, however, use caution to avoid filtering all data, which would generate a blank report.  

EnergyCAP enforces uniqueness for Codes but not for Names.  If you have used the same display name for multiple codes (not recommended) then you will need to use the Topmost ... Code for filtering in order to avoid unintended results.

To view the members of a group, use reports SU36/37 and SU47/48, or click on the Group from the Groups & Benchmarking hierarchy.

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    Energy Saving Tip: Fall is Here

    Fall is here and the inefficient space heaters are making their appearances. To help prevent this, be proactive and start preparing for winter. Take time to inspect your building envelope, specifically checking for leaks around windows and doors, and weatherize where necessary and feasible. Ask your building occupants to check the vents and heating units in their areas and verify that they are unobstructed and not being used as extra shelf space. As temperatures change, make sure heating and cooling systems are only running when necessary and don’t forget to reprogram your automated systems for the new weather patterns.

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    Can’t See Your Savings? Let Us Shed Some Light on That

    Each individual has the opportunity to contribute to our goal of reducing energy consumption 20 percent by proactively finding small ways to help.

    Energy efficient lighting systems use the minimum amount of electricity necessary to provide the illumination required for the work being done. Inadequate lighting can affect worker productivity and health, but this may not always be a result of having too few bulbs. Along with discoloration, the accumulation of dirt and other particles can account for up to a 40 percent reduction in lighting efficiency.

    By gently cleaning your lighting fixtures and bulbs, you may find that as more of the light from each bulb reaches your work surface, you require fewer bulbs or fixtures for adequate lighting. Eliminating some bulbs or fixtures is an easy way to contribute to your energy savings goal.

    Before adding fixtures to an under-lit space, first ensure that the current fixtures and bulbs are clean and provide their maximum output.

    Best practices recommend a regular schedule of cleaning lighting fixtures should be integrated into each organization’s preventive maintenance routine. As a rule of thumb, this cleaning should be done twice a year. However, fixtures with excessive buildup (such as in a dusty environment) may require multiple cleanings a year. By following this recommendation, organizations can increase their energy savings and still have plenty of light to continue their important work.

    **Lenses and reflectors should be cleaned according to manufacturer specifications and only after ensuring that the necessary precautions have been taken.

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