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FAQs

How do I start?

The Hawkeye Approach starts with a no obligation walk through of your facility. This allows Hawkeye's team to understand your goals and gather preliminary information. The next step is to come up with solutions that make sense for your facility.


How much energy can I save?

The April 2011 ASHRAE Journal states 15-45%. The U.S. national average is 33%. And since U.S. buildings account for almost 40% of all energy consumed, saving this amount of energy is significant and truly “green”.


Why sub-meter utilities such as power, gas, oil, water, steam?Energy Monitoring

Because there is so much that happens on an hourly basis between those monthly bills that you cannot see and therefore you cannot manage. And seeing energy usage on an hourly basis means base-lining, comparing and contrasting which empowers corporations to significantly reduce utility usage. Many of these basic techniques have been around for 40 years (at least!). But seeing utility usage on an hourly basis used to be tedious and was practically never done. However, with Hawkeye and today's web based, real time technologies the ‘tedious’ part is gone and the energy savings are here forever.

 


My operation does not really change so how can I save energy by metering my utilities?

  • Energy MonitoringHave the system settings been tested with energy consumption in mind? What is the energy impact of faster, slower, higher or lower? – The fact is that most systems are simply over designed and are run conservatively. With commitment to utility usage reduction, energy consumption will be reduced and Hawkeye will make sure it stays optimized.
     
  • Equipment and systems are always changing – Motors, bushings and bearings wear out. How does the system respond? It draws more energy! The system can draw more energy for weeks, months or even years before anyone will know. Hawkeye Talon™ shows system changes before they have a costly impact. System changes simply cannot hide from the Hawkeye Talon™ real time monitoring with data storage every 15 minutes!
     
  • Equipment Down Time – Wouldn't it be great if someone could warn you a week before a motor failed? Hawkeye Talon™ produces a base line energy usage from day one. This baseline information allows you to identify changes in energy usage. With the Hawkeye Talon™, the wasteful energy usage, the headaches and not to mention the down time can all be avoided.

Contractors, what are some of the advantages to you for helping your customers create an energy star energy management plan through Hawkeye Energy Solutions?

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What does it mean to baseline energy and utility usage?

Baselining utility usage means to establish a 'baseline' of utility usage similar to the red line in the chart below. Utilities such as power, gas, oil, water, steam, lighting and HVAC are connected with Hawkeye Talon™ and utility usage is recorded week-by-week, hour-by-hour or sometimes minute-by-minute.

Baselining utility usage helps identify problems and define Utility Management Plans. Fundamentally, baselining utility usage is the key to significantly reducing utility costs. These nasty demand peaks are wasted energy, wasted dollars and in many cases these peaks happen at the wrong times. Hawkeye Energy Solutions attacks these nasty red demand peaks and controls them with Hawkeye Talon™.

Baseline your energy usage

What are Demand charges?

Demand charges can account for up to 50% of the total energy bill for industrial and commercial users. Unfortunately, these charges exist whether your utility bill breaks them out or not. Utility companies typically track the highest energy demand for one short period of time. That period of time is usually only 15, 30 or 60 minutes. The utility company then computes the following 11 months of “demand charge” based on the highest single demand recorded in any of the last 11 months. Hawkeye Talon™ can track peak demand loads in real time. If demand loads rise past a critical point, the system can automatically email key personnel or it can be customized to automatically shed loads. This translates to significant energy cost savings. The Hawkeye Monthly Report package will assist you with identifying demand loads, setting up load shedding schedules and reducing demand load charges.


What are Demand Response Programs (DRP's)?

Many utility companies offer demand response programs to encourage customers to reduce energy usage during peak periods of demand. If your facility qualifies for a DRP, the cost savings can be significant. Hawkeye Talon™ has a built in DRP program response protocol. In response to a utility company signal, the system can automatically email key personnel or it can be customized to automatically shed loads. The Hawkeye Monthly Report package keeps you informed about new and changing utility programs. Demand charges can account for up to 50% of the total energy bill! 


What is power factor and power quality?

Many utility companies charge additional fees for low power factors. Low power factors are mostly caused by building inductive loads. Typical inductive loads include electric motors, arc welders, solenoids, induction heaters, lifting magnets and transformers. In addition to building inductive loads, electric equipment uses more power to overcome poor power quality. Poor power quality can be in the form of unbalanced voltage or voltage sags from the utility company, harmonic distortion or transient over-voltages. Hawkeye Talon™ monitors power factor and power quality to maximize your energy efficiency.

"Induction motors are generally the principle cause of low power factor because there are so many in use, and they are usually not fully loaded . The correction of this condition of LOW power factor is a problem of vital economic importance in the generation, distribution and utilization of a-c power."

Energy Management Handbook, by Wayne C. Turner, Steve Doty, Sixth edition


What is EPACT 2005?

The "Commercial Building Tax Deduction" establishes a tax deduction for energy efficient building expenditures made by a building owner. A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50% of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Partial deductions of up to $.60 per square foot can be taken for measures affecting any one of three building systems: the building envelope, lighting or heating and cooling systems. These tax deductions are available for systems placed in service from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2013. Hawkeye Energy Solutions will work with state and federal agencies to maximize incentives for your projects.

www.energy.gov


What State and Local Incentives are available?

A variety of state and local incentives are available for renewable energy and energy conservation projects. Please use the following link to find the state incentives in your area.

www.dsireusa.org


What is Tenant Cost Allocation?

The energy usage of one tenant is never the same as the next. Property managers can reduce the headaches of unhappy tenants and constant turn-over with Hawkeye Talon™. Hawkeye Talon™ is ideal for tenant energy cost allocation. The system is affordable, reliable and expandable and it is web based for easy access. The monthly, weekly or even daily reports are also simple and easy to read. Reduce your headaches and increase the value of your properties by sub-metering with Hawkeye Talon™.


What is Measurement and Verification?

Operating schedules and system settings are crucial for achieving energy savings. Hawkeye Talon™ provides reliable and accurate energy usage information on existing systems which makes it easy to back up capital expenditures on energy saving upgrades. Whether a system is new or it is upgraded, energy saving goals are achieved by monitoring energy usage.


Are any LEED points available?

Energy Monitoring goes hand in hand with United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED certification. Up to 3 points are available for installing energy monitoring under Measurement and Verification EA Credit 5.

www.usgbc.org


Is Monitoring Positive?

Monitoring energy is great for company image and it is a win-win situation for employers and employees alike. Studies have shown that facilities can save up to 5% of energy costs by simply making employees and/or departments accountable for energy usage. When employees become aware of energy usage, it becomes a game to exceed energy saving goals. Employees feel more involved, the work place is greener and the bottom line is improved.


Who are Hawkeye's ‘Partners in Saving Energy’?

  • CFO's
  • IT Managers
  • Facility Managers
  • Energy Managers
  • Engineers and Architects