Have you started your free trial of DEXCell Energy Manager but don’t know what to do next? We’re here to help by highlighting 3 key features to get the most from the DEXMA energy analytics platform from minute zero.
When you first start out in energy management, we say that you’re in the “awareness” stage. This is the moment to detect what is going on with your energy consumption. Start by asking:
- Where are we spending the most money on energy?
- Is performance lower in certain locations?
- Are all my meters working?
- What happened last night that created this peak consumption?
Therefore, the first tools you should try in your DEXCell Energy Manager demo account are related to the awareness stage of your energy management initiative.
Detecting what is going on, understanding the data you are getting from the field and being able to access, in a single view, the full picture of the energy consumption in a building is a mandatory step for any energy management plan.
Now we’ll show you 3 brilliant features that will help you detect what is going on with consumption.
If you already have your DEXCell demo account, open it now and we’ll walk you through the 3 essential features to help you manage your energy consumption.
1. Navigate Between Accounts
When you log into your DEXCell demo account, you’ll see this:
Essentially, what you see are 3 different accounts, set up with real life, real-time data so you can try the platform with actual energy consumption data.
When you work for an ESCO or a utility company as energy manager, normally you handle more than one project or client.
That’s why the first step to accessing the DEXCell demo properly is deciding which account you want to check first.
In the DEXCell demo, you can explore three accounts from three different industries:
- Corporate buildings: A large project involving a portfolio of corporate buildings scattered across Europe
- Supermarkets: This account also includes multi-location configuration.
- Industry: An example of a chemical factory with 2 locations.
My initial recommendation is that you play around and check how each one of these accounts is configured. You will find many differences between the projects included.
To come back to this screen, just click the DEXCell logo in the top left corner:
2. Dashboards: see what’s going on at a glance
Even though many energy software providers claim that they offer dashboards, at DEXMA we believe that ours are slightly different from the ones offered by our competitors.
Why? Well, first of all, the concept of dashboard itself should be:
- Simple to use & easy to set up
- Completely flexible
- Adaptable to any target: you can duplicate or create new dashboards from scratch for different targets in the company
So, after you play around with the accounts included in your DEXCell Demo, it’s time to do some hands-on work with dashboards.
Try to create one dashboard for yourself. Imagine that you want to check monthly energy consumption in the Corporate Building account.
Then go ahead and create a second dashboard for your CFO. The CFO is always interested in savings and is the one you’ll need ask for budget if your project needs more investment. (Looking to fund your energy project? Find some helpful financial resources here.)
3. Download a Report
The final feature I would recommend to you during your first hours with DEXCell Energy Manager is to try and generate a few reports.
The DEXCell report feature allows you to easily configure your own reports. The demo account enables you to take the advantage of using the pre-defined ones.
For example, here’s what a weekly consumption report looks like:
Did you like these tips? Remember that our support site is always there if you want to check more tutorials.
DEXCell Energy Manager is already used by more than 1,000 companies in 34 countries. We cover the energy analytics needs of more than 10,000 buildings – yours can be optimised too with our proven energy saving software.
That’s one of the main reasons we offer a free demo version of DEXCell, open to anyone who wants to try and test our energy management tools.