What is Tru-Use™?

Tru-Use™ is a combination of load-profiling equipment and methodologies developed to bridge the informational gap faced by facilities that lack access to a building management system, or BMS. Billing data from local utilities is commonly used for project development and economic analysis, mainly because it is the only data available. Utility data is a good starting point, but it can only allow for estimation of key parameters within a facility. There is no way to account for details accurately with only this data, which why Tru-Use™ was developed. Tru-Use™ allows for continuous monitoring of facility loads and generation, which are often key to improving a building’s carbon footprint.
For more details, download our Tru-Use™ Data Sheet here.

Electrical Monitoring

Each Tru-Use™ unit is capable of measuring up to 4 circuits individually, but units can easily be “daisy-chained” together to measure as many circuits as desired. The installation requires no interruption of utility electrical power to install, whether the install is permanent or temporary.

Thermal Monitoring

Like electrical monitoring, thermal monitoring of liquid and/or gas flows can be done on a permanent or temporary basis. Ultrasonic flow meters provide thermal data for all Tru-Use™ systems, so no pipe cutting is required for monitoring.

Why implement Tru-Use™?

There is a reason why billing data is relied on for project development and economic performance analysis – it is the only data available for the majority of buildings. Unless a facility has a BMS/EMS, or is fitted by the utility for interval data collection, there is no means of getting load profile data.

Tru-Use™ accomplishes the following without a facility having to install a costly BMS:

Each electrical “box” can monitor up to four (4) three-phase circuits (maximum of 480 volts) and provide live online access to the data. In addition to electrical data, the unit is capable of importing data from other systems by MODBUS protocol – thermal meters can be accessed online by the same “box” as the electric data.
Any installation we do can be temporary or permanent, depending on what the facility wants to gain from it. Since the metering equipment is minimally invasive, removal is very simple and leaves no lasting modifications to the facility’s structure or any of it’s energy systems.
If a facility provides internet access, or cellular data is available within the space, all data logged by the “box” is able to be viewed in real-time via the internet with our client login system.
We’re all about saving our client’s money, but if we don’t know what parts of building operation are costing the most, it’s difficult to improve said operations. Tru-Use™ metering allows for the accurate tracking of what is going where, so we know exactly what to target.
Establishing a true baseline when working solely with averages is very difficult; without an accurate baseline, any project evaluations can wrongly be skewed in favor of or in disfavor of said project. Better data means better baselines, and we can know for certain that a project is right for a facility.
Project potentials are the key measures as to why a facility should do the project. Project performance verification after implementation is the bridge between the theoretical (potential) and the real world. Verification ensures the new system is working as was designed, and also shows us where the potential for more improvements lie within any parts of the existing system.
Tru-Use meters can be used to supplement NYSERDA CHP monitoring data for preparation of monthly cost –benefit analysis of CHP installations once they are online and fully operational.

Tru-Use™ Implementation Sites

Many of the sites where we have implemented Tru-Use™ go hand in hand with where we have also done cogeneration work or energy system consulting. As we said earlier, knowing what you use is key to figuring out how to reduce it, so Tru-Use™ is our go to for facilities that would require the use of utility billing for feasibility analysis.

CBAR is an acronym for Cost Benefit Analysis Reporting, which is a monthly service DSMEA provides to our clients. These reports provide a detailed performance analysis of cogeneration performance in a facility.