Well for some, as a new way of 'seeing energy data simply' enters the market- I have to say it's a nice, clean, and easy to use.

Data can certainly be over-whelming. I have suffered from not being able to understand the flows of data in the past and trust me when I say I've tried very hard to understand this topic as much as possible.

Some of the confusion exists because it's been seriously over-complicated by companies trying to differentiate themselves and partly because it is quite technical and we just have to put up with that last fact.

Anyhow, we it comes to data in energy what we need it for isn't for a beautiful graph or heat map but to tell us in the simplest terms when we are over-using energy. If you combine this data with some knowledge on how and when your business should be using energy you can start to make some in-roads into lowering energy consumption.

As a business you can actually learn a lot by applying some quick learnt facts from a home energy monitor- the simplest to install and set-up of all. Essentially it's just a clamp- you clamp it round the main wire that comes into your house and it tells you home much energy is flowing through it at any one time.

If you are looking to try a monitor start with an OWL & USB CM160 for £40 or with a Loop at £30. The OWL is probably better if you are looking at your business although its only going to work up to small business levels due to the incoming wires getting too large for the clamps above a certain level (at this point your meter is likely able to provide the same data without a monitor anyway).

One thing to note on the Loop mentioned above is that it costs £4.99 per annum to access your data.

Anyhow, once up and running if you apply the same tricks from domestic energy monitors you will start to identify where and when you may want to focus your energy reduction initiatives.

Firstly, switch everything off (if you can). Secondly, go from room to room gradually turning on one device at a time and noting the impacts by room and by device. Thirdly, produce two tables; one for usage by room and one by device.

Just doing the above will lead you to focus on areas where you will actually be able to make a difference to energy consumption.

Having done all this you will need to set policy in your business that makes energy consumption a key performance indicator or you will need to come up with a way to automate your energy reduction (this may be by an internet connected building management system).

Which ever way you go seeing where and when you use the bulk of your energy consumption will assist in starting the journey.