Understand Energy Views

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Explore shows graphs of your facility’s energy data. You’ll be provided a set of pre-loaded graphs, and you can modify, create, and save custom graphs. There are two graph types:

Overlay Views

Overlay views compare one data set (also called a series) over multiple time frames.

Using an overlay graph, you can view one data series (such as Total Electric) and compare multiple time frames to identify variances and take action. Popular overlay views include:

  • This Week vs Last Week by 15-minute intervals
  • This Year vs Last 2 Years by monthly intervals

Overlay graph comparing kW  for three days

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Overlay graphs can display absolute time periods (e.g., 19 Apr 2019, 26 Apr 2019, 3 May 2019) or relative time periods (e.g., This Friday, Last Friday, 2 Fridays ago).

History Views

History view compares multiple data sets (also called a series) in a single, continuous time frame. With a history graph, you can:

  • Monitor more than one data set (e.g., Expected Energy vs Actual Energy) to view performance over time
  • Dynamically adjust time using the slider (at the base of the graph) or entering an exact date range (in the two date fields at the upper left corner)

History graph comparing Expected Energy vs Actual Energy

Analyzing Views 

Custom overlay and history graphs show your site’s energy, weather, and production or facility data. Monitor and analyze your SENSEI graphs regularly to understand your facility’s consumption trends and take action. Consider the following question prompts to analyze your facility’s energy use:

  • Does total recent consumption reflect typical usage trends?
  • Are there spikes or increases in consumption that require action?
  • How do recent events impact energy consumption?
  • Do recently completed projects affect energy consumption?
  • Did weather affect energy consumption in the last month?