FAQ | Learn How Energy Management Software will enable you to reduce energy consumption

Monitoring, Targeting & Reporting

Energy Management is the process of minimizing utility consumption while maintaining optimal occupant comfort in buildings, and production rates in industry. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and therefore the monitoring and analysis of utility consumption and GHG emissions data is critical to any effective energy management program.

Utility accounting, also known as Energy Accounting or MT&R (Monitoring, Targeting and Reporting), is a method of actively measuring and analyzing energy and utility consumption data on a regular basis, and using that information to inform and direct energy management efforts. Energy and utilities costs are not fixed costs. Instead organizations that are able to measure energy consumption and take action on energy saving opportunities can gain a significant degree of control over their utility bills. Utility Accounting is a key tool in gaining that control.

Our Services

No, PUMA is a web-based application. All you need to use it is internet access.

  • A customizable dashboard for a quick overview of year-to-date performance
  • Consumption history, by meter or consolidated by site or project
  • Performance reports: Building Energy Performance Index (BEPI) and Building Energy Cost Index (BECI), consolidated by site or project
  • Emission reports consolidated by site or project, year to year or site comparison
  • Savings with respect to your custom baseline – meter level or consolidated, including Cumulative Sum of savings (CUSUM)
  • Administrative reports for viewing your baseline information and most recent billing dates.
Our data is as up to date as the latest utility bill available to Prism. Typically, data is entered on a bi-weekly basis.
Data is entered into PUMA from your online utility accounts, from your utility bills, or provided by you in a preformatted spreadsheet for upload onto the PUMA database. Data can be entered by you or PUMA staff and automated import routines can help streamline the task.
PUMA services are priced on a per-meter basis. The price varies depending on the complexity of obtaining data and rate structure from the provider, as well as the required method of data input.
Yes, live training will be provided for all new software users. We also provide online tutorials, FAQs and a quick contact link to PUMA user support.

Absolutely. Contact us today to set up a live demo of PUMA software: puma@prismengineering.com or 604.298.4858.

Functionality

  • PUMA's consolidated billing data makes it easy to report on overall costs, consumption, emissions and savings.
  • The software's default output is a SMARTTool upload spreadsheet, which allows PUMA users to directly upload building energy data to the BC Government's SMARTTool software.
Reports are presented in tabular as well as graphical format. They are available to view online in HTML, to export in Excel, or to download as a PDF.
Yes, PUMA intakes your billing cost break down and provides you reports to analyze your cost data in various consolidation levels. For example, you can view your overall cost (monthly normalized to allow consolidation amongst meters), your cost intensity per unit area (multiple year comparison for one site, or compare all your sites and identify the best and worst performers), or cost savings (weather corrected, and compared against your baseline).
Yes, PUMA features customized GHG reports that are available on a meter level, site level or overall project level. The GHG emission factors used for the reports are determined by your reporting needs.
Yes, reports can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet or saved as a pdf or HTML file.
You can customize the details shown on each report and you also have the option to save the settings of a report in order to generate that report more quickly in the future.
Yes, you are able to group any combination of sites or meters and label that group with a customized grouping title (e.g. by region, building type, etc…). PUMA also allows you to generate reports for these groupings.
Prism will analyze your historical consumption using linear regression and work with you to set up an appropriate baseline.
Yes, hourly weather data, provided by Environment Canada, is uploaded to PUMA for weather correlation analysis of the baseline and for weather correction of savings.
Yes, the reports available in PUMA can help you quickly list sites beyond a certain consumption threshold, energy use intensity, or performance changes.
BC Hydro does not currently provide computer-to-computer access to smart meter data, so PUMA is unable to display this information in real time. PUMA can connect to other types of liver meters, and can display energy information to as granular as daily and in some cases minute-to-minute information. Please contact us for more information.

PUMA works with all major web browsers, but works best on Google Chrome. For best results & fully functionality we recommend all PUMA users use Google Chrome.

PUMA uses standard web-technologies including javascript. PUMA does not use or require Java to be installed.