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Awareness – an Important Step in a Structured Approach to Energy Efficiency Implementation

road to awarenessWhen you think about successful initiatives in your organization, what are some key elements that lead to success? One thing that you probably thought of is that everyone in your organization needs to be aware that this initiative is taking place. This key element of success is also true of your energy program. To create a lasting and successful energy program, every person in your organization will have to be informed and get involved.

Involvement can mean a bunch of different things; from doing simple things like turning off the lights, to championing whole new initiatives. Ask people if they have ideas and if they have anything to contribute. Creating this awareness and fostering this willingness to change can be an uphill battle. In fact, research shows that problems engaging people is THE top reason projects fail. You are working so hard on this energy program, don’t let this engagement piece undo all your success!

In order to accomplish this awareness element, you will need a deliberate engagement strategy to communicate the program vision for change as well as the urgency. People will need to see where they fit in–what can they do to be a part of the change? Be interactive by creating a survey or asking people directly for suggestions.

Once you create and implement your awareness plan, an engaged workforce will begin to arise and they will care about saving energy and take ownership or the program. Your program will take on a life of its own, reaping rewards far beyond what an individual could accomplish. So don’t be shy. Go spread the message and create some awareness!

Six Key Elements to Guarantee Success with Strategic Energy Management Program

Strategic-GearsIs your organization looking for a way to save money? Most companies are. What if I told you, your organization could cut 5% – 15% or more in energy costs without making large capital investments?

Thriving in today’s market sector is a challenge, therefore, so many organizations are trying to costs, wherever possible, to stay competitive and be more profitable.

Now, energy costs are a budget item being reviewed and companies are trying to understand how to save in this area. For so long, energy bills have been viewed as rent, “Here’s our bill; lets pay it.” But we have found that this expense can be managed.

Unfortunately, most companies only realize a small percentage of the total energy that can be saved.

Why? There can be many reasons that an energy management program may not be successful.
• lack of commitment
• unsuccessful employee outreach
• not enough resources and funding
• too many competing priorities

And the list can go on and on. But you take a closer look at this list, most of these issues companies face lead directly to one common cause: the lack of a well-structured strategic energy plan.

In order for companies to achieve noteworthy energy and cost savings, energy needs to be managed just as other operational costs. To help organizations, Strategic Energy Group, SEG, facilitates a structured approach to energy management.

Strategic Energy Management (SEM), also known as Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI), provides participating organizations with a comprehensive approach to energy management practices. There are workshops and webinars delivered monthly to aid this implementation process. Some of the key learnings throughout the program are:
1. Attaining Organizational Commitment
2. Creating and Effective Team
3. Utilizing Team Walkabouts
4. Establishing Performance Tracking
5. Implementing Energy Awareness
6. Producing a written Strategic Energy Management Plan
(These 6 areas are valuable aspects of the programs and will be discussed in greater detail in future blogs.)

Basically, implementing strategic energy management is the foundation your company needs to achieve persistent energy and cost savings over the long term. Instead of just individual projects, energy efficiency will become an integral part of your day to day business . . . and that’s how you achieve savings of 5% -15%, or more.

So what are you waiting for? Start reviewing your energy information and reach out to SEG to understand how we can help your organization save.