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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!

The First Step in a Structured Approach to Energy Efficiency Implementation

Have you been thinking about starting an energy program? It’s a big commitment; but, if implemented properly, it can be a very profitable one. So once your organization gives the green light, make sure you follow a structured approach to begin this valuable program.
Strategic Energy Group (SEG), works with both Utilities and individual organizations to ensure this program implementation follows a structured approach. This structured approach is delivered in modules over a 12- 24 month timeframe and are designed to ensure organizations succeed.

costs b1One of the first, and perhaps the most important, steps to this program is gaining executive level sponsorship. If executive level support for your energy program stops with the initial approval, you program runs the risk of failure. Your program sponsor should be someone like the plant or facility manager, the superintendent, or the head person in your office.

What is the role of your sponsor? It is actually pretty simple. As you go throughout the implementation process, keep your executive sponsor engaged by scheduling recurring meetings and include them in program sessions and team meetings when available. Ensure that they sign the energy scope and policy, demonstrating support and then ask them to host an employee kick-off or add energy efficiency to important meeting agendas. Also, get approval for proposed improvements, asking your sponsor for suggestions and implementation ideas.

An involved executive sponsor will keep people on board and on track by adding a high level view of why this initiative is so important. And they can also ensure enough time and resources are provided to the team members.
In short, ensuring your sponsor is informed and involved, can guarantee that energy stays high on everyone’s priority list, and this can mean the difference between successful program implementation vs. creating a sustainable program.
So what are you waiting for? Go get your sponsor involved!