5 Steps to Becoming a Better Energy Manager
So, you’re an energy manager. But, are you the best energy manager you can possibly be? The energy management professionals at Electro Industries have created the quick five-step guide to help put you on the path to success…
Step #1: Start with what’s easy.
Starting your goal of saving money and energy doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, there are probably several improvements around your office just waiting to be made. Some quick and easy ways to save energy include:
Replace your light bulbs with LEDs.
Change your air filters and have your HVAC system serviced twice per year.
Unplug electronic devices and equipment when they are not in use to prevent “phantom energy”.
Look into your building’s operating schedule to make sure it isn’t running while vacant (such as overnight or on weekends).
Step #2: Track your utility payments.
Keeping a record of your past utility payments will provide better insight into the big picture of your facility’s energy consumption. Are you using more or less energy than last month? Last year? If you are using less, what changes did you make? If you are using more, what changes can you make?
Step #3: Identify areas of weakness.
Every business is different, and every business has different energy consumption trends. Do some investigating around your facility and identify where most of your energy is being used – these areas will likely provide the most room for improvement.
Step #4: Benchmark your data.
Benchmark your energy consumption data by comparing it to another point of reference. This can be past data from your facility, numbers from another location in your company, data from a competitor, or an industry average. Any of these will provide you with a good idea of how energy-efficient your facility really is.
Step #5: Always strive for improvement.
As an energy manager, your job is never done. Even if you have already reduced your company’s carbon footprint by a significant margin, there is still room for improvement. You need to be able to prove your value to your company, and the easiest way to do so is by continuously providing tangible savings.
Power monitoring equipment – such as the meters and software available from Electro Industries – can be an energy manager’s best friend. These instruments provide a real-time view of your energy consumption, and can pinpoint usage to specific departments, operations, or pieces of equipment. Visit our website to learn how an energy management system can help you reduce energy waste by 20% or more, or give us a call at 866-928-7908.