Best practices simplified

Making your job easier

Managing your building's energy use is a tough job. You are faced with a number of challenges and priorities as well as opportunities. By implementing energy management best practices, you can customize and implement proven techniques and management concepts to achieve superior energy performance.

As an energy manager, one of the biggest challenges you may face in implementing your long-term energy-saving action plans might just be managing your building occupants' behaviour. You no doubt have some degree of control over both the technological and organizational elements of your organization. However, you may not have the same degree of influence over the behaviour of your building occupants.

What is an "energy management best practice"?

Energy management best practices are proven, non-technical techniques or methodologies that revolve around the "softer" issues such as behavioural change arising from increased awareness, training, accountability and information systems that result in energy savings.

Committing to energy management best practices will give you the tools you need to instil a deep-rooted, company-wide culture of energy efficiency in your organization - making your job a little easier.

The softer side of energy management

Energy management best practices are activities, methods or approaches that an organization uses to integrate an energy management mindset within an organization. They are proven strategies that best-in-class organizations have used repeatedly to become more energy efficient and save money while improving the environment.

Consider the following components as key attributes that contribute to a "best practices-based approach" for energy management:

  • Top-level leadership endorsement is embodied in an energy policy. Once obtained, this commitment to energy efficiency from senior managers creates the foundation for establishing energy performance goals and integrating energy management best practices into an organization's culture and operations.
  • Energy management planning supports the commitment of reducing energy consumption and combines other management functions such as measurement standards, information systems and budget allocation. It involves routinely collecting and tracking energy consumption data to establish baselines, managing energy use and prioritizing investments. Clear accountability for energy management is established in addition to routine and effective reporting.
  • Marketing and communications plans and activities play an integral role in ensuring that the organization's energy policy and plans are public knowledge. Making these plans and policies known to all building occupants will likely have a positive impact on occupant behaviour. It is also equally important to routinely convey your organization's commitment and progress to stakeholders.
  • Skills and knowledge are recognized as important. It is a fact that upgrading the knowledge and skills of building staff contributes to sustainable energy savings. A training plan and a dedicated budget for energy management training are maintained.

When they are successfully implemented, best practices lead to reductions in energy consumption in economical and achievable ways. At the same time, these practices maintain high standards of comfort, service and productivity.

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