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Strategic Energy Management for Long-Term Savings

The most common approach to improving energy efficiency is to concentrate on one-time solutions, such as upgrading to a more efficient lighting or heating system. This type of limited methodology puts the focus on short-term savings at the expense of whole-building performance improvement. An organization-wide, strategic, energy-management program that sets goals and objectives and uses tracking and reporting can optimize long-term savings through continuous improvement. Careful planning, team work and follow through are necessary to develop a successful energy-management program. While every organization is different, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined a seven-step process for continuous improvement:

–Make a commitment. Successful energy management requires a commitment to allocate funding and resources for continuous improvement.

–Assess performance. Gather energy-use data and benchmark your facility against similar organizations.

–Set goals. Performance goals guide energy-management activities and serve as the basis for developing strategies, as well as measuring and tracking progress.

–Create an action plan. With performance data and goals in place, develop a systematic process to implement energy-saving measures.

–Implementation. Ensure that resources are available to carry out measures specified in the action plan and achieve goals and objectives.

–Evaluate progress. Examine your energy use and compare your performance to stated goals.

–Recognition. Recognizing achievements is a proven strategy for maintaining program success.

For more information and details about each of these steps, contact Campbell, Inc..

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