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.
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