Greg Baker, C.E.M., C.E.A.
Track C | Energy Manager's Summit
Really successful energy conservation and efficiency program implementation now demands a whole new toolkit. A statewide energy efficiency program has, in the past several years, swapped out some of its older tools and now has new ones that promote customer awareness of energy waste and inefficiency. This paper examines three essential new tools. The first is a playbook on how to think about implementing an employee engagement program, using talk cards, opportunity tags, energy board ideas, and well-informed newsletter content. The second is the sleeping plant tour. This tactical approach involves touring a facility during its quietest hours, helping the facility’s staff to uncover inefficiency with their own eyes and ears. Asking the plant manager if systems are turned off at the end of the work week is one thing, but investigating what is actually left running can be a big learning moment, and one filled with energy efficiency program opportunities. The third new tool is the use of Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS), which indicate to plant employees how well their facilities or systems are performing. EMIS especially allows facility operators to decide on changes and to investigate performance irregularities. This paper evaluates the program’s success to date, and guides energy efficiency implementers through the steps for engaging industrial customers’ employees in making significant building energy improvements.
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