The success of a company’s energy management program depends on more than just the energy manager, according to a new white paper from Drumbeat Energy Management, which outlines these 12 steps to success.
1. Management Commitment. Senior Managers need to give their full support to the campaign from the outset. Key areas include releasing staff for training, ensuring that energy management is on the agenda at board meetings and releasing funds. It is also vital that middle managers be fully behind any initiative.
2. Funding. Most campaigns that fail usually have one thing in common: they are attempted on a shoestring budget. To run an effective campaign, the investment level needs to be between 1 to 2 percent of the total annual utility bill.
3. Response Resources. Once management has raised staff awareness, it needs to respond to the number of ideas, suggestions and questions generated by the campaign. If people do not get a response, they may lose interest.
4. Technical Staff Involvement. Technical and energy management staff must be personally involved in the campaign, rather than delegating it to a consultant or a junior member of staff.