How can you squeeze more value from your energy management resources?

Implementing energy improvement projects should be a no brainer – you save energy, you save money and you reduce carbon footprint. But even when the financial argument is irrefutable and a reasonable payback is anticipated, energy managers often struggle to get sign off for capital projects.

Posted on 11 August 2016.

Image result for Squeezing Oranges ActionSo, how can you achieve energy reduction targets without committing to capital expenditure for improvement projects?

Your employees could be your most powerful asset in achieving and sustaining energy and cost savings. They know your business processes and operations better than an outside consultant, and can be best placed to identify and implement energy saving opportunities.

So why not engage all your staff in your energy saving targets by making each and every one of them a champion of energy saving?

We know that savings achieved through changing behaviours can equal or exceed savings made through capital investment projects – at a fraction of the cost! We know how changing behaviour can have a direct and significant impact on saving energy.  For example, we worked with one client to deliver a best practice LED lighting project which required a capital investment of £480k.  The project was a real success and achieved energy savings representing 7½% p.a. of total site consumption.  We delivered a behaviour management training programme to the same client for £50k and they also achieved similar energy savings of 7½% p.a.

We delivered an energy training programme for Bristol Water recently and it was unanimously agreed by delegates that the energy training delivered was interesting and relevant and that it would change their approach to using energy at work.  The bespoke training programme focussed on encouraging staff to identify for themselves any opportunities to save energy within their own organisation.   During the training, a substantial register of over 190 energy savings opportunities was compiled by delegates.  In the last 45 minutes of the last session alone the delegates themselves identified £11,000 of potential savings.

“Bristol Water has a robust strategy to make energy efficiencies and reduce its carbon footprint.  By implementing this very effective training programme the knowledge we require to do so is firmly embedded within the organisation,” Rebekah Rice, Bristol Water.

“Organisations looking to reduce their energy consumption often focus on capital investment projects.  We have proven time and time again that as many savings can be made at a much lower cost through behaviour training,” comments Jes Rutter, Managing Director, JRP Solutions.