Guidelines for Energy Management
Energy star releases a lot of good information about how to save energy and in return money. For Energy Star the most successful energy management strategy is a seven step process. The first step of the process is to make a commitment, not just a one time commitment, but an ongoing continuous commitment. This could involve creating an energy team and instituting an energy policy. For this commitment process you could also invest in software and equipment that will continuously monitor your buildings performance. This ties into step two of the process, to assess performance.
Assessing performance includes gathering data, analyzing data, establishing baselines, and benchmarking. All of these key aspects can easily be performed by Continuous Energy Management and Optimization (CEMO). This important second step paves the way for the rest of the energy management system. You can hire someone to come in and conduct an audit, but what happens as things change? The CEMO system gives you real-time data that allows you to set goals, which is the third step in the process.
There are entire seminars offered on setting goals and various guidelines written for how you should set goals. Looking at one method, known as the S.M.A.R.T method, we know that goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. CEMO allows you to see your usage and set attainable goals, it also allows you to measure your results and dial in on specific data. Offering the ability to monitor historic data allows you to verify that your goals are being carried out in a timely and realistic manner. Thanks to CEMO’s ISO qualified Network Operations Center (NOC), which provides ongoing advice and analysis, you can use CEMO to help create an action plan, which is the fourth step in the process.
For the fifth step involves implementing the action plan that you have designed using the data you gathered. For a lot of companies this can be the hardest part. With CEMO this is one of the easiest and simplest steps in the list. Thanks to CEMO’s web based dashboards you can easily raise awareness, communication, and training of staff. The systems ability to track and monitor results allows you to increase motivation and success rates. It has been proven that when people can see direct results they are more motivated to continue making improvements.
Having the CEMO system in place will allow you to easily complete the sixth step in the process, which is to evaluate progress. Since all of your baselines and goals are stored on the CEMO system making sure you have met those goals is as simple as opening your web-browser. CEMO allows you to view historical data, test that data against baselines, and even monitor your carbon footprint reductions. Using this data you are able to conduct the seventh and final step which is to recognize achievements. Reinforcement is the best way to make sure good behavior is maintained, and through recognition, especially with hard data to back it up, you can maintain your energy management plan.