Here are three steps to better energy management in your business.
1. Get the top brass on board A chief executive who recognises energy as a strategic issue will foster a culture of good energy management amongst senior leadership, who can then influence attitudes and behaviours across a firm.
2. Appoint an energy champion Once there is buy-in from management, it is important that an internal ‘energy champion’ is given the responsibility for leading the charge. An external energy efficiency expert can help them put together an energy management plan, to sit alongside other business plans and processes.
3. Show them the money To realise the benefits that good energy management brings, you’ll need to invest some time and money. A typical return on investment is around three to one (for every dollar spent, three is earned) and for some projects, it can be as much as 30-1. Typical pay-back is around two years but it can be much faster in some cases.