EST has adopted the ENERGY STAR® guidelines for Energy Management as a framework for its energy management program. These guidelines have been developed by identifying the successful practices used by ENERGY STAR® partners. These Guidelines primarily address corporate and organization-wide energy management practices.
Through our partnership with ENERGY STAR®, EST offers a proven strategy for superior energy management with tools and resources to help each step of the way. Based on the successful practices of ENERGY STAR® partners, these guidelines for energy management can assist your organization in improving its energy and financial performance while distinguishing your organization as an environmental leader.
STEP 1: Commit to Continuous Improvement
Organizations seeing the financial returns from superior energy management continuously strive to improve their energy performance. Their success is based on regularly assessing energy performance and implementing steps to increase energy efficiency. No matter the size or type of organization, the common element of successful energy management is commitment. Organizations make a commitment to allocate staff and funding to achieve continuous improvements.
STEP 2: Assess Performance
Understanding current and past energy use is how many organizations identify opportunities to improve energy performance and gain financial benefits. Assessing performance is the periodic process of evaluating energy use for all major facilities and functions in the organization while establishing a baseline for measuring future results of efficiency efforts.
STEP 3: Set Goals
Performance goals drive energy management activities and promote continuous improvement. Setting clear and measurable goals is critical for understanding intended results, developing effective strategies, and reaping financial gains. Well-stated goals guide daily decision-making and are the basis for tracking and measuring progress. Communicating and posting goals can motivate staff to support energy management efforts throughout the organization.
STEP 4: Create Action Plan
With goals in place, the organization is now poised to develop a roadmap to improve energy performance. Successful organizations use a detailed action plan to ensure a systematic process to implement energy performance measures. The action plan is regularly updated, most often on an annual basis, to reflect recent achievements, changes in performance, and shifting priorities.
STEP 5: Implement Action Plan
People can make or break an energy program. Gaining the support and cooperation of key people at different levels within the organization is an important factor for successful action plan implementation in many organizations. In addition, reaching goals frequently depends on the awareness, commitment, and capability of the people who will implement the projects.
STEP 6: Evaluate Progress
Evaluating progress includes formal review of both energy use data and the activities carried out as part of the action plan as compared to the performance goals. Evaluation results and information gathered during the formal review process is used by many organizations to create new action plans, identify best practices, and set new performance goals.
STEP 7: Recognize Achievements
Providing and seeking recognition for energy management achievements is a proven step for sustaining momentum and support for your program. Providing recognition to those who helped the organization achieve these results motivates staff and employees and brings positive exposure to the energy management program. Receiving recognition from outside sources validates the importance of the energy management program to both internal and external stakeholders, and provides positive exposure for the organization as a whole.
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