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Create People-Driven Energy Conservation Programs in Your Company

June 29, 2010

The recent Global Financial Crisis created a wave of change in the way people, organizations and corporations in the way they operate their businesses or companies particularly in the area of utilization and management of energy. Several policies and changes in this area have been put forward, including the implementation of energy deregulation in several states like Texas and New York, giving constituents the power to choose their energy provider or electric companies.

However, despite all these changes and policies, cheap electricity for all is not yet a reality prompting communities and companies to continue implementing programs to save electricity. These actions include energy savings through equipment and facility re-design to more energy-efficient standards as well as reduction in consumption through people-driven energy conservation programs.

Many Texas electric companies as well as similar corporations from other states offer the public several suggestions on how to conserve energy and how they can implement electric savings programs in their own facilities. The following is a brief overview of such program implementations with the goal of enticing businesses and organizations, whether they are small enterprises to large conglomerates, to start their own energy conservation program drive.

The Merits of Energy Conservation in Your Company

The economic crisis has left a damaging hole in the finances of governments and corporations worldwide making recovery difficult or achievable only after a long time. Some of the negative impacts that this crisis had on the populace is the rash of layoffs and unemployment that gripped several parts of the country until now. These were brought about by companies shutting down or affected financially that they have no choice but to downsize.

However, many companies have the choice to recover some of the negative impact in their finances by gaining savings from the electricity usages. This is where people-driven energy conservation programs can come in. At do-it-yourself level, electric companies declared that practitioners can save as much as 7% from their electricity bills. On the other hand, a more concerted and well-planned energy savings program can give companies as much 20 to 30 percent savings from their utility expenses – a considerable amount that would impact their bottom line positively.

Considerations in Conducting Energy Conservation Programs

In Texas, Dallas or Houston electric companies are working with corporations regardless of size to establish an effective people-driven energy conservation program. There are certain considerations that these companies should take however, to gain the biggest returns from these programs. Some of these considerations include:

* Planning and Assessment

Each company or operation has their own unique processes that require a customized plan of action that would be critical in making their energy savings programs effective. Assessments should be done first, preferably conducted by experts in this field, to identify what areas in the company or organization could provide the highest results and biggest savings returns.

* Communicating with Employees

Since this would be a people-drive conservation program, it is critical that everyone in the organization is well educated with all the aspects of the program. Everyone, from management to staff and down to the ranks should know their roles in making the program a successful one. A single general meeting would not suffice to educate everyone in all aspects. Follow-up meetings and trainings would be required to properly disseminate all elements of the programs to the people who will implement these changes.

* Management Focus

Any program would not be effective without the support and focus of management. In a similar manner, every member of the management staff should they themselves be well educated in the program aspects and lead good examples for everyone to follow.

* Measure Results

Every project, including an electricity conservation program, should have results well-monitored to gauge the impact of their actions on the company’s electric bills. Monitoring results could be gauge for the company to follow, to determine if they are on the right path, or required changes should be made.

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  1. July 2, 2010

    With deregulation you could also further reduce your bills with power factor correction.

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