Why is energy management important to your business? With the rising costs of powering a building already having an impact on the operational budgets of organisations everywhere, it’s easy to see that wasted energy adds no value to a business. So improving energy efficiency, whilst ensuring the wellbeing of occupants and maintaining productivity levels, can significantly improve operating costs by cutting energy bills.
Legislation is becoming more focused on energy management too, with a growing requirement to assess the amount of energy a business uses. Although this is challenging and creates more work for energy managers, it also offers the opportunity for a business to take charge of its energy consumption, and prompt the creation of an energy management programme that can lead to tangible cost-savings, as well as other benefits.
Many organisations use their ‘green’ credentials to promote themselves, both to potential new recruits and to customers for whom environmental concerns are important. The ability to demonstrate energy-savings can only improve an organisation’s standing.
However, one size definitely does not fit all when it comes to energy management. Different businesses have very different needs, which change over time, and energy management needs to be suitable for every individual organisation. Energy management plans need to be dynamic and constantly reviewed, ensuring they are robust enough to cater for current needs and nimble enough to respond to changing demands too. A plan needs to be constantly monitored and updated as part of an ongoing programme.
Of course, to have the greatest impact, energy management must be adopted across an organisation. Everyone, from the CEO and staff, to visitors and contractors must play a role in ensuring that energy is not misused, causing costs to rise and efficiencies to be lost.
It is difficult to know where to start, but there is help and guidance available. The IET’s Guide to Energy Management in the Built Environment has been designed to help energy and facilities managers to design suitable programmes for their businesses. It contains clear and concise information that can be developed and applied to a number of different building set-ups.
The Guide provides assistance in understanding the context of buildings and how to adapt the process to reduce the consumption of energy in a meaningful way.
The benefits of implementing an energy management programme speak for themselves. Learn more about how to create and maintain a programme for your organisation at www.theiet.org/em-guide2.
For more information on the standards provided by the IET for energy and facilities managers, see www.theiet.org/fm.