With energy costs rising and an increasing number of environmental alarms turning on, it is more important than ever to make companies as eco-friendly as possible. Energy management is one of the ways to decrease your company's carbon footprint and reduce the bill at the end of the month. While a large number of firms are turning to the ISO 50001 to manage their energy supply, every company should be concerned by this issue - especially the Small and Medium Enterprises with limited resources.
We will today discover seven tips to easily implement energy management and why it is important for SMEs.
Energy management and SMBs - why it matters
Energy management defines the process of controlling consumed energy and resources in order to protect the climate and save on operational costs while keeping permanent energy access. While protecting the climate should be at the heart of every individual, SMBs and especially young companies should also see energy management as an easy way to save money at the end of the month. By analyzing the current processes in your company, you can permanently cut costs with more energy efficient procedures and at the same time attract new customers due to your eco-consciousness.
Best practice: Seven tips for energy management
We have gathered seven tips for SMBs to easily implement efficient energy management in their companies:
Build a dedicated energy teamIn order to keep energy management active in your company, you need to have one person or one team in charge of this task. At the same time motor and reference point, this person (or team) can influence business decisions and support the company in its energy transition.
Build data basisAs Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interests”. To know where to start and have comparison material for the future, you will need to gather utility bills but also as much information as possible through real time data, production data and benchmark data.
Define SMART goalsOnce you have your current status, you can define the goals for your first energy management project. To be doable, these goals have to be Specific - Measurable - Achievable - Realistic - Time-based. It is important here to define in advance the time given for this project and specific tools to measure the progress made.
Implement an Energy Management System (EMS)In order to easily follow up on your energy management progress, implementing an EMS such as the ISO 50001 and its PDCA Cycle can help you stay on track and make constant progress.
Energy CommitmentImplement energy management deep in your company by making it one of your core values. It will reflect on your work as well as on your team, but it will also keep your company involved and committed to energy management.
Finance further projects with savings made with initial projectEnergy management is not a one shot project but a long term engagement where the current situation can always be improved. A good way to finance these projects is to reinvest the savings from implementation of previous energy project initiatives. By doing so, you will always have a self financed energy management project going on and continuously improve your energy balance and bills.
Communication internally and externallyLast but not least: communicate your progress! By communicating internally your progress with your teams and explain the reason of your commitment, they will become actively engaged with energy management and naturally participate to the project. You also need to communicate externally your engagement via press releases or your website. It will exhibit your eco-conscious intentions, can influence your business partners to follow the same path and also attract new customers.
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