Time to face facts: the term "energy efficiency" simply isn't sexy.
Energy manager readers of this blog know it better than anyone else: uttering this bland phrase generates skeptical squints, a few eyerolls, or at best, a half-hearted shrug among colleagues and customers alike.
So why is energy efficiency met with such indifference? And what can be done about it, if anything?
Good news: there's a groundbreaking initiative out there that's changing the way businesses are talking about energy management, and you can become a part of it! Read on to discover more...
Does your business need its own energy manager?
Should you rely on internal resources to start your energy management journey?
Or seek external assistance from an ESCO, especially for financing help? (If you don't even know where to begin looking for money, check this previous post on funding resources for energy efficiency projects).
For a quick overview about what energy managers do, what professional skills to look for and how energy management in general might fit into your business model, no matter what your company does, check out this infographic:
More and more companies are realising the transformational benefits of setting an ambitious energy productivity goal. They range from huge cost savings and improved energy security to driving innovation throughout the company. And crucially, many companies are achieving an immediate impact on profitability as well as safeguarding future returns.
Companies large and small can seize these opportunities by committing to doubling energy productivity through the EP100 initiative, from The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, as part of the We Mean Business coalition.
In this special guest post, EP100 Director Jenny Chu lays out 3 reasons why companies are making a formal commitment to double their energy productivity:
Did you know that 60% of your hotel's carbon footprint comes from energy use? Not only that, but your bottom line is affected too: energy use is eating up 6-10% of your property's revenues. It might not be your biggest operating cost - but it's the one growing fastest! Besides, when it's so easy to do a little hotel energy management, what hotelier wouldn't want to save money on their next electricity bill?
Plus, your customers actually want greener hotels - but they aren't necessarily willing to sacrifice higher rates or forgo any kind of luxury. If you are in the hospitality industry, read on to learn how to balance an optimal guest experience with properly implemented hotel energy management:
"Tomorrow’s energy is decentralised, decarbonised and digital,” says Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator Director Freerk Bisschop. As an energy professional, staying updated with the latest industry trends also means keeping an eye on the up-and-coming energy innovators.
That's why we're so excited to share our picks for the most promising energy startups to watch in 2017.
How did we choose? Easy: our top energy startups to follow do one or more of the following:
connect prosumers, electric vehicles, storage and demand
use Big Data, machine learning algorithms and IoT connectivity
focus on energy cyber security
build the potential to change the energy marketplace
boost business models for energy efficiency and/or renewables
What will the energy industry look like in 2017? We’ve scanned heaps of energy headlines and sorted through all the news and views so you don’t have to! Take a look at the five trending topics we’re watching:
It’s our second year performing the annual DEXMA Energy Efficiency Survey, with the main aim of understanding your energy innovation challenges and exploring new opportunities to help make your work as energy managers easier and simpler. And the results are ready! Get your Free copy now: