It's that time of year again - the perfect moment to take a step back, take stock and review our energy management projects to understand what went well and what might be improved next year. What better way to start than with a quick refresher on which topics and energy management articles have been the most popular this year on the Energy Analytics blog?Read on to find out if your favourite post made the Top 10 list...
Thinking of jumping on the solar bandwagon now that prices have bottomed out and it's cheaper than ever to generate your own energy? Bear with me for a moment and consider the following: are you putting the cart before the horse? As cliché as it may sound, any approach to energy management should be looked at holistically and not from an individual solution perspective, argues energy manager Damon Lapping of Green Logik.
Did you know that more than half of senior business managers have no idea how their companies buy energy? Ouch. And nearly 50% also confess to a "limited understanding" of how much energy costs their business, according to a recent YouGov survey of more than 750 senior executives across the UK.
Welcome to the 4th edition of DEXMA Partner Spotlight! This month we are highlighting Eniig, the third-largest electricity supplier in Denmark.Eniig, a word that means "united" in Danish, is also a co-operative, owned by nearly 400,000 members. The group was formed by a merger between EnergiNord, EnergiMidt and Aalborg's Himmerlands Elforsyning (HEF) and today consists of 1,000 employees.For this edition of the DEXMA Partner Spotlight, we spoke with Martin Brix Kortegaard from Eniig's energy management technology consulting division. Read on for some of the best snippets of our conversation:
Industrial energy efficiency is all the rage thanks to public support initiatives for "Industry 4.0". But how does this trend translate into an actual energy management plan in the industrial sector? Is it possible to save energy in factories without a major investment? Get inspired by the TACSA success story, implemented by DEXMA partner 3ex4.
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: