Successful Energy Managers Follow these 10 Tactics

February 2, 2016 By Jennifer Hermes

10 tactics of successful energy managers

This article is sponsored by EnergyCAP.

Energy managers have an exciting job, with a unique opportunity to play a key role in an organization’s success. But a number of difficult challenges can make the job frustrating.

The smartest and most successful energy managers have the skills and know-how to avoid obstacles and difficulties to achieve success in energy savings, dollar savings and process efficiencies.

By taking advantage of a number of tactics used by those in the most successful organizations and laid out in a new eBook from EnergyCAP, energy managers have a far better chance of achieving and promoting energy efficiency throughout their organization.

The strategies laid out by EnergyCAP in the eBook include technical tactics as well as “soft skills.” Some of these include:

Discover the meaning in raw data: For most people, the immense quantity of data contained in their utility bills is overwhelming: it’s just too much data, like the visible stars in a clear night’s sky. But the successful energy manager is able to fit those stars together and understand just how they form a constellation. By relating each individual utility bill to all the others in the system, the energy manager is able to bring meaning to the raw data. And this is vitally important, because utility data tells a story about your organization and how your organization uses energy over time. With data, it becomes possible to establish a baseline for current energy use, and identify reasonable goals for future energy reductions. Historical trends can be identified, and used to evaluate future costs for forecasting and budgeting.

–Communicate with stakeholders: Employers across the country are looking for communication and presentation skills as part of the energy management skill set. It’s not enough just to superintend the data. Now you have to be able to share it with proficiency, in ways that are meaningful for multiple audiences.  Try to identify your stakeholders, both up and down the chain of command. Time invested in these important relationships will pay dividends when collaboration is needed on integration and/or company-wide initiatives. 

Second, always look for ways to simplify complicated topics. Many of the issues that you deal with as an energy manager are very complex, so the more you can simplify and make them readily understandable by all stakeholders, the more buy-in you will be able get for your plans.

The eBook, 10 Tactics of Successful Energy Managers, discusses the role of the energy manager in an organization, and provides guidelines for enhancing energy management effectiveness. It is intended for use by energy management professionals and other energy stakeholders seeking to implement positive organizational change. Download the eBook here.

 

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