Five Tips for Energy Buyers

Nate Kessman, Vice President of Great Eastern Energy in New York, posted an article on Facility Executive with five tips for energy managers (originally framed as five mistakes to avoid):

  1. Be a facility manager, not just an energy manager. – Think holistically about your energy strategy and the details of your energy supply contract.
  2. Benchmark your energy and water use. – Compare against your own past performance, and potentially against industry peers.
  3. Look at more than just price. – Also look at contract terms, usage restrictions, and supplier flexibility to avoid unexpected future expenses.
  4. Prioritize energy efficiency upgrades. – Start with measures with rapid payback and develop a roadmap for future investments.
  5. Solar can be a good investment. – Solar is a major up-front investment, but it can provide an attractive long-term payback and help to reduce your carbon footprint.

This may seem like simple advice, but carrying it out effectively can be challenging.

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