Legrand is sharing an energy management handbook and an energy project interactive spreadsheet that it developed as part of its effort to reduce energy intensity across its North American facilities. These resources can be used by manufacturing companies and other organizations to develop and implement energy and cost savings programs for their businesses.
The 16-page Energy Management Handbook helps companies take a practical and logical approach to launching an energy management program. The handbook outlines a four-step process:
- Making a commitment, which includes appointing a corporate energy manager. Typical corporate energy manager responsibilities include scheduling and facilitating energy team meetings, overseeiing and analyzing data input, reporting findings and results to management and any outside organizations, and fielding both internal and external information requests.
- Assessing the current state of energy use, which includes establishing baselines. A baseline is a period in time from which to measure improvement, usually stated as one year. With help from the utility or the accounts payable department, gather energy information as far back as feasible. To establish a baseline an organization needs to know the amount of energy used, when the energy is used, and the cost of the energy.
- Creating an action plan, which includes identifying opportunities through energy audits both formal and informal. Use existing employees to submit ideas of how the facility can use less energy. Additional resources include the local utility and state and federal programs. Energy efficiency projects for buildings are generally broken into six major categories: recommissioning; lighting; supplemental load reduction; plugload reduction; air distribution systems; heating and cooling upgrades.
- Reporting and evaluating progress, which includes setting targets, timelines and tracking.
The second resource available from Legrand is an Energy Project Evaluation Tool – an interactive spreadsheet that shows companies where to start on their energy savings journey. To explain the Energy Project Evaluation Tool, Legrand will offer web-based learning modules.
Both energy savings resources are offered at no cost. Legrand attributes its energy-saving success in the last two years not only from the implementation of energy projects but from a holistic framework that includes employee and C-suite engagement, organized energy tracking and reporting and the formalization of energy goals and processes.