Posted by Rowena Phatak on Apr 14, 2015
Smart energy management is a multifaceted process. Where do you even start to make your building “smart” in an effort to reduce commercial energy waste and achieve significant savings on your utility bill?A solid smart energy management plan relies on breaking down the process into its most critical components — each item that’s absolutely necessary to reduce energy consumption in today’s world of depleting natural resources and increasing demand.
So, what are the top three components of a streamlined smart energy management system?
- Understand Your Energy Profile To Create A Plan
So much about commercial energy management is centered on cost: the cost of energy, the cost of reducing energy costs with smart technology and energy efficient materials. It’s essential to understand your building’s energy usage to make positive strides towards smart savings.
Start by benchmarking your energy usage. Investing in smart sensors and other ways to capture real-time data provides you with much-needed insights into the energy performance in your building. Once you understand your profile, you are able to strategically act on it with a smart energy management plan.
- Search For Tax Incentives That Fund Smart Energy Initiatives
The federal government is investing in smart energy management, in the form of tax incentives for commercial businesses. At this point, these smart energy initiatives are going unnoticed and remain untapped.
Although IRS paperwork is complicated and the idea of an audit is terrifying, if you don’t investigate smart energy tax incentives for your business, you are leaving perfectly good money on the table. Use these smart energy initiatives to help with your financial investments in commercial energy efficiency.
- Focus On The Behavioral Element Of Your Energy Usage
A large part of the “smart energy” conversation may center on new technologies, but the smartest commercial energy management never fails to keep in mind occupant behavior. Technology isn’t going to deliver the be-all-end-all answer to energy waste. That’s because your employees have just as big of an impact on energy consumption, at every turn.
How do the occupants of your building affect your energy profile? It’s critical to continually work on energy behaviors with your employees so that everyone knows and shares the same goals to reduce energy consumption.
Once you have a plan, funding and every employee on board, then you may put your smart energy management system into action. The tactics for reducing energy consumption and saving money are only as good as the preceding strategic plan.
Ready to jumpstart your energy savings? Learn about the biggest sources of energy waste and how to eliminate them.
Topics: commercial energy management