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Creating a Culture of Energy Efficiency


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This presentation focuses on the steps a school district can take to create a comprehensive, district-wide approach to energy efficiency. From assessing energy performance to recognizing and promoting achievement – and everything in between – a self-implementing process is the most cost-effective way to quickly reduce operating costs and generate long-term recurring savings.

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Creating a Culture of Energy Efficiency

  1. 1. WHY A CULTURE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY? Save money Decrease your carbon footprint / go green Communicate your sustainability efforts Create / maintain jobs Differentiate your organization It’s the right thing to do ALL OF THE ABOVE!
  2. 2. CURRENT THINKINGEnergy efficiency is the responsibility of buildingoperators and is achieved through asset projectsand controls.“Let’s install ??? to be more energy efficient.” • Energy management systems • A new boiler • Photovoltaics / solar panels • Wind turbines
  3. 3. FORWARD THINKINGEnergy efficiency is an organizational commitmentthat is achieved by changing the way everyone viewsand consumes energy. • Individual actions on a daily basis • Efficient building operation • Energy efficient asset projects • Rational choices for renewable supply
  4. 4. WHAT IS A CULTURE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY?• Saving Energy is an Organizational Value not a Tactic or Strategy• Everyone is Engaged not just Facilities• Everyone is on the Same Page Boss Peers Me
  5. 5. ANOTHER WAY TO THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLESaving energy through on-going engagement with all employees PROJECTS Saving energy through systems and equipment PLANETIncreases or replaces energy supply with green (renewable) energy
  6. 6. PEOPLE (DECREASES DEMAND)• A Plan with Tangible Goals• Training• Best Practices• On- Measurement, On-Going and Weather Normalized• Benchmarking• Employee Engagement• Communications
  7. 7. PROJECTS (DECREASES DEMAND)• Energy Modeling• Project Planning and Budgeting• Plan and Specification• Construction• (Retro) Commissioning
  8. 8. PLANET (INCREASES OR REPLACES SUPPLY)• Wind• Solar• Biomass• Co-generation Co-
  10. 10. MAKING THE SHIFTENGINEERS: Organizationsmust examine theirperformance, strategy,processes, and systems tounderstand what changesneed to be made. Convergence over time = CHANGE MANAGEMENTPSYCHOLOGISTS: Organizationsmust understand theimplications of a change onits employees given theirculture, values, history, andcapacity for change.
  11. 11. MAKING THE SHIFT• Application of either approach, in isolation, generally proves unsuccessful.• An exclusively “engineering” approach results in solutions that are not adequately implemented or supported by employees.• An exclusively “psychologist” approach results in a lack of appreciation or understanding for what must actually change to produce the desired outcome.
  12. 12. MAKING THE SHIFTSuccessful organizational change requires: 1. Sense of Urgency 2. Guiding Team 3. Vision and Strategy 4. Communication 5. Buy-In 6. Small Wins 7. Persistence
  13. 13. MAKING THE SHIFTSense Of Urgency • Develop scenarios showing what could happen in the future if you don’t reduce energy use. ―Examine opportunities that should be, or could be, realized if you reduce energy use. ―Start honest discussions, and give dynamic and convincing reasons to get people talking and thinking. ―Review the practices of customers, outside stakeholders and industry people to strengthen the case for saving energy.
  14. 14. MAKING THE SHIFTGuiding Team • Identify the leaders in your organization. • Balance team with skill sets (visionary, doers, collaborators, numbers people) and job functions (senior leadership, communications, facilities, technology) on the team. • Ask them for a commitment.
  15. 15. MAKING THE SHIFTVision and Strategy • What are your organizational goals around energy? How does saving energy move you toward those goals? ―What resources are available (time, talent, and dollars?) ―Determine a strategy and actions needed to achieve those goals. ―Determine how you will measure progress toward your goals (utility tracking, ENERGY STAR®)
  16. 16. MAKING THE SHIFTCommunication • Talk often about the value of energy efficiency. Use all available communications vehicles (wall space, email, newsletters, website, etc.) • Lead by example. Use energy efficiency as a filter for making decisions and solving problems. • Openly and honestly address peoples concerns and anxieties about what you’re asking them to do. • Apply the value of energy efficiency to all aspects of operations – from training to performance reviews.
  17. 17. MAKING THE SHIFTBuy-Buy -In • Remove any barriers (human or otherwise) that keep people from accepting the vision. • Engage everyone in doing something everyday to save energy. • Recognize and reward people for their efforts. • Identify people who are resisting the change, and help them see why you’re asking them to participate.
  18. 18. MAKING THE SHIFTSmall Wins • Start your engagement efforts by asking people to make a simple, non-controversial change to their daily habits (save the space heaters for later). ―Set an achievable short-term goal – then achieve it. ―Identify the success stories and promote them. ―Reward the people who help you meet the targets.
  19. 19. MAKING THE SHIFTPersistence • Recognize that this is a marathon, not a sprint. • After every milestone, analyze what is working well and what needs improvement. ―Set goals to continue building on the momentum youve achieved. ―Keep ideas fresh by bringing in new change agents and leaders for to your guiding team.
  20. 20. MAKING THE SHIFTAnchor Energy Efficiency in yourCulture • Talk about the vision and goals for energy efficiency every chance you get. • Include the vision when hiring and training new employees. • Publicly recognize key members of your original guiding team, and make sure the rest of your employees remembers their contributions. • Create plans to replace key change leaders as they move on.
  21. 21. HOW CAN WE HELP? CLASS 5 HALLBERG E N E R GY ENGINEERING ACHIEVING ENERGY ACHIEVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY THROUGH EFFICIENCY THROUGH PEOPLE TECHNOLOGY• Programs • Mechanical• Plans • Electrical• Materials • Commissioning• Tools • Energy• Consulting• Training