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24 Mar

Who is the Energy Champion in Your Business

by Sarah Wilkinson
 

Making one of your employees an energy champion can be a very effective way of controlling energy costs and the Carbon Trust has published a number of tips for how to make the best of such a role.

They include:

  • Reporting energy waste they notice, such as equipment left on unnecessarily.
  • Ensuring equipment and machinery are well-maintained and working efficiently.
  • Contributing and gathering ideas for improving the way things are done.
  • Testing and implementing new processes.
  • Communicating good practice and being an ambassador for change.

 

It’s also vital that your energy champion has the visible support of top management and all the necessary resources they need to be effective.

According to the Carbon Trust approach, the energy champion should:

  • Be the eyes and ears for energy wastage.
  • Be responsible for reading meters and checking fuel bills.
  • Develop a weekly or monthly checklist of duties.
  • Consider forming an action team to report on progress and encourage further action.

A good way of identifying waste initially is to stage an energy walkabout.  Because your energy usage patterns will vary throughout the day, the walkabout times should be varied to match, for example, when the cleaners are in, at lunch, and at night or over weekends.

From these walks, your energy champion can identify where energy is being wasted and the possible reasons.  Is it a lack understanding, are procedures being overlooked, is repair or necessary to reduce energy costs, or there is a need for capital investment, for example?

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