If you are a football fan like myself, you are probably still confused by what happened in the Cowboys-Packers game 3 Sundays ago. If you didn't watch the game, watch this video.
I have watched a lot of football in my day, and at this point, I am not sure I can tell you what constitutes a catch in the NFL. There are 1000s of explanations for why the rule was right or not in the game, but at the end of the day, shouldn't we use the "eye-test"? What does your eye tell you what happened? Most people say, "it's a catch".
We have reached the same point with energy management. We have overcomplicated the process.
I meet with a lot of people that want to do things to be more efficient and to save money, but the process has been so distorted and convoluted that they feel like it will be too difficult to start or maintain.
But energy efficiency doesn't have to be complicated. A couple simple steps can help you get a handle your buildings energy usage.
- You can't manage what you don't track. How can you know what your building uses if you aren't tracking it? There are easy processes to get a baseline for the energy your building is using.
- Have a long term plan. It is great to have a baseline of what you want to accomplish, but it must be actionable and planned out. Just like launching a new product, increasing efficiency takes multiple steps. It is easy to get distracted or off track over the course
- Have ongoing checks. The average building loses 10% of the efficiency savings when they aren't being monitored. That means a major improvement could no longer be saving you money before it has paid for itself.
It is kind of a "Rinse. Lather. Repeat." model. Do an energy benchmark (or energy model). Implement the energy conservation measures. Do a new energy benchmark to verify and maintain savings. It is that simple.
Now if only an NFL catch was too.