SlideShare: New Year, New Energy Resolutions

Amy Hou  |  December 22, 2017   |  Energy & Sustainability  


With the start of each new year comes a slew of resolutions that are rarely kept — who really has the willpower to get in shape or floss every day? Well, we have a different kind of resolution for you to consider: being proactive with your energy management in 2018. Start the new year on the right foot, with the right energy priorities and goals in place. This SlideShare, an excerpt of our Energy Resolutions Checklist, will give you the tools you need to craft effective resolutions around:

  • Staying on top of regulations
  • Investing in the right renewables
  • Making your data useful

Get the full checklist to help you plan your priorities for 2018. 

Stay on top of next year’s regulations

Do some research on GRI, CDP, and ENERGY STAR so that you’ll be ahead of the curve when updates take place that could affect you. Read up on resources like the EPA’s Energy Strategy for the Road Ahead.

Involve the whole organization in energy savings

Take advantage of lingering holiday spirit and post-vacation energy to launch a company-wide energy-saving initiative. If you can measure total energy usage before and after (accounting for factors like seasonal weather conditions), then you can demonstrate a tangible impact of employee action and encourage more employee engagement in the future. The Carbon Trust offers useful tools for this, including campaign guides, posters, and stickers.

Pick your best performing building and extend those best practices

You’ve spent plenty of time poring over your worst-performing and highest-consuming buildings, finding ways to lower consumption and spend. But what about the best ones? What are these buildings doing right and how can you get the rest of your portfolio to follow their example?

New Year = Renewable Resources

Use this time to go after the procurement projects you’ve been keeping on the backburner. Your energy management in 2018 should include effective use of historical data and tariff analysis to make informed recommendations. Before you start, take a look at PwC’s recent report for insight into the drivers and challenges behind corporate renewable energy procurement.

Get the most out of your data

If you’re not getting your data fast enough because you’re waiting on monthly paper bills, or you’re not getting enough detail because you’re dependent on the AP department, stop sitting on your hands and do something about it. Better data is out there. The new year is the perfect time to start spending more time acting on your data and less time trying to organize it.


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About Amy Hou

Amy Hou is a Marketing Manager at Urjanet, overseeing content and communications. She enjoys writing about the latest industry updates in sustainability, energy efficiency, and data innovation.

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