Managing your energy use
Implement energy efficient measures
After writing an energy policy, carrying out an energy survey, setting energy-saving objectives and targets and identifying what measures to take, the next step is to develop an action plan for implementing the measures.
Creating an energy-saving action plan
Your action plan should set out in detail how all the energy-saving measures will be carried out in order of priority.
Actions can be ordered into short, medium and long-term projects as well as no-cost and low-cost measures and measures that need capital investment. Starting with short-term and low-cost measures can be effective because they make an immediate impact and help to get people interested in the campaign.
The action plan should cover:
- target dates, costs and resources needed for each measure
- key roles and who will carry out the measures
- investment in energy-saving equipment if necessary
- the availability of financial assistance eg through Invest Northern Ireland
Communicating the energy-saving actions
Effective energy management depends on everyone being involved and playing their part. So it's very important to make employees and stakeholders aware of the energy-saving action plan at every stage.
They need to know:
- why the measures are being taken
- what is being done - explain the aims and energy-saving targets
- when the measures will be implemented
- how they can be involved
To get the energy strategy off to a good start you could:
- hold a launch event to generate awareness and interest
- provide training for staff to boost motivation and participation
- highlight initial 'quick-win' actions and plan regular update meetings
- publicise successes to stakeholders like shareholders and customers
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