Guide

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