Simple and effective ways to help your business save money through energy management, monitoring and managing your energy use more efficiently.
Energy management is the use of technology to improve the energy performance of an organisation. To be fully effective it needs to be an integral part of an organisation's wider management processes - and any corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.
The management of energy is often neglected, even though there is considerable potential to save energy and reduce costs. Rising energy prices, climate change legislation and the need to be environmentally responsible all require effective energy management.
Senior management commitment
Without the support of senior managers, energy management will falter and be marginalised. Senior managers need to be convinced of the business case for investing funds and staff time in managing energy.
An energy policy
An energy policy is a written statement of senior management's commitment to managing energy and its environmental impacts. Often it forms part of a wider corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. For large organisations an energy policy should be no more than two pages long; a few paragraphs may be sufficient for smaller organisations.
An energy strategy
An energy strategy is a working document setting out how energy will be managed in an organisation. It should contain an action plan of tasks, which will initially involve understanding the organisation's current position and establishing the management framework. As the processes are established, the tasks should address the identification and implementation of specific energy saving projects.
A complete and effective energy strategy will address the following aspects:
New to energy management? Read our free introductory guide An introduction to energy management (CTV045)
Our 52-page guide to energy management is intended to help all industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, better understand the concepts of energy management, and how they can benefit from implementing it effectively.
While the guide provides a high level of detail, it is applicable to organisations of all sizes. You should tailor the approach to energy management according to the size and needs of your organisation.
Publication date Sept 2011 (Updated Dec 2013); Publication code CTG054
Information in this guide was correct at the time of publication
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Energy information management, or Metering, Monitoring and Targeting (MM&T) - the measurement and analysis of energy use - is central to good energy management. For detailed information, see our Monitoring and targeting - in-depth management guide.
Identifying energy saving opportunities is an ongoing process. There are two ways of doing this:
See our practical guide to Energy surveys.
Communication and awareness
The organisational culture of an organisation can either support or hinder energy efficiency. People are more likely to change their habits if they understand how their actions affect energy consumption and costs.
See our Employee awareness guidance for further information on saving energy in the workplace, and supporting materials such as posters and stickers.
Internal communications are an important part of developing an organisation's culture of energy efficiency. To demonstrate their green credentials some organisations may also wish to communicate their energy saving endeavours to their customers, suppliers, shareholders and the local community.
As with any management process, regular reviews are vital to ensure that sufficient progress is being made and that energy management policies, strategies and action plans continue to be up-to-date and relevant. An annual review is typical, but this may need to be more frequent in the early stage.
Additional publications to support energy management in your organisation:
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