Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wall Street Journal Promotes Energy Management!

Finally! The Wall Street Journal has devoted attention—a whole special section in the September 27, 2007 edition—to energy cost control in the business sector. This is a major milestone, because the WSJ's historical energy focus has been limited to drilling, refining, and generating more supply. Coverage in the WSJ will inspire a lot of discussion, but how will industrial energy users actually follow through on this issue?

For any business leader that wants to do something about energy cost control, I ask you this: Where are you, and where do you want to be? To facilitate your thinking, I offer the following (click on image for full-size display):



At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to see energy cost control in the business sector getting an increasingly higher profile – WSJ covering the topic in detail is indeed something of a milestone.

A facilities manager in an organization that consumes a lot of energy is in a powerful position to make a big difference – a much bigger difference than any one domestic energy user can make by conserving energy at home. Simple measures like ensuring that all equipment is switched off overnight and on weekends can easily cut thousands off an electricity bill, and have a significant impact on carbon emissions.

And finding routine energy waste at a business is usually so easy! I work for a company that makes an energy management solution to help businesses analyze their energy data and find routine waste - we find that, when a business figures out how to plot and study their energy profiles for signs of waste, it can be a real eye-opener to see just how much money is going down the drain.

Of course, figuring out where the waste is is only the first step, but it's one that can bring some considerable motivation to move further into looking at how to reduce that waste, and how to encourage staff to take energy conservation seriously. And coverage in WSJ can only help ecourage all those businesses on 0, 1, or 2 stars on your chart to actually start seeing energy efficiency as a real opportunity to cut costs and help save the planet, and not just something to pay occasional lip service to.

At 9:35 AM, Anonymous energy management said...

No energy management is easy without use of energy management software.


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