The tried-and-true approach shown below has been road-tested by thousands of organizations over two decades and forms the basis of our ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management. Read through the guidelines first, and then see how you can put them in action below.
- Step 1: Get your clients to commit
- Step 2: Assess your clients’ performance
- Step 3: Help your clients set goals
- Step 4: Create an action plan to improve
- Step 5: Implement action plan
- Step 6: Document results and evaluate progress
- Step 7: Recognize achievements and build on your successes
Which areas should you target to develop an effective energy management program?
Before embarking on this approach with your clients, you may want to first understand where their energy program stands. Assess their starting point by comparing their program to the best practices outlined in the guidelines. You can then identify their strengths and weakness. For example, you may be able to skip a step or two, or you may need to place extra emphasis in one area.
EPA has two tools to help you assess your client’s starting point: