Energy Management

What is energy management?

Within these principles lies a complex matrix of knowledge and skill requirements. For
example, managing energy consumption at peak efficiency can involve activities ranging from
auditing, to specifying retrofit measures and analyzing the resulting return on investment, to
monitoring and targeting, to conducting employee and tenant awareness educational
programs, and more. The energy manager typically will have responsibility for advising senior
management on energy reduction strategies, for gaining commitment throughout the
organization, for managing the implementation of measures, and for dealing effectively with
contractors and energy suppliers.

The skill set includes technical knowledge of contemporary building energy systems and
energy rate structures, analytical techniques for assessing energy use, financial
management methods for evaluating energy efficiency investments, and "social marketing"
skills for building organizational commitment. For an individual employed in the facility
management field, it would probably take up to a year of study to develop the necessary

Energy management is the collective term for all the systematic practices to minimise and
control both the quantity and cost of energy used in providing a service. Establishing sound
energy management practices is an essential part of successfully achieving the objectives of
the Energy Smart Government policy.

Energy Smart management should not be undertaken in isolation but should be a strategic
component of a comprehensive business management plan. It is a key part of any philosophy
of continuous improvement. Energy management not only makes good financial sense it also
protects the environment by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions attributable
to government operations.

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