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When energy is effective, it is:
Produces clean, reliable and affordable energy with lasting impacts
Saves money by improving operations, reducing waste, and conserving resources
Transforms energy performance into improvements that increase function and productivity
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You are constantly advised to make better use of your time, conserve financial and organizational resources, deploy new methods that minimize “friction” and discover processes that help us do more with less. The quest for greater efficiency has amassed a large and loyal following, with practitioners rarely questioning the underlying premise that being more efficient is always best.
Yet what if all the resource conservation, energy efficiency and cost cutting is unknowingly hurting you?
Discouraging your customers?
Degrading your bottom line?
Disrupting your organization and distracting you from what is really important?
What if you are investing in solutions that solve the wrong problem?
After designing and implementing thousands of energy retrofit and building modernization projects, we really have seen it all.
The far too much and the much too little.
Energy wasters and efficiency warriors.
Savings prioritized over outcomes.
Positive results and negative consequences.
This may look familiar
School district energy managers so obsessed with savings that classroom ventilation is reduced to the point that students can’t concentrate.
A community swimming pool that conserves energy but operates at temperatures fit only for polar bears.
An office building that shuts down cooling systems well before employees leave, creating a hot, stuffy, unproductive workplace.
Manufacturing facilities with lighting so dim that workers make mistakes and quality is sacrificed.
In each situation, something was terribly wrong and energy was at the root of the problem. Energy was being efficiently used and money was being saved, but students were uncomfortable, workers unproductive, commerce was suboptimal, and resources were ultimately wasted. Energy was not being used effectively.
Understand that energy efficiency is important, but it is only part of the equation. It can be the means, but it is not the end. The real goal is to build better functioning systems and more comfortable buildings that are also efficient and sustainable.