Setting Energy Efficiency Goals: How to Make Gradual but Effective Changes

Setting Energy Efficiency Goals
Achieving small goals before big ones is a great way to start your energy efficiency campaign.

Becoming a more energy efficient company can seem extremely difficult. With the ambitious targets set by major corporations, just “keeping up” with the changes in energy usage today can be something that many companies struggle with.

While ambitious targets can make becoming more energy efficient seem difficult, it’s actually surprisingly simple when you break your company’s energy efficiency goals down into small, gradual and easily achievable changes.

From setting small monthly goals that lead towards big long-term reductions to just making energy efficiency part of your company’s culture, read on to learn four ways to achieve big energy usage reductions by making small, gradual changes.

Set a monthly energy consumption reduction goal

Here’s a great way to gradually reduce your company’s energy usage: set a monthly goal of a one percent adjusted reduction in energy usage. That’s right – one percent per month in overall energy consumption.

This might seem like a tiny change, but it’s the power of continual effort that makes it effective. In the first month, you’ll only save one percent of your standard energy usage. At the end of the first year, however, you’ll be down by 12 percent.

After two years of continually trying to reduce your energy consumption by 1% a month, you’ll have reduced your energy consumption by almost a quarter. Making small but continual changes has a serious, measurable effect over a long period.

Commit to moving into a more energy efficient building

If your company is currently leasing space in an energy inefficient building, you’ll only be able to make small changes to your energy consumption. This is because most of your energy factors – lighting and insulation– are out of your control.

Instead of making tiny improvements to your energy usage, commit to moving to a more energy efficient building within 12 months, two years, or whatever timescale is realistic for your business.

Not all businesses own their workplace, making it impossible for them to install new insulation or daylighting to improve energy efficiency. If you lease your office space, make energy efficiency a key point to look for in your next office rental.

Carry out an energy audit and achieve small goals first

A key principle of breaking out of personal debt is making a list of your debts and repaying the smallest – often credit card balances and hire purchases – first. This lets you go down a checklist and conquer each debt one at a time.

You can use a similar strategy to improve your building’s energy efficiency. Instead of making the biggest changes first, carry out an energy audit and create a checklist of all the improvements you could make, ordered from smallest to biggest.

Start with the smallest changes – things like turning off computers at the end of the workday – and move down the list. Over the course of a year, you’ll eventually reach a point where it’s time to update your building’s insulation and daylighting.

Replace your office equipment with Energy Star alternatives

Is your office’s equipment as efficient as it could be? One of the best ways to reduce your energy consumption, and one that produces immediate results at a low cost, is to replace your office equipment with energy efficient alternatives.

If the time is approaching to update your computer workstations, photocopier and other equipment, consider replacing your existing hardware with Energy Star gear to ensure you’re minimizing your tech-related energy consumption.

Computers, printers and other equipment can use a surprising amount of energy on a day-to-day basis. If it’s time to upgrade, choosing the energy efficient option could save your company a significant amount over the long term.


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