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Organizations that have attempted to implement an energy management program on their own have typically had the following experiences:
The true value of an energy conservation program is not found in its perceived low cost but in the net savings it generates. Success must be measured, not only against past energy expenses, but compared to the best, most effective option available — because that difference between do-it-yourself savings and maximum savings will be spent each month on unnecessary energy consumption. Significant net savings will not be achieved without double-digit reductions in energy consumption — something only possible through the team efforts of highly trained and experienced energy experts and a rigorous, proven, repeatable process for execution.
We recently tallied the responsibilities we have seen assigned to facilities departments. The list came to more than 70 individual responsibilities. Undoubtedly your facilities staff already has a very full plate. On top of that, a recent study showed that funding for maintenance and operations is down 22% over the last 10 years.
Facilities, maintenance and operations, and other departments are absolutely critical to the success of your energy program. With Cenergistic, your team of professionals — already busy — supports the program that Cenergistic implements, versus having the responsibility to design, optimize, implement and sustain a program from scratch — without our expertise. It’s the difference between low savings that aren’t worth the effort, and maximum savings and impact.
Here are 10 reasons our offering is unique:
Energy conservation is a hot topic. Many sources provide free advice, including National Green Schools, ENERGY STAR, university programs, and the United States Department of Energy. Most offer free tips. A few offer a free “energy audit” or a fractional share of a rotating energy specialist’s time, a person who supports many organizations.
Utility companies thrive only when you increase your consumption of energy! Equipment companies thrive when you buy equipment. But only Cenergistic thrives when you reduce your consumption of energy.
Maximizing savings demands more than a list of things to do or a one-time evaluation. Cenergistic’s energy management process synchronizes assessment and action planning, technology and data tools, measurement and verification, behavior modification, accountability, and execution to ensure your savings are maximized.
Cenergistic’s program does not require any significant added-time commitments from current staff. Our clients hire us to reduce the burden on their existing staff. The program does require strong support and commitment from both your board and senior leadership. If you will provide the commitment, we’ll provide the resources needed to generate significant savings.
Hiring Cenergistic is a budget-neutral decision. All of the dollars needed to fund Cenergistic’s energy management program are paid out of your current utility budget. No new funds are required. You don’t need to purchase any equipment or budget any new dollars to achieve these savings. No capital outlay is required.
Our 28 years of experience have taught us not only what needs to be changed in your environment, but also how to encourage support for your conservation program so that you can produce and sustain the greatest level of savings possible. That’s why our contracts run multiple years. Building a sustainable program requires time — time to change long-standing habits, time to adjust to variable weather conditions, time to optimize your existing plant and equipment, time to transition during facility and staff changes, and time to review results. By creating an energy conservation ethic and culture, your program will last long after the payment period ends while continuing to yield the best results possible.
There are no upfront costs, or any net cost to you, since we guarantee the entire cost of our energy management program: fees to Cenergistic and the energy accounting software license will all be funded from savings generated by the program. There are no new budgeted dollars required because the program is funded from your existing utility budget — dollars you are already spending on energy and will continue to spend until substantial behavioral changes are made.
Equipment solutions focus on energy efficiency — making sure your equipment runs on as little energy as possible. Cenergistic’s program, on the other hand, focuses on energy conservation — making sure equipment only runs when it is truly needed, and is optimized to achieve peak performance. That, coupled with our energy management process — a proven methodology for ensuring comprehensive and consistent implementation — creates savings over and above what energy-efficient equipment generates.
Absolutely. Performance contractor training is typically limited to teaching the maintenance and operations staff how to run the new equipment. Cenergistic’s energy management program typically produces savings of 20-30% on top of those produced by mechanical programs because we target a different area of savings opportunity. While the bulk (if not all) of the savings produced by mechanical programs goes toward paying off the equipment, our program produces net savings you can invest in personnel, programs, maintenance and even mechanical retrofits within the first few months of implementation.
Our goal is to produce savings of at least 20–30% while ensuring an effective working or learning environment. If anything, Cenergistic clients experience improved conditions, because systems are optimized and continually monitored.
Cenergistic believes that total transparency between vendor and client is essential when measuring and verifying energy savings. We empower our clients through training and unfettered access to the third party software to validate that their program is reducing consumption and saving money.
To make this transparency in accounting and reporting possible, every Cenergistic client licenses EnergyCAP® software from an independent software company. EnergyCAP is the web-based industry leader, used by hundreds of major corporations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, including the Smithsonian Institution, the State of Georgia, Yale University, the City of Washington, D.C., the University of Central Florida and a division of the United States Department of Energy.
EnergyCAP adheres to industry guidelines that define how utility savings should be calculated and measured. You can view a brief demo of EnergyCAP here.