Building your energy team
The tools you need to succeed
Choosing your energy team effectively is a very important task – and we have some valuable resources to help you along your way. Below you will find field tested strategies, things to avoid and things to pursue when selecting members for your team – and how to ensure success.
Ten Tips for an effective Energy Team:
To be effective, energy teams need an action plan that will keep them focused on working effectively and achieving results. Here are ten steps that can help guide your energy team’s activities.
- Get upper management support and keep them involved on a regular basis. An executive sponsor can help pave the way for your energy team.
- Diversify your team – include financial, technical, environmental and operational representatives. For more suggestions on team members are recruiting view our Energy Team Membership and Recruiting (PDF).
- Create a structured action plan – Who does what and when? How will you measure success? Get the whole team involved in writing it!
- Make sure to allocate the resources you need to get the job done – whether internal or external.
- Measure and compare energy use and costs – from one area to another, one plant to another. Audit compressed air, water, and steam use as well.
- Use financial as well as technical criteria to evaluate and sell projects – establish paybacks and ROI.
- Track ongoing progress and post results. Let your colleagues know when they succeed.
- Use a variety of sources – contests, intranet, ideas box – to gather ideas and create an energy conscious culture.
- Integrate your energy plan into your company’s business plan.
- Celebrate and reward success
Energy team Do's and Don'ts:
- Don’t try to be an energy ‘hero’ by taking on more tasks than you can handle. Discourage team members from hogging the glory for themselves. Instead, delegate tasks and always give credit where credit is due.
- Don’t assign all members of your energy team. Though assigning critical members to the team is necessary, accepting volunteers can invigorate and energize your team.
- Don’t penalize employees whose energy efficiency ideas turn out to be fruitless.
- Don’t forget to communicate your team’s achievements to management. It is important that teams, especially newly formed teams, publicize their accomplishments to prove their worth.
- Don’t pick goals out of a hat. Instead, determine challenging yet attainable goals by analyzing the energy efficiency opportunities that are available to you.
- Don’t forget to benchmark. Knowing where you stand on energy efficiency relative to other businesses in your industry is a great motivator. It will also allow you to set goals that will help you be more competitive.
- Don’t give up. Perseverance is crucial to the success of any team. ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try again.’