ENGAGING BUILDING OCCUPANTS

How do we get your team excited about saving energy? First, we let them know that our our field-tested approaches can yield real results - savings of 3-20% which they can be a part of. We engage your people with informational presentations and/or comprehensive behavioral energy management programming that turn building occupants into energy-savers. In our 15-year history, we’ve reached tens of thousands of people through our efforts in settings as diverse as schools,health facilities, public housing developments, and universities.

K-12 Schools: KiloWatch

For a brighter future, we start them young with this program. We augment current curriculums directly in the schools to show how saving energy can be fun and an accomplishment to be proud of. Most often, it’s the younger generations that carry the message of sustainability home with them. Go the KiloWatch page to learn about our award-winning, student-led, energy management program for K-12 schools! See our Operator Training page to learn how we weave building operators into our energy management approach for K-12 schools.

Public and Affordable Housing

Our resident engagement efforts have impacted over 50,000 units of public and affordable housing from coast to coast. Our success is based focusing our campaigns on benefits to residents and the most effective targeted actions they can take.  Information is customized for each development and provided through both print materials and on-site, group presentations.

To get more direct results and build interaction, we developed the Peer Energy Education Program in which residents are hired to provide education for their neighbors. Resident educators are trained and managed as they conduct one-on-one visits with other residents in their apartments and provide group presentations. By training and utilizing educators who are themselves building residents, relationships based on trust and open communication are more easily developed.

Training is also provided to the housing site managers that support the residents in the program. These sessions ensure that staff are aware of the education being provided to residents and empower staff to reinforce these messages. Site managers are also trained on delivering energy education content to new residents as part of their move-in orientation. This program complies with Section 3 requirements, crucial to ESCO EPC projects in public housing.

Head to our Operator Training page to learn how we weave building operators into our energy management approach for public housing.

The OfficeSavers Program

For Commercial Office Buildings

We care about saving at home but we often forget about the savings we can achieve at  the places we work every day of the week. This workplace-driven, comprehensive behavioral energy management program turns your occupant engagement efforts into  another energy savings stream. No matter what our schedule may be, we can all be better energy savers around the clock with this program.

We start with interactive, engaging presentations for office teams that increase awareness of how they use energy and water and how waste is recycled while suggesting recommended behavioral change actions.

Through these sessions we institute opportunities for staff to support organizational efforts to reduce waste and increase efficiency. The goal is to assure an understanding of how they can work effectively with these systems to maintain comfort while improving energy efficiency.

See our Operator Training page to learn how we weave building operators into our energy management approach for commercial buildings.

Beyond the workplace

No one likes paying high energy bills and more often than not, people don’t realize how they can help themselves save money. Through this program, employees will also receive instruction on how to save energy at home. Our diverse educational materials illustrate ways to increase comfort and efficiency in the home. From insulating light switches to solar power, there is often high interest in learning about the many incentives available at the federal, state, and utility levels to make home improvements that decrease both energy use and their utility bills. And we walk you through each step, making it easier for you to learn how to save.

Colleges & Universities                                                       

Our programming for higher education institutions gives us the opportunity to teach the educational community on how utilize energy more wisely.

As always, we begin with our 4-point approach and include educational components designed to reach the diverse audiences that exist within each college and university setting. This is then combined with customized strategies based on the unique character of the campus and the specific opportunities and challenges presented by the cultures within the campus. The goal is always to weave energy and water conservation practices into the fabric of the community to create a reliable and long-term source of savings. And then like other institutions we work with, show how the savings can be utilized elsewhere for programmatic change.

Specific modules are designed to reach:

Administrative and Instructional Staff:

Staff are trained on the most effective behavioral actions they can take based on our analysis and  campus energy policies.

Students:

Students and representatives are trained as educators and then deliver one-on-one sessions with their fellow students in the residence halls. Using this approach, students are asked to make personal commitments to specific actions that have been determined to be the most effective in their circumstances. Student groups are also reached through these same presentations.

Municipalities

Our programming for government agencies is designed to reduce utility usage by engaging employees and other building users in the importance of sustained conservation behaviors. Just like a doctor would treat a specific patient, we treat each facility individually, taking into account the unique character of each building and the unique opportunities and challenges presented by the cultures present within.  We work closely with administration on conservation messaging via printed materials, training presentations and a heightened web presence. The goal is always to weave energy and water conservation practices into the fabric of the organization to become a reliable and long-term source of savings.

Healthcare Facilities

These days, healthcare facilities are using more and more energy for the comfort of their patients and their caregivers. Technology is always changing as are the roles of the personnel assigned to specific tasks. The modern healthcare facility is also becoming a collective of different teams and facilities that demand a new way of thinking from an administrative viewpoint.

Our programming for hospitals and medical centers takes into account the unique missions of these organizations with sensitivity to the critical role energy plays in their facilities and the people they care for. We work closely with facility management and staff to determine areas where savings potential is available without impacting vital operations. This approach is combined with customized strategies that are based on the unique character of the facility and the specific opportunities and challenges produced by the cultures present within the organization. Once again, we weave energy and water conservation practices into the fabric of the community to create a reliable and long-term source of savings.