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Energy Management Planning Basics

Four Key Steps to an Efficient Energy Management Plan

A recent study conducted by Reed Business Information’s Boston Division Research group for Schneider Electric evaluated energy management solutions and strategies among commercial and plant engineers. They found that companies/agencies with specific energy management goals, clear accountability and employee awareness and training are best positioned for greater success. 

Greatest success was found when a four-step plan for improvement was developed.

Measure Energy Usage

A comprehensive analysis of energy consumption is a key component in identifying opportunities to glean savings. Installing power metering and monitoring helps track and provide a baseline for energy usage.

Fix the Basics

Typically, the only tactic initiated by most who try to implement an energy plan is fixing the basics by implementing passive energy efficiency measures like:

  • High-efficiency lighting,
  • HVAC systems,
  • Replace motors and capacitors and
  • Replace worn, outdated equipment.


Installing active energy management measures that promote ongoing energy efficiency and maintains energy and cost savings over a long period – measures like schedule-based lighting controls, occupancy sensors to control lighting and HVAC in order to regulate and control heating, cooling and ventilation at optimal levels.

Monitor and Control

Managing key energy demand loads and modifying employee behaviors drive continuous improvement through information, training and management review. These components help ensure that initial energy and cost-saving implementations do not erode over time.