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What is a behavior-based energy conservation program?

Submitted by David Birdwell on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:25pm

Behavior-based energy management is the creation of long-term, sustainable cultural change within all parts of an organization. This result-orientated management style communicates policy-supported goals on a continual basis using a variety of methods as part of a coordinated strategic campaign. Goals are communicated to employees at all levels and, when appropriate, to customers and contractors. All employees are educated in ways to save energy through both personal actions (e.g., turning off lights, non-essential electronics, etc.) and organization led process changes (e.g., facility utilization strategies, improved maintenance strategies, etc.). Behavior-based energy management does not depend on or involve installation or replacement of lighting, HVAC equipment or computerized control systems. Furthermore, behavior-based energy management changes the way organizations do business and creates energy efficient business models that hold energy conservation as an important factor in decision making processes. A truly successful program creates a feedback loop within the organization which further increases participation, long-term success and efficiency in its practices.

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