Energy costs and energy management; getting your employees onboard and measuring success
Balancing your budget is a difficult and challenging thing to manage for all museums. Finding reliable ways to cut energy costs in both the short and long-term will help your organisation out, not only financially, but in terms of meeting your corporate social responsibility targets too.
There are numerous stories about the very sharp increase in gas and electricity costs encountered over the last few months. What’s more it is set to get worse. Continuing increases levied on energy by the government in pursuit of targets to reduce carbon emissions account for the bulk of the increases. Additionally, Climate Change Levy (CCL) is due to increase by 45% on electricity and 67% on gas next year, along with increases on other levies*
* Museums and other organisations registered as charities should benefit from a reduction in VAT. This means you should also be exempt from CCL. Contact us for details.
Although many museums have relatively fixed energy costs, one of the biggest factors that will make a difference is the human element. By getting your employees on board with energy management, you are likely to see a decrease in the energy they use, and by making this a new norm within your buildings, you can ensure that this lower energy usage becomes a permanent feature of your operational management.
How to get your employees to reduce consumption
Make it official policy
Your employees are more likely to respond and make behavioural changes if your museum announces things in a formal manner. So instead of politely asking people to use less energy, have an official piece of content produced along with a companywide meeting. Not only will the message seem more official, but employees will be more likely to take notice and act accordingly.
Offer practical guidance
Employees are unlikely to behave differently if they do not know what the alternative should be, however, so to help your employees make positive changes they should be told the best way to act. As well as offering practical tips and guidance specific to your workplace, your employees should also be told why such changes need to be made, as placing their actions in context will give them a greater understanding of their personal responsibility.
Monitor the progress made
When working towards a specific goal, people like to know their progress, as it can serve to motivate and encourage future actions. Businesses looking to reduce their energy consumption should post regular reports and updates about the progress being made, as it shows employees how their efforts are translating into results.
Use Energy Management Systems
The old adage that if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it holds particularly true for Energy. Every time you introduce a change of practice, or install more energy efficient equipment, you need to know how successful they are.
At Touchstone Services, we pride ourselves on helping our clients reduce consumption and cut operating costs through effective energy management. For more information, please contact us.