Delving into the ever evolving concept of energy efficiency a similar approach of taking one step at a time can be extremely rewarding. Energy efficiency is a complicated topic without a one-size-fits-all solution. However, various technologies and policies can support the efficient use of energy throughout our daily lives and the economy as a whole.
"When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time."
- General Creighton Abrams
The ProKarma product team kicked off a series of discussions related to this topic and how to best support today’s enterprise energy managers address challenges and achieve success. Energy managers face a myriad of questions and issues when it comes to implementing the right program to achieve optimal efficiency. Some of the questions that come to mind are:
Can efficiency be increased through the use of Energy Star appliances or a hi-tech building management system? Is the facility manager just taking care of my assets or counting my kilowatt-hours (kWh) as well? Is my utility vendor charging me more than the other utility players in the market? Am I able to plan for my on-peak and off-peak electric demand? Being a very large company and with footprints in almost every continent, is my Accounts Payable department missing bills, paying massive late payment and re-connection fees? Finally, do I need a specialized person/company to handle my electricity bills in a more professional way?
Driving energy efficiency is a common thread across industry sectors. Community-based enterprises such as senior care, school campuses and community banks are some of the largest and most prevalent groups that can benefit the most from increased awareness and education on energy conservation. However, conventional energy management terms and campaigns seldom evoke community involvement and see very low adoption rates.
With this in mind, the ProUtility Enterprise team sat down to discuss ways in which we can encourage community involvement and increase awareness in the most cost effective way. Policies, road shows, town hall meetings, award campaigns and the like would work but have their limitations in ensuring mass adoption. We could run community awareness programs or can create groups or forums within the dwellings or community. Well, such programs have often seen little adoption, worse they could send out wrong signals like some cost cutting exercises underway.
We thought the best bet is to fall back on innate human competitive nature, curiosity and sense of higher purpose/calling coupled with technology of the future.
We used technology to bring up a radical change in behavior pattern of communities in managing energy more efficiently. With that, we developed an Android TV application that is touch sensitive, allows users to explore and enables community users to compete, see the savings in terms of CO2e, acres of forest land sequestered and so on. This would give them a sense of larger purpose, a social cause that they can relate to, and be competitive about. The touch part drives higher adoption.
The Android TV app gives all information at one single touch and swipe option. The app shows overviews of the energy spend and consumption, usage consumption report on a weekly basis, carbon footprint, local weather data and the list goes on. This application not only compares the community’s consumption patterns with other similar communities but also shows some valuable energy conservation tips and updates of upcoming events. Armed with loads of data, helpful software tools, dedicated engaged staff and support from senior administrators, ProKarma continues to lead in the energy management field.
Like the general said, one bite at a time.
Learn more about our ProUtility Android TV app and how it can save companies millions of dollars on the basis of sustained measures by contacting us at email@example.com.