Introduction : Get Energy Savings Working for You
Getting your employees on board is key to making your company more energy efficient.
This Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) guide, Team Up! for Energy Savings: A Guide to Building an Energy-Saving Culture in the Workplace, will help you achieve employee buy-in with its proven approach to setting up an employee awareness program (EAP). Developed to support NRCan’s Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), this guide will help you create your own program by providing concrete, practical information on the steps needed to encourage employee input and feedback, and to keep your EAP going for years to come.
Encouraging employee support and responsiveness is critical to building an energy-saving culture – one that is a driving force in reducing your organization’s operating costs and using energy wisely to slow down climate change. The three sections of this guide will take you through the steps and show you how to
- assemble your EAP team
- plan and implement your EAP
- maintain the momentum through follow-up actions and evaluation
Training for Competence – Communicating for Awareness
While an EAP is a good communications tool, training could be a critical complementary strategy.
Dollars to $ense workshops
NRCan offers a series of energy management workshops to help you make the most of your organization’s energy and money! oee.nrcan.gc.ca/industrial/workshops
Throughout this guide, you will find communications tools and themes, tips and ideas that have worked for other Canadian workplaces, along with some “real-life” EAP success stories. We also encourage you to visit NRCan’s Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) Web site at oee.nrcan.gc.ca for more tips and downloadable communications tools.
Regardless of the size of your company, it is easy to adapt the steps in this guide to suit your needs. The EAP can be as long and detailed or as short and simple as you want. An EAP is good for your bottom line – and for the environment. By using this guide, you will be well on your way to successfully establishing an effective EAP in your workplace.
Benefit now … and years from now
By putting into place an EAP on energy efficiency, you will reduce your company’s operating costs, increase your competitive advantage and boost employee morale. An EAP works because it increases employees’ knowledge about energy use, and motivates them to integrate effective actions and measures to reduce energy waste in their day-to-day work. As a result, they will play an important and ongoing role in ensuring that your facilities are energy efficient for years to come.
CIPEC will work with you to get your EAP up and running. CIPEC is a partnership between government and private industry aimed at improving Canada’s industrial energy efficiency. The success of your EAP is part and parcel of Canada’s commitment to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Visit the CIPEC Web site to find out more about the financial and technical support available to Canadian industry to save energy and help the environment. oee.nrcan.gc.ca/cipec
Your company will “profit” from
- ingrained energy-saving behaviours
- lower operating and maintenance costs
- a more comfortable work environment
- effective long-term, two-way communications with employees
- an improved corporate image as a good environmental citizen and contributor to community action
Start at your own pace and build on your success. And when you need it, NRCan’s OEE is there to help.
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