If your business needs to save money and is looking to reduce your energy consumption costs, you’re not alone. With rising costs and shrinking profits, companies everywhere are looking for ways to cut expenses and boost their energy efficiency. More and more business owners and facilities managers are turning to an energy consultant like Energy Network to get a comprehensive look at the ways that they can use wise energy management to save money. However, not all energy management companies are equal. Here are some questions we’d suggest that you ask to make sure that you are choosing the right energy management company.
Can I get in touch with them when I need to?
The essence of a consultant’s job is to be there for you when you need it. However, you’d be surprised at how many companies just don’t have the resources or the manpower to truly be there when you need them to be. Do your best to get an accurate idea of how easy it will be to get in touch with your energy management company, how often you’ll need to contact them, and whether you have a good phone number or contact method to reach them.
How much do they know about my industry?
You know your industry, but if your energy consultant doesn’t, they could miss key methods of improving your energy efficiency, simply because they don’t understand your processes. It is one thing to have an office building full of salespeople and optimize that for energy efficiency; it is quite a different thing to have an oil refinery or a heavy equipment dealership or a cleanroom and optimize that.
At the same time, it goes without saying that every industry is different and there is no way that your energy consultant could know every single tiny little detail about the way your company works. Your energy management company knows energy; only you know your own industry as well as you do.
Therefore, the more important thing you should look for is whether your energy management company has a plan for how to find out what they need to know in order to provide you with the best possible advice. Do they ask you questions? Do they dig in to the ways that your equipment uses energy? Do they conduct a site inspection? What is their procedure for measuring your current energy consumption to establish a baseline? The more that your consultant can demonstrate that they will be able to find out the information they need to know, the better off you will be.
How many methods do they have to offer?
There are so many ways to save energy, it’s hard to stay on top of them all. However, energy management consultants who are less well-trained may have only one “pet” method that they always suggest to everyone as a blanket solution, such as going solar or using a particular brand of energy monitoring software (which they may have an affiliate relationship with). Look for a consultant who has a robust arsenal of solutions at their disposal.
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