Companies Beginning to Realize Need for Corporate Eco Consultants

Increasingly, corporations are beginning to realize the ample money that can be kept in pocket through having an organized policy of energy efficiency in their facilities. Companies with energy budgets in the millions of dollars are finally waking up to the fact that they are missing out on literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars of lost profits because they lack a strong direction for energy efficiency. That is why the sustainability movement is increasingly advocating the creation of corporate energy manager positions for all large companies.

Just as residential eco consultants work in the residential environment in order to save consumers up to 30% on their utility bills, commercial and industrial eco consultants are needed in order for businesses to clean up their energy and resource use practices. The measures that can be put in place can easily save businesses just as big a piece of the pie as homeowners save under the same circumstances – it’s just a much bigger pie.

For example, one organization realized $4 million in savings with renegotiated contracts for electricity. Another saved $200,000 per year through implementation of a demand response program. Yet another found $350,000 through lighting upgrades and incentives. A wholesaler reduced its electricity use in its frozen warehouses by 80 percent after converting to LED lighting. One retailer saves $60,000 per year at each of its distribution warehouses by adjusting the temperature set points for its frozen and refrigerated warehouse to be cooler at night and warmer during the day when electricity rates were 50 percent higher. This same retailer saves $15,000 annually by recharging its electrical forklifts at 6 p.m. instead of 3 p.m., as was previously the custom, in order to take advantage of reduced electricity rates in the off-peak hours.

It is numbers like these that are slowly opening the eyes of companies to the fact that hiring eco consultants and even creating permanent positions for corporate energy management isn’t doesn’t only make sense, it is necessary in today’s economy. Look for energy management positions to start popping up all over the green collar workforce soon, as more and more companies wake up to the possibilities of increasing energy efficiency in order to save their bottom line.

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