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NO ROOM FOR WASTE Rising energy costs have

W ith budget cuts

continuing to dominate the public sector agenda, professionals, as well as domestic users, are

beginning to count the cost of rising energy tariffs. While there is little that organisations can do to influence wholesale energy prices, there are steps that can be taken to introduce lasting behaviour change in the organisation and help keep the cost of energy to a minimum.

Crucially, by unlocking information on

day-to-day energy usage, it is possible to identify the amount of energy that is wasted across the operation. This essential data can in turn be used to help introduce the necessary rewards or penalties required to reduce it – releasing valuable cost savings.


Responsibility for energy management varies considerably across organisations. Some businesses have an energy manager, while in others it tends fall to an office manager, financial controller, facilities manager.

become a cause for increasing alarm in the public sector. Here, technology entrepreneur and founder of Zeco Energy Ltd, Jon Kent, discusses how the ability to identify waste and introduce behaviour change can help organisations of all types to take control of energy management

Whoever is tasked with the job, the most common challenge faced by those with responsibility for energy management is that the data produced from bill validation, tariff analysis and building management systems is complex and difficult to understand.

In designing the Zeco Energy

Manager software, the principle focus was to create a means of turning energy data into usable information. Rather than being technology-driven, the tool is a built as a business-user application that makes it

easy for anyone in the organisation to use and visualise usage. The ability to include non-technical stakeholders in this way in turn makes it easier to introduce accountability for wasted consumption by department and individual, as well as demonstrate future savings.

Armed with this information, it is also possible for the energy champion, be they a facilities manager, finance manager or a board level director, to incentivise staff based on a target level of savings over a set period. Data on the amount of energy



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