16 Jun Small Energy Team? Boost your output without boosting your head count.
Big things are expected of an energy team. No matter the size of the company, energy can have a material impact on bottom line results. The past decade has seen a major increase in the visibility and responsibility of this team within organisations, however we haven’t seen an increase in the size of teams.
Recognise these roles? In one of the fastest changing markets, energy teams are expected to keep up with a lot…
Watch the wholesale market trends, and make sure you buy energy at a good price
Know what the latest technology can do for your company – be that software, lighting, batteries, or renewables
Build business cases, present to boards for investment, and convince internal stakeholders to support initiatives.
Work with colleagues, often geographically dispersed, in roles from maintenance to legal to ‘shop floor’, to change behaviours and imbed energy efficiency into their everyday role.
Interpret legislation (which seems to change daily!), flag risks to the business, and horizon scan for opportunities to do better.
All the while, dealing with a myriad of players within the supply chain, which includes meter operators, suppliers, consultants, brokers, and bureaus.
Individual Energy Managers, or teams of 2-5 people, make up the vast majority of energy teams in the UK. So, how can you boost your output without boosting your head count?
1, Be smart about how you collate data
Collating the torrent of data available to Energy Managers can take time if teams are using traditional ways of working. Who has time to log into portals or ask for reports from consultants, to then have to collate the data in Excel, fix issues with missing data, develop algorithms or hypothesis to test against the data, and then apply changes to forecasting? And, to then adjust everything, which depends on that forecasting (like procurement or hedge positions, and then share that with brokers and consultants!).
Data should be collected direct from the source and any missing or incorrect results immediately flagged with the party who can fix it. Bills should be automatically validated, and any anomalies exposed to the supplier to be corrected – without the need to chase by phone or email back and forth.
2, Use alerts to highlight issues, allowing you to focus on opportunities
Collecting and analysing data is difficult enough when you’re looking for a specific problem, but is even more difficult when you’re trying to be proactive and save your company money.
You need to be alerted to changes that you need to pay attention to or where something needs more investigation. Proactive alerts remove the process of looking for trouble, instead providing opportunities to make improvements, some of which may have gone undetected.
3, Make sure information is displayed to who needs to see it, in the way they need to see it
Teams can’t be on board if the information you are sharing with them is across multiple spreadsheets and confusing to you, let alone to them! Ensure that easily accessible data is available, to anyone who needs to see it, whether in the office, out and about, on a mobile, tablet or PC.
The old ways of working are dead. The reality is, teams are small, but that doesn’t mean they need to act small, delivering small results. The Utilidex Hub is revolutionising the way that small teams can keep up and deliver a #smarterenergyfuture for their organisations
Read how Aviva have been using Utilidex’s intuitive technology to save energy