“Without managerial attention, not much happens. Most managers pay little attention to such seemingly small line-items as energy (1 to 2% of most industries’ costs). Similarly, most manufacturing firms choose investments that increase output or market share in preference to those that cut operating costs. What both these habits overlook is that saved overheads drop from the top to the bottom line, where even small cost savings added back to profits can look a lot bigger. When the CEO of a Fortune 100 company heard that one of his sites had an outstanding energy manager who was saving $3.50 per square foot per year, he remarked, “That’s nice - it’s a million-square-foot facility, isn’t it? So he must be adding $3.5 million a year to our bottom line.” In the next breath, he added: “I can’t really get excited about energy, though - it’s only a few percent of my cost of doing business.” He had to be shown the arithmetic to realize that achieving similar results in his 90-odd million square feet of facilities worldwide could boost that year’s net earnings by 56%. The energy manager was promoted to spread his practice companywide.”—
from Natural Capitalism, by Hawken, Lovins and Lovins.
if your company has a large building or ten, you can pay yourself well by hiring a talented energy manager. if your school has a building construction program and you aren’t training talented energy managers, you are failing. btw, talented energy managers are good for the environment.