Thinking about strategic energy management alone is commendable. From lower utility bills, SCE discount and rebates and overall operational costs reduction, there is every reason to take energy management seriously. One of the decisions that plant managers often struggle with is whether to outsource the management or set up and in-house team to do the job. It is worth comparing both options through cost, resources and long-term direction before coming to a final conclusion.
Competent energy managers are difficult to pin down and only make a small fraction of what the industry demands. You can expect to have a fairly difficult time recruiting and hiring a certified energy manager. If you are lucky enough to find one, you can also expect to pay a high salary and benefits and continue to raise the salary as the manager gains more experience and expertise. Holding on to a great manager alone requires a lot of resources on your part.
Outsourcing energy management on the other hand eliminates the headache of recruiting, hiring and eventually retaining an energy manager.
Building the ultimate in-house team requires a huge chunk of your time and budget. In addition to this, you are likely working with one certified energy manager. As competent and experienced as he is, it is highly unlikely that he knows everything there is to know about the industry. This limits the options that you have to just what the manager knows or is comfortable with.
Outsourcing to a third party management company means you get the benefits of an entire team of certified energy managers. The team brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise that would cost a fortune to replicate in-house. The experts make it their business to stay current with energy upgrade California rebates and other areas that would prove useful for your program. The best part is you don’t have to incur the cost of a full-time team.
Finally, it takes a lot of time to implement and execute a comprehensive energy management plan. The time it takes to roll out the plan fully depends on the resources you are willing to allocate especially where manpower is concerned. As the years go by, the plan needs to be tweaked or even changed to keep up with the times. The task can take a toll on your business in the long-term.
A third party management company works in the shadows to ensure that the plan is rolled out quickly and effectively while allowing your normal business operations to continue with little or no interruptions.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of a comprehensive energy management plan. Outsourcing industrial efficiency to a third party is one of the best decisions you could make for the business especially if energy saving is at the top of your priority list.
Onsite Energy Corp.
2701 Loker Ave. West, Suite 107
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone: (760) 931-2400
Fax: (760) 931-2405
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