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Steps to Improving Your Organisation’s Energy Productivity

Whether your organisation is wanting to reduce costs, operate more sustainably or generate revenue from existing energy assets, now’s the time to explore your options and take action.

ERM’s General Manager of Sales & Business Development, Martin Becker, says he’s noticed a shift in customer focus towards managing energy volumes and productivity.

This is no surprise given that the the return on investment (ROI) for energy-saving initiatives is so significant. Rising energy prices and decreasing technology costs also means that projects are now paying off in the shorter term.

You no longer have to wait seven or eight years to recoup the investment . New projects can pay for themselves in as little as three-to-four years. While this is a compelling incentive, yet many organisations are unsure where to start.

ERM’s Advise/Deliver/Track approach is guiding hundreds of commercial and industrial customers on their energy journey.

Overcome overwhelm
“While customers are aware of the challenges and costs they’re facing, not all of them have an informed energy strategy or energy management plan to tackle initiatives,’’ says Martin.

“Many customers are fatigued. They have been bombarded by product pushers and sellers offering energy solutions and a variety of products. As a result, they may be implementing projects that are counterproductive instead of asking, ‘Where do I best deploy my capital to ensure l get maximum ROI?’’’

Martin says that while energy volume reductions are a key component of any energy initiative, they are only a fragment of a bigger picture.

“Many customers have experienced significant price rises, so naturally they are focused on reducing the volume of energy they consume,’’ he says.

That’s why we believe in making things simple for our customers

Our Advise/Deliver/Track process means you don’t just shelve the plan; we help you action the plan and give you tools to track and manage your usage.

Step 1: Advise
It all begins with data
At ERM, we understand the challenges our customers are facing and helping them manage costs is our number priority. We offer a data-driven service to help you make fully informed decisions on how you can best invest capital and other resources.

“Accessing your organisation’s data and understanding where and how energy is being consumed is the first step,’’ says Martin.

“Our approach is to gather the data, undertake the in-depth analytics and then prepare an energy road map, which covers everything from prudent housekeeping initiatives and good energy management practices, right through to larger projects that combine solar PV, batteries, power factor correction, asset optimisation and lighting upgrades.

“Customers can benefit upfront from our energy experts, data scientists, deep industry knowledge, wholesale trading experience and insight into how your organisation uses energy.

“The recommendations and our advice are bespoke. Some initiatives require capex, some don’t. Customers need to understand where they can achieve the best ROI. The solutions we propose are not pre-determined, they are designed and focused on delivering the maximum return for our customers.

“Every customer is different, so our solutions are always tailored to meet their specific needs.’’

Step 2: Deliver
Implementing smart solutions
Whether it’s a simple lighting upgrade or a multi-site, multi-product roll-out, ERM does whatever it takes to make your organisation energy smarter. We act as project manager and head contractor to manage the complex supply chain and delivery of the project that best suits your needs. The sequencing and deployment plan is critical to maximise impact and savings.

“We also offer a number of financing options,’’ says Martin. “Some people have budgets and capital they need to deploy. For others, we can offer on-bill financing options. This turns capital investment into operating expenditure and allows you to pay it off over time.

“Increasingly we seek out potential government funding for our customers. There are many options available and in some instances our customers are unaware of these. We can navigate what’s on offer across states and territories on your behalf.’’

Step 3: Track
Results that transform your business
Crucially, ERM Power is able to measure and verify initiatives that impact energy use.

“Many of our customers have implemented efficiency measures,’’ says Becker, “but how do you circle back and say, ‘Did that initiative achieve what I expected?’ ERM can validate whether or not the expected savings were achieved. This closes the loop and gives clarity.”

As well as measuring the impact of individual energy efficiency projects over a period of time, ERM gives organisations the tools to manage their demand on an ongoing basis.

“Managing your peak demand is very important. It’s a major component of the cost structure for many electricity tariffs. If you exceed your peak demand at any period during the day, you may (depending upon your tariff) end up paying for that additional capacity for the entire year. We have developed tools to support customers and prevent this happening.’’

For example, the ERM app has the power to forecast peak periods and send alerts to your phone in time for you to take action and adjust energy usage.

This is just one way ERM is innovating and empowering our customers to manage their energy costs.

“We deliver a fully integrated, end-to-end energy solution, and that is what our customers are telling us they want,’’ says Martin.