Setting goals is an underrated and difficult part of an energy manager’s job. Setting the right goals can lead your team to success, but goals which are unrealistic or too complex will only lead to failure and frustration.
The key to setting good goals is setting SMART goals. A SMART goal is:
Simple – When you are setting your energy management goals, remember the acronym K.I.S.S. – keep it simple, silly! A simple goal is easy to understand and communicate with your team, whereas overly-complex goals may lead to confusion and frustration.
Measurable – You should be able to quantify your goal using specific industry metrics. It is not enough to say you want to “get better” at managing your energy consumption. How will you measure this? Identify the specific metrics you want to improve upon, and set a tangible number you want to reach.
Attainable – It is important to find a balance of difficulty when setting your energy management goals. If the goal is too easy, there will be little sense of accomplishment when it is reached. If it is too difficult, you will become frustrated when you fail to meet it. The perfect goal should be challenging, but achievable.
Relevant – The goal should be relevant to your job and organization. Choose a goal that delivers real, tangible value to get everyone on board.
Timely – Time is money! Setting a deadline for your goal creates a sense of urgency; without one, things usually don’t get done. Make sure your deadline is realistically attainable, though. If you have a big goal, break it up into several small steps and set a timeframe for each.
The power monitoring equipment available from Electro Industries can help you set and achieve your SMART energy management goals. Our power meters, submeters, and energy management systems have helped businesses across the world save money and energy for the past 40+ years. Visit our website to learn how we can help you meet and exceed your goals, or give us a call at (866) 928-7908.December 9, 2016