Folks in business know what their labor productivity is. They manage labor resources very closely.
Manufacturing managers know what their scrap rate is. Reducing raw material waste is one of their goals.
Productivity measures like labor hours per 1,000 units produced and percentage of units scrapped are targets for continuous improvement.
Business leaders should treat energy productivity and energy waste the same way. How many kilowatts does it take to make 1,000 units of product? How much energy does your business use when there is no production?
Is your energy productivity better or worse? If you do not know, you may be missing a way to improve your profit.
If your product cannot be counted or weighed, try counting the energy units per square foot of building space or per employee. If that does not work for your business model, calculate the energy used per dollar of income generated.
Establish a base line and then start a program to increase your energy productivity.
Energy savings can be a big factor in justifying the upgrade of equipment. Better energy productivity means lower operating cost.
It will also give a boost to your business image if you can advertise that you have reduced your use of natural resources. Going green can earn more of those green dollars.
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