My Energy

Manage Your Energy With My Energy From PG&E

By Megan Porter

Keeping a tight rein on expenses is a top priority for small and medium-sized California businesses, and one of the greatest expenses can be energy. The traditional problem for many business owners has been finding the time with their busy schedules to think about reducing energy consumption.

All of that has changed in the wake of an Obama administration challenge to the energy industry to enable customers to download their energy usage information from their utilities online. The resulting initiative was dubbed the Green Button and it was modeled after the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Blue Button program that enables veterans to download their health information online.1

Today, business customers of investor-owned utilities have the power to control energy costs literally at their fingertips. For example, the My Energy tool on the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) website enables you to see how your company is using energy and make adjustments online that can help you save energy and lower your utility bills.2

A secure solution for energy efficiency
My Energy is a secure password-protected website on pge.com. After registering and logging into My Energy, you can go to the My Usage tab and download your data by clicking on the Green Button. You can then share that data with third-party service providers who can help you find ways to save energy and money.

On My Energy you can also use the Business Energy Checkup to get a detailed online assessment of your facility’s energy use and get energy-saving recommendations customized for your business. My Energy also enables you to pay bills and set up alerts, notifications and more. You can also see balances and activity for all of your accounts, bulk-pay multiple bills from different payment accounts and even choose different payment dates.

Businesses that log into My Energy and take the Business Energy Checkup are well on their way to implementing a comprehensive energy management plan. But making that plan work requires a team effort. To achieve success, your energy management plan should include a means to keep track of energy use over time, methods of assessing energy performance and a plan for continuously improving that performance.

Implementing an energy management program
The following seven-step process can help your business build an energy management program that results in cost savings and operational improvements:

  1. Go all in. Commitment is a common element of successful energy management programs. Dedicate enough staffing and funding to achieve continuous improvement, create dedicated energy teams and institute energy policies that are clear and achievable.
  2. Evaluate your energy use. Knowing how much energy your company uses is critical when implementing an effective energy management program. Log into My Energy to review your past and current energy usage. If you don’t have a My Energy account, registering for one is easy on pge.com.
  3. State objectives. It is crucial to set clear and measurable goals in order to develop effective strategies and reap financial gains. Goals provide the basis for tracking and measuring progress, and promoting continuous improvement.
  4. Develop a plan of action. Now that you’ve established clear goals for your program, you’re ready to map out a plan for improving energy performance. This is where PG&E’s Business Energy Checkup comes in. The Business Energy Checkup provides you with the tools you need to analyze your energy use and figure out creative ways to reduce energy use at peak times of the day.
  5. Launch the program. Implementing the action plan will require a team effort from your staff. It is important to clearly communicate energy performance goals and initiatives to all staff and to ensure that they understand their responsibilities. Training and incentives raise awareness and motivate employees to improve energy performance.
  6. Measure the results. To evaluate how well the program is working, it is important to review both how much energy you’re using as well as activities carried out to achieve the goals. Your business can use evaluation results and information gathered during the review process to identify best practices and set new performance goals.
  7. Reward accomplishments. Recognizing those whose efforts have helped achieve program goals motivates employees and thereby helps sustain momentum and support for your program. Achieving recognition from outside sources also validates the importance of the program and provides positive exposure for the organization as a whole.

Getting started
Begin by assessing your current energy performance with My Energy. Next, use the Business Energy Checkup for a detailed online assessment of your facility and energy-saving recommendations customized for your business. By combining these resources with the seven-step process outlined above, you will put yourself on a path to reducing operating costs, increasing overall efficiency and making your business more competitive.

Looking for more great ways to save? You can find many more smart practices by downloading PG&E’s free eBook, "25 Money-Saving Tips for Businesses".



Sources:
  1. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  2. Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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  • SMB Blog Author
    Megan Porter
    Senior Program Marketing Manager at PG&E, is a recognized leader in solutions marketing for small and medium-sized businesses. Megan uses her proven and practical expertise to bring energy efficiency education to businesses in every industry. In this vital role, she develops and oversees highly successful initiatives that result in the adoption of more efficient long-term energy management behaviors.
 

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