Companies everywhere are taking a hard look at energy consumption. They’re seeking to improve energy efficiency throughout their organizations, a laudable goal requiring significant employee buy-in and participation. One method of garnering employee support is education — more specifically, online energy efficiency education. By helping employees understand efficiency challenges and giving them the tools to affect change, businesses are reaping big rewards in the form of reduced energy consumption, improved operational efficiency, and ultimately, a healthier bottom line.
A flexible alternative to classroom learning
Experts estimate that over 41% of Fortune 500 companies are now using some form of education technology to train employees1. Replacing classroom learning with online options delivers measurable outcomes, including the following four business benefits:
- 1. Lower operating expenses
- 2. Improved productivity
- 3. Increased retention of course material
- 4. Reduced environmental impact
E-learning courses consume 90% less energy than traditional courses and result in 85% lower CO2 emissions per student, according to Great Britain’s Open University.2 Online learning also eliminates time spent travelling to off-site facilities and minimizes lost work time.
While most companies develop learning modulesfor product training or human resources initiatives, many seek outside help for topics beyond their areas of expertise. In the case of energy efficiency training, for example, many corporations trust Energy University™ to educate and empower employees in their quest to ‘go green’.
From big picture to site-specificIt’s no secret that energy comprises a significant portion of nearly every company’s operating budget. In the hotel industry, energy accounts for 3% - 6% of operating costs — a significant sum considering the number of properties a global chain might operate. As part of their corporate sustainability strategies, hotel chains such as Hilton Worldwide and Marriott® Hotels are now using Energy University courses to train property engineers, managers, and housekeeping personnel. Through courses analysing the financial impact of efficiency projects and exploring best practices for energy efficient facilities, these global giants are providing training that can influence change down to the property-specific level.
Another energy-dependent sector is healthcare — hospitals, in particular. According to one US survey, hospitals consume nearly three times the amount of energy used by the typical office building.3 To help its members expand their efficiency knowledge, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) recommends Energy University courses on topics such as energy procurement and recognizing efficiency opportunities. Food and beverage and pharmaceutical companies are also empowering engineers, plant managers, and other employees to take an active role in energy efficiency through Energy University courses highlighting conservation strategies and energy management.
Rethinking energy education
Online education is changing the way companies train employees — lowering expenses, improving productivity, and minimizing environmental wear and tear. When responsible corporations turn energy education into energy-saving actions, the environment — and their bottom line — couldn’t be happier.