Todd Feist ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is sustainability program manager at IREM Headquarters in Chicago.
Recommend and use efficient equipment and appliances,
such as those with the ENERGY STAR® label.
Provide information to residents or tenants about APS
devices. Check with the local utility about the availability of
incentives for APSs.
Think about your audience. Tenant companies may have
different perspectives on energy efficiency according
to industry, mission, customer base and other factors.
Be aware of which tenant companies have sustainability
initiatives. These companies may be more receptive
to a plug load management program. Prioritize your
engagement and tailor your messaging appropriately.
Select the right communication methods for the audience.
Engagement methods including workshops, feedback
sessions, email reminders, competitions, incentives and
signage should be varied and deployed strategically.
Leverage existing resources. The IREM Certified
Sustainable Property program includes templates and tools
for resident and tenant engagement on energy and water
efficiency, health and wellness, recycling and purchasing.
Determine if submetering by tenant spaces is possible.
This will depend on space configurations, electrical
infrastructure, cost and other aspects.
Plan your engagement program in advance so that you are
persistent but not excessive in your messaging.
Share how management is doing its part by presenting
information on the property’s sustainability features
and inviting residents or tenants to collaborate on your
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Average energy consumption declined
by 13 percent for those study participants
tending to their chickens. At the conclusion of the study, 69 percent indicated
that the game helped them be more en-ergy-conscious. A pilot is underway in an
effort to commercialize Energy Chickens, but the research results indicate that
gamification can be an effective tool in
managing plug loads.
Aside from a novel approach like Energy
Chickens, structure, personalization and
persistence in resident or tenant engagement, along with energy-efficient equipment, have the best chance at success.
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