The largest electricity consumers are sophisticated buyers supported by well-regarded consultants and other service providers that will help them to manage their exposure to volatile energy markets. But small and medium sized businesses care just as much as large companies about controlling their energy costs.
According to the EPA, small businesses spend more than $60 billion a year on energy. (Link to PDF) EPA estimates that "small businesses that invest strategically can cut energy costs 10 to 30 percent without sacrificing service, quality, style or comfort, all while making significant contributions to a cleaner environment."
Energy is one of the of the least considered and managed expenses for many businesses even through it accounts for a large part of their expenses. For many types of business, energy can be the third or fourth largest expense. Yet, most small businesses are far too passive when it comes to the acquisition of and use of energy.
Tipping Point Energy has launched it's Energy Leverage service designed to provide small and medium sized businesses by helping them to develop and implement a strategic energy management plan that fits their needs:
- survey existing facilities and collect data an historical energy use patterns
- understand operational constraints on your building that will help you to
- develop an energy procurement strategy based on a multi-dimensional analysis of the risks and opportunities of the management
- identify no-cost/low-cost opportunities to save money with simple operational or behavioral adjustments
- identify investment opportunities in capital equipment that are profitable
- advise and assist in identifying financing alternatives to implement profitable energy efficiency capital projects