Due to ever increasing energy demand, global competition, and economic conditions, it is imperative for businesses to have a working smart energy plan. To achieve the desired results, innovative solutions are needed.
We propose a cloud-based web service platform called "Smart Green Initiative (SGI)". SGI is a collaborative and iterative platform where businesses help each other by sharing their real-world ideas to reduce energy consumption and eliminate waste.
HOW IT WORKS:
Let us say, Company-A wants to become energy efficient. They join SGI and follow the steps.
Using the available tools in SGI and/or other means, Company-A will analyze their specific data (such as Green Button Data, smart meter data, etc.) to understand how its energy is consumed, what is consuming the most energy, where and when the waste is happening, etc.
Based on the analysis and ideas available in SGI, Company-A will implement a set of energy saving ideas/methods to save energy. This could mean eliminating phantom loads, updating lighting, HVAC, upgrading most energy consuming devices, etc.
Following implementation, Company-A will get the results of their efforts - and sort which ideas worked, which ideas did not work, what were the obstacles, etc.
Company-A will share their successful and unsuccessful ideas and their practical solutions with SGI community. Company-A will be providing vital information to the rest of the community and its ideas are available to other companies.
Like Company-A, other companies (i.e. Company-B, Company-C, etc.) will follow Steps 1 to 4, and then the ideas from those companies are added to the SGI community. With these new ideas available, Company-A can repeat their process (Steps 1 to 4), to further eliminate energy waste and reduce energy consumption.
By sharing this vital information, the SGI community will build and implement more efficient, environmentally responsible and economically viable energy efficient solutions together. This will likely spur investing in technological innovations and R&D as well as new business ventures.
WHY COMPANIES WOULD SHARE:
- Goodwill: By sharing, companies create goodwill among other businesses, their customers and community.
- Publicity: Sharing generates positive publicity for companies which it can take advantage of either through traditional or social media channels.
- Profits: Energy efficiency = reduced overhead costs = increased profits.
- Innovation: Sharing creates innovation through idea generation and collaboration.
- Efficient: A collaborative environment provides solutions that are better, easier and quicker than working alone.