energy cost reduction

We customize each program to meet our client's specific objectives in energy cost reduction, and to align with its corporate culture and organizational structure. Kilojolts' ultimate goal is to develop a best practices approach to eliminating energy/facilities cost waste from our client's balance sheet.

Our initiatives help companies

  • Increase energy awareness
  • Manage usage and demand
  • Leverage the deregulated marketplace
  • Redress billing and metering irregularities
  • Address facilities operations issues

Kilojolts' services include:

Virtual Energy Manager Program: The Outsourcing Alternative

The Dilemma

How can you and your company best take advantage of deregulation, time-sensitive utility incentives for energy management, and refine operational and maintenance procedures without adding to your overhead?

The Solution

The Virtual Energy Manager Program (VEMP) is a turnkey outsourced solution that provides the services of a senior-level corporate energy manager without the associated salary and benefits costs. VEMP allows you to hit the ground running without the usual ramp-up period associated with a new employee.

Kilojolts' Virtual Energy Manager Program services include:

Analysis
  • Energy data assimilation
  • Energy bill auditing
  • General energy conservation evaluations
  • Utility rate assessments
Deregulation
  • Strategy & pre-bid customer development
  • Partnering/aggregation
  • Turnkey RFP/bid processes
  • Watchdog services
Energy Retrofits and Programs
  • Utility incentives analysis
  • Walk-through to full-scale evaluation
  • Turnkey project development/management
  • New construction/renovation value engineering
Revenue Enhancement
  • Utility rate negotiations
  • Sub-metering & tenant retention strategies
  • Employee awards programs
  • Customer relationship programs

For more information on VEMP, contact Kilojolts at 781-861-6800 or info@kilojolts.com.

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Turnkey Deregulation & Utilities Negotiations Services

The advent of utility deregulation presents a host of opportunities for companies to reduce—and avoid—costs for utilities. The competitive marketplace is a challenging environment to navigate, however. With new power marketers springing up from nowhere and established companies going bankrupt overnight, it's important to find an experienced consultant to guide you through the deregulation process.

Kilojolts has helped many of its clients significantly reduce their utility costs by negotiating favorable contracts with utility providers. We know which companies to trust, and which to avoid; we understand the benefits and pitfalls of deregulation; and we act as our clients' advocate to negotiate the most favorable terms available under the deregulated marketplace.

Kilojolts' start-to-finish Deregulation & Utilities Negotiation Services include:
  • Utility database development & analysis
  • Facilities assessment (for generating RFP)
  • RFP preparation
  • Vendor identification and selection
  • Contract negotiations
  • Ongoing review and contract maintenance

For more information on deregulation/utilities negotiation services, contact Kilojolts at 781-861-6800 or info@kilojolts.com.

View the Slide Show on Deregulation services
Read a Deregulation Success Story

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Energy Invoice Benchmarking/Accounting/Auditing

Energy benchmarking is an essential tool in the battle against rising utility costs. Utilizing custom baselines, you can discern which facilities are truly efficient and which will benefit from alterations to operations or capital investment. Using best practices, Kilojolts helps you develop Key Performance Indicators to make sense of your energy cost center and assists you in taking the right steps to control these costs.

Wrong rates. Outdated meters. Billing errors. Energy bills can be riddled with mistakes, but most companies don't have the wherewithal to catch them or the patience to correct them. Kilojolts does.

By auditing our clients' gas, water, electricity, and telecom invoices, we've uncovered gross errors and minor mistakes—all of which can add up to plenty of money flying out the window.

When Kilojolts audits your bills, we look for examples of:
  • Incorrect rates
  • Overcharging
  • Expired meters
  • Metering errors

We'll find mistakes, demand remedy from the utilities, and ensure you receive proper compensation.

For more information on energy benchmarking invoice accounting and auditing services, contact Kilojolts at 781-861-6800 or info@kilojolts.com.

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Water Conservation

With water rates flowing ever higher, companies should use every means available to rein in usage and mitigate cost. Kilojolts' water conservation services include:
  • End-use analysis
  • Conservation measures
  • Studies
  • Project management
  • Turnkey installations
  • Awareness training programs

For more information on water conservation services, contact Kilojolts at 781-861-6800 or info@kilojolts.com.

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Success Story
Cambridge, MA

Kilojolts Coaches Cambridge On Using its "GreenSense" to Cut Electricity Usage 5.2% in the First Year

Some Departments Post 12+% decreases overall.
SITUATION
The City of Cambridge (MA) wanted to develop an energy awareness program to reduce energy consumption throughout City facilities by promoting energy-efficient practices among employees. The program needed to align with Cambridge’s commitment to climate protection and fiscal responsibility and integrate with City’s existing sustainability programs, such as green building construction and recycling.

Ellen Katz, Fiscal Director for the Cambridge Department of Public Works, spearheaded the energy awareness program with a work group of city employees across multiple departments and disciplines. Katz also retained Kilojolts Consulting Group as its “Coach” for the program. Kilojolts provides a variety of energy management services to the City of Cambridge and had conducted highly successful energy awareness programs for other clients in recent years.

The planning team selected a conservative goal of 5% reduction in energy usage 12 months from the date the energy awareness program launched.

SOLUTION
The Energy Management Work Group, along with Kilojolts Consulting Group, developed Cambridge GreenSense, a branded energy awareness program that encouraged City employees to adopt energy-saving work practices.

The results of a series of walk-through audits of selected City buildings confirmed the team’s assumptions that the prime opportunities for reducing energy waste were:

  • Lights left on in unoccupied spaces and after hours
  • Computers and other office equipment left on overnight and on weekends;
  • Heating/cooling controls issues in all seasons of the year
Program development tasks included:
  • Develop four Energy Tips attacking the prime areas of opportunity
  • Train 70 Energy Champions, who volunteered to be GreenSense ambassadors, in motivating and educating their fellow employees to follow the GreenSense Tips
  • Write, design, and distribute materials to communicate each Energy Tip, including:
    • Champion’s Energy Guides, like the "teacher's" manual for Champions
    • Posters; informational stickers, PowerPoint presentations
    • GreenSense Intranet site
  • Track monthly energy usage data and produce quarterly performance reports
RESULTS
Cambridge employees responded with great vigor to the GreenSense initiative. After the first quarter, Katz analyzed energy usage, year-over-year, across all participating city buildings. The results? A 10% decline in electricity usage in 36 city buildings — double the original goal set by the GreenSense team. The electricity reduction was equal to the amount of energy needed to power 14 homes in one year.

The results for individual departments were even more striking. The public works department slashed electricity use by 17%. The fire department and City Hall cut its usage by 14% and 13%, respectively.

Results after the second quarter of the program confirmed that employees were continuing to use their “Green Sense.” Electricity consumption decreased 1.5% in the second quarter as compared to the same months last year despite the excessive cold and snow of the winter—in January alone, the heating need was 35% greater than it was the previous year. And again, individual departments stood out. City Hall reduced energy consumption 12% in the second quarter and the fire department cut 8% off its electricity usage, year-over-year.