Less Than 12 Minutes: The Time it Takes to Watch our Top 5 Videos and Start to Take Control of Your Energy Costs
Since it’s a fresh new year, my neurons are feeling extra snappy and there’s a whiff of the Golden Globes still in the air, I thought it might be helpful to do a roundup of our Top 5 videos. But instead of taking the direct path, I’ll show you how I would have titled them and highlight the most important takeaways in each one.
The videos are information-packed, but brief, running from 1 to 4 ½ minutes each. So, in less than 12 minutes, you can learn how to take firm control of your energy costs this year and make a real difference to your bottom line.
1. Original Title: Inside the Bruce Power Saver
My Title: Whether Your Energy Earns or Burns, It’s Your Call: Start Optimizing and Saving Energy with the Bruce Power Saver
Ontario utility bills have an average error rate of 1-3%. Odds are you’re losing thousands of dollars. You know you should be analyzing your bills every single month, but who has the time? Watch this 60-second video to see how the Bruce Power Saver can help, by automatically verifying, analyzing and storing your bills. Learn how to get more transparency, by accessing the hourly data your bills don’t provide and finding opportunities to save. Set budgets, trend against your consumption and let the Power Saver automatically produce the reports you need. Your bills may not be 100% accurate but the Power Saver is, and this video will show you how to take firm control of your energy costs. Watch Inside the Bruce Power Saver now.
2. Original Title: We Love You, Spreadsheets, But You’re Bringing Us Down
My Title: ♪ ♫ Hello from the Other Si-ide! ♪ ♫: It’s time to Ditch Spreadsheets. There’s a New Tool in Town.
Yes, Adele’s song is lovely, but it’s starting to wear a groove in our cochlear something or other – much like spreadsheets have worn out their welcome. In just 2 minutes – less than half the length of Adele’s song and getting to the point much faster – this video shows why you need better tools than cumbersome, manual spreadsheets to manage your energy consumption. The Bruce Power Saver eliminates human error, automates data input, verifies your bills, removes the effects of weather and production variables from your data and allows you to accurately analyze your energy efficiency efforts. For years, spreadsheets have helped us run our businesses. But when it comes to helping us manage our energy costs, they’ve been bringing us down. Better tools are available. It’s time to use them. Watch the video to learn more: We Love You, Spreadsheets, But You’re Bringing Us Down.
3. Original Title: Apples to Apples
My Title: When You Love Both Kids, But One is Just Better: How to Accurately Compare Energy Consumption Across Your Various Facilities
You know you shouldn’t think it. It’s certainly not ok to say it, but on any given day, you may like one child better than the other. Maybe they were quieter during the game, or they didn’t fidget at the movies. That’s what happens when you raise a couple of kids with very different personalities and ages. But how can you really compare them when they’re so different? It’s the same with your facilities. Say you have two facilities, of two different sizes, and in two different climate zones. How do you know which one is really performing better and why? Watch this 2-minute video to see how The Bruce Power Saver collects your data, accounts for variables and gives you a base from which to compare energy consumption in a business metric that makes sense to you. For example, if you were a dairy producer, you could compare the cost of energy per pound of dairy product produced. Sound refreshing? Watch this short video to find out how we can help you pinpoint waste, identify outliers, troubleshoot problems and set better goals for saving energy, by comparing Apples to Apples.
4. Original Title: Bill Verification: Overpayments Add Up
My Title: There’s a Hole in My Bucket Dear Liza, Dear Liza: Billing Mistakes Are Common and Costly – Bruce Power Direct Can Find the Leaks and Get Your Money Back
When it comes to your energy bills, mistakes happen, and sometimes you pay for more than you use. This can add up to significant overpayments. In fact, we estimate that for a company that consumes roughly 10 million kWh per year, billing errors can cost up to $50,000 annually. The good news is that we can get your money back – but we have to find the mistakes first. Our Bill Verification Program can help, and there are no upfront costs. Our software analyzes every electricity bill you’ve paid over the past two years, and if you’ve overpaid, we’ll file a claim on your behalf and share the savings. We’ll also prepare a complete report of your costs and consumption, give you valuable insights into your energy usage and identify opportunities to save. Take 1 ½ minutes and watch this video to learn more. If you haven’t been overcharged that’s great, but if you have, it’s time to get your money back. Watch: Bill Verification.
5. Original Title: Changing Energy Costs and What It Means for Your Bottom line
My Title: It’s Not You, It’s Them: The Shift from Variable Pricing to Fixed Costs and How That Affects Your Bottom Line
Yes, energy costs are rising. They’ve risen by 40% over the last 5 years in Ontario, and the Ministry of Energy is projecting a further 8% increase per year over the next 5 years. So, it’s not just you, it’s them. But the way in which those costs are broken out is also changing, shifting from variable pricing to fixed costs, which include building and maintaining infrastructure. What has caused the shift? Ontario phased out coal generation and we had to replace it with something, including renewable resources, which come with 100% fixed costs. In a nutshell, aging infrastructure that requires investment, a transition to a lower carbon economy and the associated investments in wind and solar are increasing the fixed component of your costs. Energy use has also fallen in the last decade, so each kWh used now has to carry more of those fixed costs. What does this mean to your bottom line? Senior Electricity Advisor Kate Bagshaw explains it all here. It’s 4 minutes of your time worth spending. Watch it: Changing Energy Costs and What It Means for Your Bottom line.
Our videos are designed to quickly give you valuable insight into how to better manage your energy costs. For more information on how you can begin to optimize and save energy in your organization using the Bruce Power Saver, contact us today.