The tools helped to reflect on this project and to perform better in similar projects. We learned for example that attention to the needs of target group can be far more important than technical or financial indicators. - Egle Jaraminiene, COWI Lietuva
This is an excerpt from the project story Changing energy use behaviour at workplace in Northtown Technology Park – experiences of Egle Jaraminiene of COWI Lietuva in using the Make Energy Change Happen Toolkit. Here, we tell how Cowi Lietuva used our tools to develop a learning culture.
We have performed the MECHanisms mid-project and end-of project self-evaluations. It helped us to find out that we did not pay sufficient attention to evaluation and the use of evaluation results in our project. We improved this issue by providing more feedback to the target group. It seems to us it would be also very useful to perform this self-check in the initial design phase of the project.
The main message we used in our information campaign was: "Everybody knows what he or she needs to do to reduce energy consumption, but new behaviour is not a habit – constant reminders are needed". Office employees were invited to participate by making labels and placing them near switches. Examples of such reminders were provided via email.
Mid-project self-evaluation lead to some improvements in ongoing project: looking for possibilities to engage our target group stronger we decided to use smart metering. The idea of performing inventory of electrical equipment also has arisen during the brainstorming with colleagues on CB self-evaluation.
End-of-project reflection questions
These questions helped to reflect on what we learned from this project and how we could perform better in similar projects. We have learnt that the attention to the needs of target group could be far more important than technical aspects and financial indicators of the project.