The basics of an energy change project

picture_define_progress_and_requirements.jpgThe success of your project often depends on how well you have outlined your goals and desired outcomes. In order to track how close or far  to reaching the goals and producing the outcomes you are, you need to set indicators that will be your "signposts' along the way.
Key Instructions: 
1. Use the Tool: Define Goals and Manage External Demands to define and manage your project’s success indicators.
2. Save the information and criteria you have developed and use them to assess your project at key milestones during the implementation (Step 13: Evaluate and Improve).
3.  If you need more advice on success criteria and the related indicators and baselines, see Backgrounds: Why is it important to track your progress? and Quantify and qualify project success.
lampun_vaihtaminen.jpgTypical instruments for promoting energy saving include financial support and services, information and education campaigns, metering and feedback, energy audits, energy advice and voluntary commitments and programmes.

If you know what problem you are trying to address (see Step 1: Pinpoint your Problem), it is easier to select the right instruments to solve it.

Key Instructions: 

1. Select the appropriate instruments for your problem (see introductions in Tools: Tailor your instruments to context). If you need extra help, we recommend the Digital Instrument Planner offered by Agency NL.

2. Decide how to adapt them to your context (see advice in Tools: Tailor your instruments to context).

3. If necessary, read more about each instrument (see Backgrounds: Instruments to promote energy savings). They also give more detailed advice on success factors and how to adapt your instruments to context.

Further Reading: 

iStock_000011718394XSmall.jpgWasteful use of energy results from many factors. You need to have a good understanding of a) what causes the problem, because identifying the causes helps to show the issues that you need to deal with in order to solve the problem, and b) what effects the problem is having, because identifying the effects can help to pinpoint why others might help you in solving it (or try to stop you from solving it).

Key Instructions: 
  1. Specify your problem and find potential solutions with the problem tree (see Tools: Problem Tree).
  2. Assess how likely your target group is to change their behaviour (see Knowledge Quick Bite: How easy is this behaviour to change?).
  3. Consider which kind of behavioral change you are targeting (see Backgrounds: Two different types of behaviour).
  4. Use this information to define the goals of your project and to select your target groups, stakeholders and instruments.
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