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We're on a mission to save energy in the workplace. Smart Energy in Offices (SEiO) is a program from Duke Energy dedicated to helping reduce energy consumption in office buildings. By educating office workers about small, simple changes they can make to their daily routine—and encouraging and rewarding new good habits—we can make a difference in our community.

How it works in the workplace

It’s easier than you’d think. By adopting a team mindset and fostering ownership—two key elements in any successful work environment—SEiO makes it simple and fun for property managers, building operators and tenants to minimize workplace energy use. Through the SEiO Engagement Manager and our online Smart Energy HQ resource, we’ll help teams:

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Benchmark

Access information about your building’s energy usage, load factors and historical trends—and understand what those numbers actually mean.

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Plan

Receive ongoing support from your SEiO Engagement Manager to establish goals and prioritize opportunities through an Energy Action Plan.

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Act

Initiate action campaigns, games, and friendly competitions to motivate individuals to become Smart Energy Workers. Create opportunities for building engineers to focus attention on operational best practices and share their experience and insights with peers in the community.

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Reward

Teams receive recognition in the community as their building advances through Levels of Achievement. Campaigns, competitions, and other educational resources motivate teams for maximum energy savings.

Working together to reduce energy use in office buildings

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As an individual

Simple changes in your daily work life can make a big difference in reducing energy usage.

  • Turn off the lights and put your computer in standby mode at the end of the day.
  • Want to make a bigger difference? Talk to your property manager about getting the rest of your building engaged.
  • Learn more energy saving tips and get more information on the program.

As a company

Starting a group program in your office is easy. We’ll provide you with the tools and resources to get your office engaged in energy saving challenges.

  • We’ll equip you with a program for ongoing engagement and help you gain recognition as you move up the community leaderboard.
  • Want to make a bigger difference? Talk to your property manager about getting the rest of your building engaged.

As a building

A building-wide effort makes an enormous difference in energy savings. We make it easy.

  • We’ll give you the tools and resources you need to save energy and reduce costs in your building.
  • We can help you work towards your corporate sustainability goals and engage and retain your tenants.

Community in action

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The Smart Energy Now® program from Duke Energy was dedicated to helping reduce energy consumption in Charlotte's Uptown office buildings. Focused on educating office workers in Uptown Charlotte about small, simple changes you can make to your daily routine that together have a huge impact on Charlotte’s energy usage. Our goal was to reduce energy usage in Uptown Charlotte by 5%. With your help we brought it down by 6.2%. An extra 1.2% might not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to power over 500 homes for a year.

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“We had an excellent response to our computer monitor campaign. Before the campaign, approximately 18% of all monitors in the Charlotte office were turned off in the evenings. During the campaign, we had a staff participation rate of 72%! The Green Team's goal is to periodically check to see if monitors are turned off, evaluate how we are doing and see if the staff needs any gentle reminders.”

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Past Events

Occupancy Awareness Month Sweepstakes Winners

Occupancy Awareness Month Sweepstakes Winners

October 31, 2016

  • During the month of September we focused on the correlation between variables in a building’s energy use, and how that relates to a building’s occupancy. We encouraged SEiO Coaches and Operators to validate our findings by updating or verifying their building’s occupancy in their property profiles in the Smart Energy HQ.

    All entries were placed into an official drawing by American Sweepstakes Company, and we were happy to award Biltmore Estate gift cards to the following three Grand Prize winners for updating their building’s occupancy in the Smart Energy HQ: Kevin A. of Cushman & Wakefield, Jeimy A. of CBRE, and Lauren M. of Trinity Partners. Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to all who entered.

Recap of the Re-tuning Class at Semi-Annual Operator Forum

Recap of the Re-tuning Class at Semi-Annual Operator Forum

October 26, 2016

  • The Semi-Annual Operator Forum on October 25th, 2016 at UNC Charlotte Center City focused on a Building Re-tuning Class led by Dr. Robert Cox, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNC Charlotte in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

    Participants heard from Professor Cox on topics ranging from the latest technology trends and how they affect building operators, to understanding the basic retuning process and how to apply it to major systems such as Air Handling Units, Chilled Water Plants and Economizers.

    Attendees also benefited from learning the specific process for identifying these energy-savings opportunities, and how the ongoing SEiO Operator Campaigns provide a way to apply this knowledge to enable savings right away. Our next Semi-annual Operator Forum will be in spring of 2017 and we look forward to seeing you there.

Semi-Annual Operator Forum

Semi-Annual Operator Forum

October 25, 2016

  • Save the date for our next Semi-Annual Operator Forum on October 25, 2016. Stay tuned for more information!

Fall Off is Coming!

Fall Off is Coming!

October 1, 2016

  • Stay tuned for Fall Off, the next community wide challenge from Smart Energy in Offices, coming this October!

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