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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

A Butterfly Effect is taking flight!

A Butterfly Effect is taking flight!

July 18, 2016

  • SEiO is excited to launch Butterfly Effect on July 18th!

    This fun and simple tenant campaign relies on the theory that Small actions can result in big changes!

    We will be updating you with more information on the campaign and how to participate by completing actions like dressing for success, unplugging a charger, turning off a task light or monitor and how they can make a big impact in your community.

    Stay tuned as we prepare for the Butterfly Effect to take flight!

Semi-Annual Operator Forum and Annual Awards Ceremony a Success!

Semi-Annual Operator Forum and Annual Awards Ceremony a Success!

June 1, 2016

  • The Second Semi-Annual Operator Forum and the First Annual Awards Ceremony were held on May 19th, 2016 at the Hilton Center City Charlotte.

    The morning Forum session brought dozens of building Operators together to hear relevant and insightful presentations from Richard Fida, Director of Engineering at Bissell, and Rob Cox, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNC Charlotte. Attendees also participated in roundtable discussions, where hypothetical yet realistic building and tenant situations were presented, along with discussion questions that prompted solutions and best practices sharing amongst the experienced Operators.

    Immediately following the Forum, we transitioned into the much anticipated Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony, where we recognized:

    • 69 Diamond Operator Award Winners
    • 23 Gold Operator Award Winners
    • 18 Silver Operator Award Winners
    • 1 Bronze Operator Award Winner
    • 5 Diamond Building Award Winners
    • 34 Gold Building Award Winners
    • 24 Silver Building Award Winners
    • 45 Bronze Building Award Winners

    A big congratulations once again to all of our winners!

    To receive a Building Award, you must achieve levels in two out of three categories: Energy Use Benchmarking Achievement, Operator Points Achievement and Tenant/Employee Campaign Success. For Operator Awards, point are achieved for each Operator Campaign completed. Contact us at info@smartenergyinoffices.com for more details on how to be a winner at next year's awards ceremony!

Semi-Annual Operator Forum and Annual Awards Ceremony

Semi-Annual Operator Forum and Annual Awards Ceremony

May 19, 2016

  • Our next Operator Forum will be chock full of valuable information for SEiO participating Operators. Immediately following the Forum, we will transition into our much anticipated Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting SEiO event!

Coaches Dinner and Add it Up Community Challenge Overview

Coaches Dinner and Add it Up Community Challenge Overview

March 22, 2016

  • SEiO will be hosting a dinner honoring our SEiO Coaches on March 22nd at Bentley's on 27, located at 201 S College St. We are looking forward to a fun evening and would like to thank you for your dedication. We will also be sharing exciting information about our upcoming community-wide Add it Up challenge. Coaches have received invitations via email, and we request an RSVP by March 11 to info@smartenergyinoffices.com.

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