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We're on a mission to save energy in the workplace. Smart Energy in Offices (SEiO) is a program dedicated to helping reduce energy consumption in commercial office buildings. SEiO empowers property managers to educate tenants about simple changes to their daily routine which can add up to big energy consumption savings. SEiO also provides energy data, tools, education, and recognition to building operators to help them increase their building’s energy efficiency, while improving their Energy Star score through automated benchmarking.

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

Smart Energy in Offices Semi-Annual Operator Forum

Smart Energy in Offices Semi-Annual Operator Forum

November 9, 2017

  • Smart Energy in Offices held its Semi-Annual Operator Forum at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Uptown Charlotte on Thursday, November 9th. The luncheon Forum included over thirty guests from organizations such as: UNC Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, City and County of Durham, Foundry Commercial, Northwoods, Flagship Healthcare, The Weidt Group, Carolinas Healthcare, and TIAA. Speakers included:

    • Julie Hyde, Duke Energy Smart Energy in Offices and Smart Energy in Healthcare
    • Dr. Robert Cox, PhD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Mark Brown, Accelerated Innovations
    • Mike Trofe, Smart Energy in Offices

    Stay tuned for information on our next Semi-Annual Operator Forum and Awards Ceremony in June 2018. Contact info@smartenergyinoffices.com with any questions.

Duke Energy Governmental Energy Society Meeting

Duke Energy Governmental Energy Society Meeting

November 9, 2017

  • Duke Energy’s Smart Energy in Offices (SEiO) sponsored a Governmental Energy Society meeting on November 9, 2017 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Uptown Charlotte as an opportunity to bring government customers together to network and share energy efficiency ideas.

    The inaugural event brought together about thirty people from organizations such as the city of Charlotte, city of Durham, Mecklenburg County, NC A&T University, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, and UNC Charlotte. Speakers included:

    • Julie Hyde, Duke Energy, Smart Energy in Offices and Smart Energy in Healthcare
    • Robert Morrow, The Weidt Group
    • Landon Williams, Duke Energy, Smart $aver
    • Donna Maskill, P.E., CEM, City of Durham

    These meetings will facilitate solutions through the discussion and sharing of challenges and successes with other government entities working towards similar goals. You will also have the ability to learn more about how SEiO and other Duke Energy programs can help you reach your goals, with the latest technology and energy saving trends. Contact info@smartenergyinoffices.com for more information or to be included in upcoming society meetings.

Second Annual Awards Ceremony Recognized 15 Organizations

Second Annual Awards Ceremony Recognized 15 Organizations

June 7, 2017

  • Duke Energy hosted its second annual Smart Energy in Offices (SEiO) operator forum and awards ceremony. SEiO has worked with more than 200 offices comprising more than 33 million square feet of commercial office spaces across five metro areas in the Carolinas and continues to expand. This year’s ceremony was held at the Sheraton in Uptown Charlotte and recognized 15 different organizations, who were awarded diamond, gold, silver and bronze participation awards. Congratulations to all of our winners! See the full list here.

Semi-annual Operator Forum and Second Annual Awards Ceremony

Semi-annual Operator Forum and Second Annual Awards Ceremony

June 6, 2017

  • The Second Annual SEiO Awards Ceremony will be held at the Sheraton in uptown Charlotte on Tuesday, June 6 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

    Click here to register, and for additional details. At the Forum, hear from Tony Auten and Allen Froman of Tier Reit on collaboration success between tenants and operations, and their experience with the UNC Charlotte operational assessment. Also hear from The Weidt Group’s Rob Morrow who will explain how Zone Cleaning vs. Team Cleaning can impact energy use. Following the Forum is the 2nd Annual SEiO Awards ceremony luncheon.

    We look forward to seeing all of our Energy Champions there.

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