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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:



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



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



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.



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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Smart Energy Events

Upcoming Events

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 [email protected].

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!

Past Events

Happy Holidays!

December 31, 2015

  • The Smart Energy in Offices Team wants to THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN SMART ENERGY IN OFFICES this year. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and prosperous New Year. Stay tuned to learn more about our new campaigns and updates launching in 2016!

National Energy Awareness Month

October 1, 2015

  • October is National Energy Awareness Month, a national effort to underscore how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being:

    What better time than to kick off your first (or next!) Smart Energy in Offices campaign? Call your Smart Energy in Offices Engagement Manager or email to get started today!

First Semi-Annual Operator Forum a Success

September 15, 2015

  • More than thirty of Smart Energy in Offices’ (SEiO) participating building operators gathered on September 15th at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport to attend a half-day workshop that fostered successful networking, industry education, and SEiO program updates. Presentations included best practices in facilities management provided by Chris Brady, Director of Facilities at BGEA and Lee Dunfee, Senior Vice President, East Engineering Lead at Cushman & Wakefield. Eugenia Taylor, Administrative Services Strategy Manager at Duke Energy, spoke about Energy Conservation. Attendees participated in enhanced roundtable discussions and learned valuable information to get them prepared for the next six-months of operator campaigns. Finally, they were introduced to the new SEiO Operator Network, an ongoing forum that fosters communication best practice sharing among building operators.

Greenville, SC Building Operator Focus Luncheon

May 20, 2015

  • The SEiO team took the Building Operator Focus session to Greenville, SC in May. After enjoying lunch at City Range, attendees shared valuable insight and feedback on how they anticipate maximizing the benefits of participation in SEiO.


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