If you are a group a professional, practitioner or individual in pursuit of responsible energy use, you would do well to partner with energy saving organizations. Members of such organizations include industries, governments and individuals with similar goals and challenges. They all share the same objective of expanding their knowledge of energy conservation.
Becoming a member of the right organization opens the door to a wealth of expertise. You will be exposed to many networking opportunities, information and resources. Additionally, energy conservation groups may also provide invaluable services that include informational resources, educational opportunities and industry support. When looking for an energy conservation group, remember the following:
1. Make sure the energy conservation organization you're interested in is credible. See if they partner with other reputable organizations.
2. Many organizations don’t stipulate membership for certification.
3. Some organizations charge fees for memberships, so make sure you’re getting your money’s worth before you pay.
Become a member of an energy conservation networkAlthough many organizations offer information, tools and resources to non-members, you can benefit substantially from becoming a member. Membership opens the door to additional services, products and representation. If you hope to incorporate energy conservation into your business practices, register as a business rather than as just an individual, if possible, so your employees can benefit from the membership.
Take advantage of training and certification opportunities provided by energy conservation associatiTake advantage of educational programs and tools to learn about current energy conservation initiatives and find out what you can do to help. Many organizations offer information on upcoming seminars, conferences, workshops and other programs.
Join energy conserving organizations that offer a full schedule of events and conferencesEvents and conferences are a boon to any cause or industry. They give you an opportunity to network and share issues with your peers. More importantly, they provide you an opportunity to further your relationships with other businesses or individuals concerned with energy conservation.
- If you're considering energy saving associations for their online resources, look for one with an active forum where you can discuss issues with industry experts in real time.