12/3/2012 2:30 PM
A recent article posted to one of my LinkedIn groups generated a heated discussion. The article, titled Rotten Fruit: Why Picking Low-Hanging Fruit Hurts Efficiency and How to Fix the Problem, suggests that companies often complete easy, high-return efficiency projects such as lighting retrofits, but stop there. They do not proceed with more expensive retrofits that would also save a lot of energy but are not as quick to return their investment. The author, Auden Schendler, argues that companies should bundle efficiency projects with the highest and fastest returns with those that have lower or slower returns in order to get more projects approved and completed.
The responses to the article from members of the Energy Efficiency Professionals LinkedIn group were varied. Some agreed that bundling is an effective strategy, while others disagreed stating that companies should go for the “low-hanging fruit” first, and then continue looking for and implementing additional projects that make economic sense. What follows is a summary of the pros and cons of bundling energy efficiency projects as discussed by the group.
Pros of Bundling Efficiency Projects:
Cons of Bundling Efficiency Projects:
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