Empowering People | Saving Energy

McKinstry’s powerED is a systematic behavior-based program that saves energy and cuts waste through the implementation of low- and no-cost strategies that produce measurable results.

powerED is a behavior-focused energy awareness and operational efficiency program designed to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and promote environmentally friendly operations within your facilities. McKinstry’s systematic energy and environmental management program encourages active participation from staff, careful tracking of resources, and attention to efficient operations. Our goal is to work with you to drive new behaviors that save energy and money.

The program is built on the philosophy that to have the most efficient buildings, you need informed and committed occupants and operators. To meet your performance goals, powerED uses three program modules outlined below.


Use best practices from the social science of behavior change to inspire building occupants to adopt habits that support energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

The powerED program challenges building occupants to become active contributors in achieving your goals of eliminating waste and reducing energy use. McKinstry works with your stakeholders to deploy our awareness campaign, People.Power.Planet. The campaign inspires participants to take action through challenges, competitions, activities, and targeted messaging. Additionally, an interactive web platform, peoplepowerplanet.com, provides visitors with the knowledge, tools, inspiration, and support to take action and adopt new habits. McKinstry works with you to select, train, and support individuals who will foster ownership, engagement, and participation in occupant-based energy savings in your buildings.


Identify and implement low- and no-cost operational and maintenance strategies to reduce energy use.

The second piece of the powerED program involves identifying low- and no-cost operational and maintenance strategies in your facilities. A McKinstry technical expert will thoroughly assess your facilities and identify potential improvements. McKinstry will collaborate with your building operators to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of your unique facilities and determine changes that could improve operational efficiency, as well as provide training to your staff as needed. Through ongoing site assessments, building analytics data, utility bill results, and operator collaboration, we will help you drive deeper and more sustainable utility savings across your facilities.


Track, measure, analyze, and quantify savings to target opportunities, communicate performance, and promote success.

The powerED performance module focuses on tracking and reporting energy use. ENERGY STAR® benchmarking, utility bill tracking, and measurement and quantification of your program efforts to target opportunities, keep you informed of progress, and identify trends. Key measurement indicators are reported in a user-friendly online dashboard that displays utility bill metrics, performance results, and detailed monthly energy and carbon savings by facility to demonstrate the effectiveness of on-site initiatives. This allows us to benchmark your building energy performance, assess energy management goals over time, and identify opportunities for additional savings.


Contact McKinstry today to learn more about how powerED can work for your community.



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