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Resource Conservation Mgt: Time & Costs
How Long Will It Take?
A full-time Resource Conservation Manager will stay plenty busy for two years in an organization that spends $1 million/year on utility costs. that level of involvement may decline naturally after the resource accounting system is fully operational, facility audits and reports are completed and facility operating guidelines are instituted. Capital efficiency projects could be scheduled beyond the two-year period.  
After three years or so, the Resource Conservation Manager's workload may reduce significantly. By then, the work will consist of data entry and analysis, periodic routine reports, facility surveys, and training/education refreshers. On-going occupant and management feedback is crucial throughout the life of the RCM program, as is recognition for continued or maintained improvements.
What Will It Cost?
the annual salary of a full-time Resource Conservation Manager can range from $35,000 to $75,000, depneding on experience and qualifications. Experience shows that the salary can be paid for by the first year's savings. By the end of the second year, savings will likely approach two to three times the cost of the RCM program. After that, savings can be maintained with limited involvement, freeing your budget of avoidable resource expenditures.
Additional costs include:
  • Resource accounting software: $500-$4,000, depending on your organization's size and complexity
  • Computer and printer: $2,000
  • Light meter and miscellaneous tools: $300
  • Incentives and recognition
  • Staff training
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Benefits of RCM program
Requirements for RCM program
Time and Costs for RCM
Sustaining RCM program
Sample RCM policy
Sample implementation plan
Sample classified ad for position
For more information, contact  the Oregon Department of Energy at 503 378-4040