Program overview

The Dollars to Sense (D2$) program is one of the most popular energy management training programs in Canada. Since its inception, more than 37,500 participants from governmental, commercial, industrial, and institutional organisations across Canada have taken part in a workshop.

The program includes more than 30 modules that can easily be mixed and matched, thus allowing organisations and employers with limited time and resources to focus on specific topics. Each module represents approximately 2.5 to 3 hours of training.

The D2$ workshops are delivered across Canada in both French and English as private training. Whether you wish to explore the fundamentals of energy, such as benchmarking, create an energy efficiency program, or dive into specific measures like heating and cooling or lighting systems, there is a D2$ program that can be built to address your organisation’s needs.

Origins of the Dollars to $ense program

CIET is the sole licensee appointed by Natural Resources Canada for the delivery of the Dollars to $ense workshops across the country. 

The Dollars to $ense program was originally created in 1997 by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in the same year as the Office of Energy Efficiency. At the time, the D2$ program comprised 6 half-day sessions designed to spread awareness about key energy efficiency concepts. In 2016, NRCan expanded, remodeled, and updated the D2$ material to make it even more relevant to the training needs of Canadian organisations.

Key benefits of D2$ training

Access high-quality and customisable training material
Choose the language - French or English
Mix and match modules and topics
Assemble a list of modules based on your organisation’s needs

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Module 1

Strategic Energy Management

Explains the benefits of energy management using a strategic approach.


Module 2

Management Systems for Energy

Describes the benefits of an Energy Management System (EnMS), the key elements of ISO 50001, as well as the tools and resources that are available.


Module 3

Benchmarking with Portfolio Manager

Explores the principles of energy performance benchmarking, introduces the key features of Portfolio Manager, and demonstrates the value of benchmarking in building a business case for energy management.


Module 4

Behaviour Change

Explains the importance of behaviour change as a tool in energy management within an organization, and describes a systematic approach to achieving behaviour change.


Module 5

Financial Analysis of Energy Savings

Identifies and explains key terms for financial analysis of energy savings, describes the inputs and outputs of a cash flow analysis, and describes the methods of a basic financial analysis.


Module 6

Business Case for Energy Savings

Evaluates an organization’s project selection decision making process, provides an approach to create a business case, and identifies key elements of an effective energy project “pitch” to a financial decision maker.


Module 7

Alternative Financing Approaches

Provides various financing methods used to fund energy projects, such as Energy Performance Contracting and the role of Energy Service Companies.


Module 8

Energy Fundamentals

Describes the basic principles of energy, how to manipulate units of measure and helps to understand power and energy terms.


Module 9

Energy Rates

Describes the different charges that apply to energy consumption and demand, and explains the incremental cost of electricity and thermal energy.


Module 10

Seven Steps to Saving Energy

Describes a principles-based methodology to spot energy savings opportunities and to apply the 7 steps to determine the order of implementation of opportunities.


Module 11

Tools for Energy Audits

Lists and describes the various tools that support an energy audit and how to use these tools to help identify opportunities for energy reduction.


Module 12

Energy Saving Calculations

Explains the importance of various tools used when calculating energy savings and how to apply them.


Module 13

Motors, Fans, Pumps Savings & VSDs

Describes a method to assess savings opportunities in motor driven systems, identifies common opportunities and the savings calculation required for speed control.


Module 14

Heating System Savings

Describes the basics of combustion and different types of boilers, how to maximize the efficiency of a condensing boiler, and identifies improvement opportunities and best practices for optimum performance.


Module 15

Cooling Systems Savings

Describes the key components of mechanical cooling and refrigeration systems, how the systems operate, and how to identify energy saving opportunities for cooling systems.


Module 16

Lighting System Savings

Explains lighting systems terminology, describes the various components of an effective lighting system and how they interact, and identifies conservation and efficiency.


Module 17

Building Envelope Savings

Describes the mechanisms for heat loss through building envelope, identifies tools and methods to assess opportunities for improvements, and describes building envelope energy savings opportunities.


Module 18

Compressed Air

Describes the high cost of compressed air compared to other systems, and identifies saving opportunities in compressed air systems.


Module 19

Heat Recovery

Describes the various types of heat recovery and how heat recovery can be a saving opportunity.


Module 20

Renewable Energy

Identifies where renewable energy is appropriate, the major sources of renewable energy (RE), and the tools used to estimate savings potential for RE systems.


Module 21

RCx Basics

Describes what makes RCx a unique activity, explains the operational and business benefits of RCx, and describes common RCx opportunities.


Module 22

RCx Process

Covers the RCx process, criteria for selecting suitable buildings, describes how to initiative and manage an effective RCx project, and the key activities required for persistence savings.


Module 23

HVAC Control System Basics and Opportunities

Describes the basic components and actions of a building control system, how to reduce waste and maximize efficiency through building system control strategies, and identifies ways to obtain effective equipment maintenance using input from your building control system.


Module 24

Fundamentals of Energy Monitoring

Covers the benefits and key functions of monitoring, describes performance analysis techniques and monitoring as part of an Energy Management Information System (EMIS).


Module 25

Analytical Tools for Energy Monitoring

Explores the relationship between energy and driving influences using various analytical tools, describes the steps in the development of a simple energy performance model, and identifies easily accessible analytical tools for performance analysis.


Module 26

Monitoring and Verification of Savings

Describes how to apply the principles of monitoring to the measurement and verification (M&V) of project savings, and describes M&V methods.


Module 27


Identifies the potential benefits of sub-metering to verify, control and reduce costs, and describes various meter types, cost and application considerations.


Module 28

EMIS Fundamentals

Covers the basic principles of an Energy Management Information System (EMIS), its main elements and requirements for a successful EMIS implementation.


Module 29

EMIS Audit

Explains the steps to conduct an Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) audit, explains the organizational gap analysis, the allocation of Energy Account Centres, the source of savings from an EMIS and the basis for costing the EMIS.


Module 30

EMIS Implementation and Case Studies

Provides an overview of the implementation stage of an Energy Management Information System (EMIS), and provides case studies that demonstrate results through EMIS systems.


Pre-built Dollars to $ense workshops

CIET created several preformatted training programs based on the D2$ modules:

These can be delivered as individual training or customizable private training for groups of all sizes.

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