The Energy Efficiency for Building Operators and Maintenance Staff (EEBO) training course stands out for several reasons, but none greater than one distinctive component: the Energy Hunt. This customized activity, along with its associated exercises, shifts participants from the virtual classroom to the hands-on, real-world scenarios that reflect a building's daily operations, scheduling and consumption patterns. This approach enables participants to actively engage in a thorough inspection of a facility, pinpointing energy-consuming systems and identifying areas of energy waste.

Participants take the valuable lessons learned from these exercises and bring them back to the classroom. Here, they delve into the art of conducting savings calculations based on the energy-saving opportunities they discovered during the Hunt, and prioritizing opportunities.

Over the course of the year, participants of the EEBO embarked on impactful Energy Hunts as part of their EEBO training. Here’s the outcome!

Savings unearth in 2023 with the EEBO Energy Hunt - infographic

EEBO Energy Hunt Savings Explained

Each Energy Hunt resulted in a list of recommendations based on the findings from the Hunt. If the recommended measures are implemented, the anticipated benefits from 2023 Energy Hunts could include the following.

With the recommendations put into action, strategic reduction of day-to-day business expenses through efficiency improvements, resource optimization, and streamlined processes could result in big savings for these organizations.

  • $917,635 operational cost savings
  • 16% savings in operational costs on average. 


GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emission reductions involve implementing measures and practices that decrease the release of gases such as carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, mitigating climate change and promoting environmental sustainability. This often entails adopting cleaner technologies, improving energy efficiency, and implementing carbon capture initiatives. The Energy Hunt Recommendations could result in:

  • 27% reduction of GHG emissions on average. GHG reductions ranged from 12% to 50%
  • This percentage of reductions represents 2,297 tonnes of CO2 emissions that can be mitigated.


In an interview with Stephen Dixon, CIET’s lead trainer for the EEBO course, we asked him about the savings he has been able to unlock via the Energy Hunt activities. His response was:

I’m not shy to say that through the EEBO training, we regularly find annual energy savings of $50,000 to $100,000, depending on the size of the building we are dealing with. It’s not unusual for the savings to represent 10-15% of the organization’s total energy costs.

Read more Q&As with Stephen Dixon here.


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Customize the EEBO Energy Hunt for your organization

Are you interested in benefitting from the outcomes of the Energy Hunt and overall EEBO concepts? Or does your team require training to ensure they are up-to-date on the latest technologies and best practices? 

The EEBO is best when customized to your organization, your type of facility, your employees’ responsibilities, and when in line with your organization’s energy consumption data. 

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