Mercury Marine Puts Energy Responsibility on Backs of Plant Managers

merc.jpgDo you know a guy who runs his heater with the window open simply because the landlord pays the utility bills? Well, Mercury Marine plant managers were not even aware of their energy costs because the corporate office had been paying them.

Not anymore. Utility costs are now part of each Mercury plant’s operating goals, just like productivity and material costs. To help keep track, the company installed power meters so that managers in every building know the natural gas and electricity usage.

In other words, simply by restructuring the way costs are covered, impressive new ways of saving money – and reducing environmental impact are realized. The details, and the numbers are are outlined in Saturday’s JSOnline. Also in the article is the note that higher energy prices mean a faster payback for efficiency measures, which means they’re more likely to be put into effect by managers seeking to impress higher-ups. It’s also common sense.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.