Workshops on energy monitoring and targeting

• “Vilnis really knows his stuff. Excellent course. Highly recommended for anyone interested in monitoring and managing their energy consumption”
• “Within the first hour of the course I was itching to get back to work to put what I was being taught into practice”
• “Found potential savings the very day after attending the course”
• “The most beneficial one day event I have attended”
• “One of the most comprehensive and useful experiences of my career. Essential for anyone who needs to know about energy monitoring and targeting”
• “A comprehensive course, packed full of useful nuggets of information”
• “It’s so refreshing to find a lecturer that is firmly anchored to the ‘real’ world”
• “Very useful course with lots of practical applications”
• “A simple approach to a complex subject!”
• “Imperative knowledge for all energy managers”
• “Very laid back and made to feel comfortable, being my first course”
• “A very useful course with clear and concise information. Essential for any Energy Manager”
• “Opened my eyes to the amount of added benefit that can be achieved “
• “An excellent review of how to make the most of energy data”
• “Great course especially for engineers that use regression and cusum analysis, on a regular basis”
• “Vilnis is a polished presenter and makes a dry topic quite interesting and useful. Well done”
• “Vilnis has many years of practical experience of energy monitoring and has a passion for sharing his knowledge; very refreshing”
• “A well structured, thorough and valuable course ideal for businesses keen to save energy”
• “An excellent course for any energy manager wanting to make the most of analysing their consumption data in a meaningful way. Presented in plain English and exercises to help you apply your knowledge”
• “I believe that the knowledge I have gained from the training day will be of great value to my clients and allow me to maintain a longer relationship with them”
• “A very useful and full day’s training on energy management and targeting. Knows his stuff”
• “A fantastic course full of very useful techniques”
• “Fantastic, very powerful techniques to analyse consumption patterns”
• “Excellent and very well designed”
• “A focused, very practical and extremely useful day. Highly recommended”
• “Really targets the essentials”
• “Very well organised training with excellent presentations. Clear, precise and educational”
• “The worked examples gave me ideas for analysis using data that was relevant to my organization”
• “Enlightening energy analysis”
• “Excellent, well planned, well paced, inclusive and informative. Most helpful. Thank you”
• “Excellent course, well worth attending”
• “All staff should attend this course”
• “A very useful and extremely interesting course that was well presented”
• “Very interesting and thought provoking course”
• “A very structured and well paced training event”
• “Made concepts which had previously seemed very technical easy to understand”
• “A teaching on the fundamentals of M&T that makes M&T simple”
• “Excellent, well balanced course and of practical use”
• “A comprehensive interactive course essential for all energy managers in every sector”
• “Cusum isn’t the complex, scary thing I thought it was”
• “Brilliant course-very relaxed delivery with practical examples making the material and subject easy to consume”

Expose hidden, avoidable energy losses

Monitoring and targeting is an activity that should be central to any effective programme of energy management. Once you have mastered the basic techniques taught at this workshop you will be able to
  • get reliable early warnings when energy is being wasted because of hidden problems;
  • instantly prioritise exceptions according to their cost;
  • get insights into underlying patterns of consumption which reveal energy saving opportunities;
  • rapidly verify the effects of energy-saving measures regardless of their nature;
  • monitor the long-term efficacy of improvement measures; and
  • do more precise budget forecasts.
The trick is to account correctly for factors like the weather (or changes in product mix and output, etc). You will learn simple but powerful strategies for dealing with this.
Condense all your significant results into a few lines

Use sensible views of complex data

This workshop is suitable for those who want to implement a new M&T scheme or make an existing one more effective. It is intended for facilities managers, plant engineers, and works managers and engineers as well as full-time energy managers. Even consultants have found it very useful.

The workshop is limited to 12 delegates. It is informal and interactive, with questions and discussion encouraged throughout. Examples and exercises will be used to illustrate and clarify the material.

What you will learn

At the end of the session, you will know how to
  • Detect exceptions with a remarkably simple routine report
  • Instantly prioritise them by excess cost
  • Account properly for the weather, production activity levels, and other quantifiable influences
  • Calculate energy performance indicators that actually mean something
  • Reveal inefficiency and waste through analysis of past behaviour
  • Focus energy surveys where there will be most benefit
  • Verify and quantify the benefit of energy-saving initiatives and projects
  • Forecast and track energy budgets accurately
  • Benefit from enhanced benchmarking opportunities
If you have already heard of degree-days and cusum analysis and want to understand them properly, this is the place to learn.
Using automatic meter reading? Keep your head above water

Manual meter readings are fine too...

Yours to keep...

  • A handbook on the analysis and reporting of energy data
  • An Excel workbook containing the analysis methods taught on the course
You will be able to use the knowledge directly to improve your own "home-made" M&T schemes or to specify the features required from M&T software suppliers.
A proper course handbook


Vilnis Vesma MA CEng MEI has many years' continuous experience of designing, installing, supporting and operating energy monitoring and targeting schemes, and providing training for existing or potential users. This includes creating spreadsheet-based tools for energy management. He wrote a textbook on the subject (Managing Energy with a Desktop Computer, Energy Publications, 1987) and presented his first Energy Spreadsheet Masterclass in 1988.  
The organisations to which he has supplied M&T tools and know-how span a wide range of sectors including manufacturing industry as well as commercial and public sector organisations. He has written numerous articles on the subject. As well as authoring the government advice booklet Fuel Efficiency Booklet 13: Waste Avoidance Measures (1995) and the Carbon Trust's CTG008: Monitoring and targeting (2008), he has been a specialist contributor on M&T to Croner's Energy Management and Gee Publishing's Energy Saver, and publishes the definitive guide to M&T techniques on the web. The UK's former Action Energy programme retained Mr Vesma as a strategic advisor on energy monitoring and targeting.


We appreciate that some people's budgets for training are tight, so we offer a limited number of reduced-price tickets for early booking, and all tickets are cheaper if paid in advance. Please follow the link for availability and prices at your chosen venue:

York, 19 Sep 2012

London, 18 Oct 2012

Venues are close to railway stations; workshops start at 10:15 and finish at 16:45

Hard-copy orders can be sent to

Cheques if sent with your order should be made payable to DEGREE DAYS DIRECT LIMITED.


if you don't find the course useful, just hand back the training materials and we will refund your attendance fee.

Enquiries can be addressed to the presenter (email Vilnis@VESMA.COM)