Chris Heinz

Chris Heinz
Chris is Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., which helps organizations get value from their utility bills through energy management software. He's an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and a Certified Professional Life Coach. He also started www.Munyay.com to help people love their life and love their work.

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8 Big Benefits of Establishing a Role & Outcome Statement for Every Employee

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Editor’s Note:
Chris Heinz, EnergyCAP’s Vice President for Human Resources, is this week’s blogger. He blogs regularly on topics like workplace purpose, engagement, strengths, and coaching at Munyay.com. If you don’t want to miss his blog posts, you can subscribe here.

This is a very special time of year for our family. We adopted our son, Asher, from the Philippines when he was four—four years ago—which means on this birthday, Asher will have lived with us longer than he has lived with anyone else.

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8 Things Employees Expect at Work

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Topics: The Workplace

October 3, 2017

How We Hire the Right People

[Editor’s Note: Chris Heinz, EnergyCAP’s Vice President for Human Resources, is this week’s blogger. He brings valuable insights into the black box of corporate hiring procedures, and suggests a current methodology for maximizing value in the hiring process. Please read and consider sharing internally in your organization!]

rightpath-handshake.jpgHere at EnergyCAP, Inc., we’re always looking for ways to improve so that our customers receive the best services, products, and experiences possible. One of these innovations is the hiring process. We’ve introduced behavioral interviewing into employee selection, which so far, has yielded nine excellent new hires in the last four months. If you come to Catalyst this spring, you can meet them.

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Topics: The Workplace

January 19, 2017

One Kind of Stewardship

stewardship2.jpgWebster’s dictionary defines stewardship as, “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”

As an adoptive parent, I can understand stewardship. Bringing a child who once belonged to different parents into your home is an act of stewardship. In fact, before the adoption is finalized and before you become the legal parent of the child, you’re called the child’s “steward.” You’ve been entrusted to care for a person which is not yet your own.

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Topics: Company News

December 20, 2016

Using Negative Feedback to Your Advantage

ThinkstockPhotos-AA001298.jpgWe've all been in this situation before. Your supervisor asks you to step into her office, or your boss sets up an unexpected lunch meeting. All of the sudden, you're in an unwelcome feedback situation.

Something has gone wrong and you're not sure how to respond. What do you do?

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Topics: The Workplace

January 29, 2016

Four Reasons I Close My Email While Working

I used to keep my email inbox open all the time while working. One monitor displayed my active project—a spreadsheet, document or web browser—while the other monitor displayed my inbox. This way I could stay on top of everything at the same time. I was king of the world.

But then a coworker suggested I didn’t have to work with an open inbox. At first I didn’t trust him. It seemed unproductive, irresponsible, and rude. But one day curiosity got the better of me, and I closed my inbox. I liked it so much that now I always close my email during focused tasks. I think you will, too.

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Here are four quick reasons why:

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Topics: The Workplace

October 22, 2015

Cute Budget Video

Unfortunately, sometimes just saving isn't enough. Good planning, like budgeting, is essential.

This little girl didn't budget correctly, and the result was, well, disappointing.

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Watch what happens. 

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Topics: Software Features

October 6, 2015

Ten Most Popular TED Talks on Energy

Probably at some point, someone has asked if you've seen the latest TED talk on so-and-so. The first time that happened to me, I was like, "Ted said what?"

But since then, I've become a fan of the 18-minute talks that spread ideas on technology, entertainment, and design (that's where the name TED comes from).

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So if you're looking to be educated, challenged, or even inspired in your work, here's a countdown of the ten most popular TED talks on energy.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 29, 2015

Five Questions and Answers on Real-time Energy Metering

We recently presented a webinar with Lucid Design Group on the relationship between real-time metering and utility bill dataand the savings opportunities they deliver. The webinar produced some good questions from the audience, and we're sharing the answers in today's blog.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 24, 2015

Emotional Courage Often Missing in the Workplace

Last week I attended a live presentation by bestselling author and TED talk speaker Dr. Brené Brown. Her 2010 Ted talk, “The power of vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks ever, with more than 21 million views. But last week she didn’t talk about vulnerability; instead she spoke about having emotional courage in the workplace.

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In this blog post, I’d like to share some takeaways from her talk. Before you roll your eyes and “get back to work,” stay with me. Emotional courage is needed at work.

But first, a story.

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Topics: The Workplace

September 16, 2015

Energy Management Maturity Model [Infographic]

Ever since we started helping organizations track their utility bills 35 years ago, we've noticed two paths that organizations frequently travel on the road to energy management success. We focused on one of those paths in an earlier blog (the path of utility bill processing maturity).

Today we’ll focus on the path of energy management maturity. Like any path, it has a starting point, and a destination, with landmarks along the way. We’ve captured that path in an infographic, and are sharing it in this blog.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 1, 2015

Kroger's Energy Management Strategy [Video]

The Kroger Company is the largest grocery retailer and the 23rd largest company in the United States. With $100 billion/year in revenue, Kroger has been serving shoppers for 131 years. But Kroger doesn't just serve up tomatoes and squash.

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Kroger has served up almost 35% in energy reductions compared to its baseline year in 2000. How have they done it?

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Topics: Client Savings

August 18, 2015

Utility Bill Processing [Infographic]

In our 35 years of helping organizations track their utility bills, we've seen all kinds of utility bill processes. Some have been complex, while some have been simple. Some have interfaced with external systems, while some have kept to themselves. Some have been free, while some have been paid.

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Drawing on our experience, we created the Utility Bill Processing infographic. Where does your organization fit in?

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Topics: Energy Management

August 4, 2015

My Seven Favorite Things About Our New Website

Great news! We’ve totally redesigned EnergyCAP.com to better serve our website visitors. While there are many things I like—no love—about our new website, I'll highlight my seven favorite things:

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Topics: Company News

July 24, 2015

What If Energy Management's Not Your Passion? The Difference Between Jobs, Careers, and Callings

Among our blog audience, there are readers who are absolutely head-over-heels-in love with managing energy. They think energy, they speak energy, and they have cute energy quotes in their email signatures. But not all of our blog readers are passionate about managing energy.

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Can they still be successful in the energy management industry? Or is passion absolutely essential for energy managers?

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Topics: The Workplace

July 16, 2015

How Loudoun County Schools Avoided $58 Million in Energy Costs [Video]

Loudoun County Public Schools is one of the fastest growing school districts in the nation. Located near Washington, DC, they serve 70,000 students. But energy use and cost have not been keeping pace with enrollment.

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As a result of their 20-year energy management program, energy managers at Loudoun County Public Schools have documented $58 million in avoided energy costs. How have they done this? Watch this short video from this year's Catalyst Training Conference and find out.

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Topics: Client Savings

June 25, 2015

How a Curious Castle Connects to Our Clients

The most interesting castle in Ireland has something in common with our newest EnergyCAP clients. See if you can guess what it is.

If you visit the Castle Ward House in northern Ireland, you'll find an intriguing building.

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Topics: Client Savings

June 18, 2015

12 Value Streams of Interval Data [Video]

Meter interval data can be useful for a variety of reasons. How many reasons can you think of? 

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In this 5-minute video from the 2015 Catalyst Training Conference, Steve Heinz shares 12 value streams of obtaining meter interval data for effective energy management.

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Topics: Software Features

June 16, 2015

Energy Insights from the Philippines

I was recently in the Philippines to speak at some conferences and set up student sponsorships. Although the purpose of my trip was not work-related, the subject of energy was on my mind. I suppose that’s not surprising when energy management software is the family business.

Here are three lessons about energy from my trip to the Philippines.

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Topics: Energy Management

June 2, 2015

If You Missed It...

About 120 EnergyCAP users from North America recently gathered for the Catalyst Training Conference for hands-on training, networking with other users, one-on-one meetings with staff, new feature demos, and fun social events.

In case you missed it, here are some highlights, including the Catalyst Spoof video:

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Topics: Company News

May 6, 2015

Peer Advice for New Energy Managers

ThinkstockPhotos-186281421"What advice would you give to an energy manager on his or her first day?"

We asked this question to five EnergyCAP users, each from a different organization.

Let's see what advice they would give to an energy manager on the first day.

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Topics: Energy Management

April 7, 2015

How One County Transformed Its Utility Bill Review and Payment Process

By overcoming three major challenges, Miami-Dade County revived an energy management program burdened by outdated and inefficient processes. In this post, we discuss one of the challenges the County overcame—its troubled utility bill review and payment process.

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Topics: Client Savings

March 12, 2015

Top Ten Ebooks from EnergyCAP

At EnergyCAP, we’re always looking for ways to help you succeed in energy management. One of the ways we do this is through publishing ebooks. Our growing ebook library covers a variety of topics from finding energy savings to benchmarking your energy data to analyzing weather data.

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What ebooks are the most popular? In this post, we count down the top ten most-downloaded EnergyCAP ebooks:

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Topics: Energy Management

March 5, 2015

The Most Successful Email Subject Line Ever—and How It Relates to You

An email marketing company called Aweber studied millions of email subject lines and discovered the most successful subject line ever. This email subject line delivered stellar results—an average email open rate of 90%!

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That means 9 out of 10 people who received an email with that subject line opened it. Those of us in the email marketing industry know an open rate of 90% is almost unheard of, since average email open rates are more like 23%.

So what is the most successful email subject line ever?

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Topics: Company News

February 24, 2015

EnergyCAP Is Hiring!

Here's good news for 2015—EnergyCAP is hiring! We’re looking to fill two important positions on our Implementation Solutions team. This department works with clients to implement EnergyCAP at their organization. EnergyCAP users are great candidates because they’re familiar with the software and have gone through the implementation process already.

_MG_8616editWhile we’re not looking to steal talent from anyone, we realize that sometimes a better fit with a different organization benefits all the parties involved. We also realize that our blog network is part of a much larger network, so please forward this information to friends or colleagues who might be interested! Here are the two job openings:

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Topics: Company News

January 6, 2015

5 Common Problems Energy Managers Face

37194589It’s an exciting time to be an energy manager! As more organizations buy into sustainability and energy stewardship as a core component of their business model, opportunities will continue to multiply. But regardless of the situation, there will be certain common challenges.

Here are five common problems that energy managers will continue to face:

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Topics: Energy Management

October 9, 2014

Five Tips for Mastering Your Utility Bills

Utility bill processing can be a lot like competitive swimming. There's hard work and boring repetition and occasionally something exciting happens.

At one of my first meets as a competitive swimmer, my coach entered me in the backstroke event. The gun went off and I began paddling on my back toward the other end of the pool. But no pool goes on forever and soon came the wall.

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The idea is to see the flags and begin counting your strokes and at the right time, turn over into a turn, push off the wall, and start another lap, all the while maintaining your speed. Usually it goes off without a hitch, but not this time.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 30, 2014

Visiting the World Trade Center Memorial

Today we take a moment to reflect on the event that changed us 13 years ago.

I visited the 9/11 Memorial.

After walking through security like I was boarding a plane, I entered the courtyard. I arrived in a group, but broke off on my own. I felt I should walk this memorial alone.world_trade_center_memorial_thumb

Two great pools of water sat in the courtyard. Water poured down one level, creating soft walls. Then it poured down a second level and into a hole, the bottom unseen.

Each pool is where the buildings belonged, those buildings now crumbled and gone.

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Topics: The Workplace

September 11, 2014

Top 10 EASY Ways to Save Energy in Common Areas

Note: This is a guest post by Kate Forsyth of Minol USA, an EnergyCAP user.

Preparing for another winter is not something we want to think about while basking in the early days of Autumn, but it pays to plan!2014-USFA-Winter

The Farmer’s Almanac forecast was spot on last winter and it looks like a cold winter is in store for many of us in 2014. Preparing for colder temperatures is essential to avoid budget busting utility bills for your common areas such as hallways, gyms, lobbies, and business centers.

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Topics: Energy Management

September 9, 2014

5 Tips for Making Great Energy Management Presentations

As an energy management professional, you may have to give a presentation with slides to an audience. A lot may be riding on the quality of your presentation. Perhaps you have to prove return on investment for an upcoming purchase, share the results of an energy efficiency project, or enlist coworkers for an energy conservation initiative. 488852553

Whatever your purpose is, chances are you haven’t been trained in creating great presentations. Unfortunately in most organizations, high-stakes presentations receive low-stakes preparations. But your idea is too valuable to fumble, so why not take some professional advice from presentation experts Nancy Duarte and Dan Roam.

Here are five tips for creating great presentations.

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Topics: The Workplace

August 22, 2014

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