The Dialogue with Nancy McBee
This feature is a question-and-answer session with a new Blount County Chamber member. So here we go with our 20th installment visiting with Nancy McBee of Tennessee Trane Energy Services
, which assesses buildings for energy upgrades.
What does Tennessee Trane Energy Services do? We assess buildings for energy upgrades. All systems within a building which use utilities (gas, electric, water, etc.) are analyzed to identify ways to reduce building owner's utility costs. Our goals are to produce projects that will fund themselves over a specified period of time - typically guaranteed to perform.
How did you get started? I worked for two other major companies who had energy services divisions. I've found that a strong engineering background is the key to success in the Energy Services business. Numbers don't lie and this is a very objective business.
Who are your customers? While Trane equipment can be found in many residential sites, Trane's Energy Services Group works primarily with K-12 school systems, municipal governments, colleges & universities and hospitals.
Name three things you wish you knew when you began working at Trane. 1. How important it is to understand your customer's businesses - regardless of their facility needs. 2. The importance of electric rate structures. 3. The budget process for school systems.
What do you enjoy about working at Trane? I enjoy helping customers understand how they can make positive impacts on their utility costs by "small" steps, as well as big ones.
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