Benchmark Energy Use

When you’re looking to improve, the first question you or your management might ask is, "How are we doing?" The next is, "how do we know?"

Benchmarking helps you answer these important questions. Put simply, benchmarking is the process of comparing your energy performance to something similar. "Something similar" might be internal, like performance at the same time last year. Or it might be external, like performance compared to similar facilities elsewhere.

 

Consistency is key

Benchmarking works best when it’s done consistently over time. Can you imagine a weight-loss plan in which you only weigh yourself once a year? Of course you can’t. That’s because you can’t manage what you’re not measuring.

In a recent study, EPA found that buildings that were benchmarked consistently reduced energy use by an average of 2.4 percent per year, for a total savings of 7 percent. And, buildings that started out as poor performers saved even more.

 

Benchmarking drives action

You know what’s motivating? Finding out you’re behind the curve and you didn’t even know it. Fortunately, ENERGY STAR has the tools and resources to help you get ahead. Once you benchmark your energy performance, you’ll have a better idea what to do next.

Got a low score? Time to do an energy audit and see where you may be wasting energy. The good news is you have the potential to save your organization money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions!

Got a 75 or higher? Congrats! Apply for ENERGY STAR certification and show the world that your facility is energy-efficient. But even ENERGY STAR certified facilities have room to improve, so keep benchmarking to ensure that you continue moving in the right direction!

ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Tool Comes To Canada and eSight is ready!

Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian version of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool went live in July. The popular benchmarking tool has been available through the US Environmental Protection Agency for tens of thousands of organizations already to measure performance against buildings of similar use and size.

The new ENERGY STAR 1-100 performance scores will be available for Canadian K-12 schools and commercial offices and offers Provincial GHG emission factors, local climate data available by postal code, Canadian source-site energy factors, metric units and a bilingual interface. The official launch is expected in the near future.

eSight energy management software is the most sophisticated and intuitive we enabled energy management suite available. With eSight, integration into Portfolio Manager has never been easier! Join us for a webinar to see how to upload energy consumption data automatically schedule automatic ENERGY STAR reports via email, set performance alerts, have user dashboard visibility and more!

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