While October is popular for pumpkin-spice-everything, here at Ecova it’s also the month to celebrate energy awareness, energy efficiency, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program.
Ecova is proud to partner with ENERGY STAR, and we do so in several different ways. We help buildings and plants automate the process for uploading data to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®; in fact we currently help our clients benchmark energy use for more than 62,000 buildings each month. Ecova is also an elite member of the ENERGY STAR certification nation and was recognized earlier this year for helping to certify more than 150 buildings for our clients in 2014. In addition, Ecova works with ENERGY STAR behind the scenes, providing input and feedback on new ratings algorithms that ENERGY STAR is developing, and we’re part of the ENERGY STAR training group so we can better train our clients on benchmarking.
With the growing demand for smarter energy consumption and increased awareness of energy efficiency, having the ability to identify your building’s performance is more important than ever. The ENERGY STAR certification program began in 1999 to recognize—and grow—the most energy efficient buildings in the country. So why should companies benchmark their buildings?
Most building types are eligible to receive a 1-100 ENERGY STAR score in Portfolio Manager, from banks to distribution centers to senior care communities to churches. This score compares your building’s energy performance to its peer group of buildings in the national database and represents its energy efficiency performance percentile. As an example, a building receiving a 90 is more efficient than 90 percent of comparable buildings across the United States. Buildings scoring a 75 or above (in other words, buildings performing in the top 25 percent of comparable buildings) become eligible to receive the ENERGY STAR certification.
Think of ENERGY STAR certification as the diploma your building receives when it has demonstrated superior performance. In 2012, 87 percent of households recognized the blue ENERGY STAR label. Clients, customers, potential tenants, and the public at large can, with a single glance at the ENERGY STAR decal on the front door, understand and appreciate the competence and diligence required to achieve and sustain high energy performance. ENERGY STAR certified buildings also use 35 percent less energy and cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings.
ENERGY STAR does require due diligence in reporting data, and this is where Ecova helps our clients. With the actual, measured data that we collect from utility bills, we are able to swiftly and accurately upload energy use data for all fuel types for all of our clients’ buildings into Portfolio Manager. And, as more cities and municipalities are actively requiring some buildings to track and report on their structures’ energy use, the data reported to Portfolio Manager can also be submitted to the respective municipality for compliance.
Whether you are saving money through benchmarking or using ENERGY STAR certified products in your business or in your home, we hope you will join us in celebrating ENERGY STAR Day! Join the#ENERGYSTARDay Twitter party today, October 27, from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT, or commit to energy-saving action(s) by taking the ENERGY STAR pledge.
Learn more about improving efficiencies, cutting costs and gaining federal recognition as an energy efficient building by watching the webinar, Your Business Guide to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR®Program.
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