Know where you stand
Give yourself better insight into how your building consumes and manages energy
How Does Your Building Compare?
The Importance of Benchmarking
Chances are, you are keenly familiar with companies measuring the performance of their products and services by comparing them with what their competitors are doing.
That kind of analysis has long been recognized as a smart process by companies of all sizes.
Energy benchmarking plays a similarly and equally important role for building and facility owners, because it helps ensure your building’s energy performance is on par with other buildings and facilities in your area.
Several US cities, and even some states, now mandate
that municipal, commercial and multi-family buildings
track and monitor their energy usage.
Chicago, Evanston, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Austin, Columbus, San Francisco and Seattle have all passed ordinances with more being added every year
Accurate reporting can be overwhelming. Using an experienced professional can help you meet deadlines, avoid costly fines and additional verification
Lower Your Costs
See where you are spending energy, and pinpoint areas that can deliver immediate savings.
Increase Your Profits
If you are paying less for energy, you’re putting more back into the profit column.
Utilizing data gathered from a professional benchmarking can help you develop or improve a better energy management program, improve operational performance, or acquire financing for other projects.
Data You Can Use
How It Works
You have likely heard the old saying: You can’t manage what you don’t measure. And that is definitely true with energy.
Collecting building energy consumption data sets a performance baseline that gives you a close look at how your building compares to other similar buildings. It also shows you the potential energy savings if you put into place efficiency improvements.
Energy benchmarking can help you reduce energy costs and save money, but it also delivers valuable information about how much energy is actually being consumed by your building.
And the more information you have, the faster and easier it is to identify savings opportunities and potential rebates from your local utility.
Benchmarking’s roadmap to reduce energy costs gives the building itself a higher value, since improving energy efficiency is a fantastic long-term yet low-risk investment in your property.
Plus, improving energy efficiency helps improve worker productivity. Each day you delay your decision to become more energy-efficient is lost potential savings.
We are a Proud Energy Star® Partner
As an Energy Star® Partner, Alternative Utility Services uses the Energy Star® Portfolio Manager® to benchmark and track energy usage, including all fuel sources used for energy consumption, as well as for both waste and water consumption.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, forty percent of commercial building space in the U.S., including 35% of the Fortune 500® are already benchmarking in Energy Star® Portfolio Manager®, and Alternative Utility Services can use it to benchmark the performance of your property – be it just one building or even a whole portfolio of buildings – all in a secure online environment.
Information is Power
Reasons to Benchmark
Energy benchmarking can help you reduce costs and save money, because the benchmarking analysis gives detailed data about how much energy is being actually being consumed by your property.
The better you understand that data, the faster you can tackle those critical areas that are ripe for efficiency changes.
A building using less energy is a building that is a smart investment.
Energy efficiency also translates into better comfort for workers and tenants, with help with performance and occupancy levels – both of which add significant value to the property as a whole (and your bottom line).
Sometimes it’s a challenge to look internally at how your operation handles energy, because it can lead to both behavioral and operational changes in order to achieve reductions in energy consumption.
But this window given to you by a good benchmarking analysis helps you make significantly better decisions about how you and your staff approach energy as a whole, improving performance across the board.
The more data you have about how your building consumes and manages energy, the faster (and better) you can effectively identify and resolve any issues which may not be positively contributing to the bottom line.
Energy data gathered from a benchmarking analysis from Alternative Utility Services actually helps your business grow in ways you may not have considered before now.
The benefits of Benchmarking are extensive – but it’s common to have questions about how it may benefit your particular situtation or energy-savings objective.
In fact, for less than the cost of a bad suit, you can have a complete and thorough professional energy benchmarking analysis completed for your property.
We have made the entire process both affordable and simple.
That actually depends entirely on you:
The speed in which we can complete the energy benchmarking analysis for your property directly hinges on your ability to respond to requests for information and elements we need to conduct the benchmarking.
This process can be completed as quickly as a matter of just several days if you are prompt to provide the information we need.
You wouldn’t try to perform surgery on yourself, would you? Of course not – you would seek a surgeon to perform the task, because they are trained and experienced to handle it properly.
The same logic applies to energy benchmarking: There are so many nuances, data points, and elements to consider, it simply would be both impractical and ineffective to try and do it on your own.
To accomplish an effective energy benchmarking objective, you should always only work with an experienced energy expert with both training and experience in delivering benchmarking projects.
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