How do you measure and track energy use in your building? Have you ever heard of the Energy Star Portfolio Manger? With this tool, you can manage and see energy and water usage in your building, and rate its performance.
Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.
In September 2010, the U.S. EPA initiated the process of upgrading the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to improve its speed, usability and functionality. The full upgrade will take place over a period of 18-24 months. EPA is very excited about building on past successes in producing the next generation of Portfolio Manager. As a healthy start to this effort, this fall EPA is focusing on soliciting comments for the upgrade through a variety of activities.
Participate in an ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Survey
For more information on Portfolio Manager, click here
One way EPA is collecting input from stakeholders on various aspects of Portfolio Manager is through this brief online questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/portfoliomanagerupgradesurvey.
Stakeholders using Portfolio Manager are encouraged to provide feedback to ensure a comprehensive assessment and useful upgrade of the tool.
Gain EPA Recognition
You can use Portfolio Manager to share your data with EPA and earn recognition for energy performance within a building or across your entire portfolio. Share best practices, become a Leader for energy improvement, or top energy performance, or simply gain exposure through development of success stories or showcasing a directory of achievements for clients. Recognition opportunities include:
- ENERGY STAR label — Recognition for superior energy performance in a single building
- ENERGY STAR Leaders — Recognition for organization-wide improvement or top energy performance
- ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Recognition for outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency
ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses, organizations, and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills. Because a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings — for the bottom line and the environment — as typical approaches, EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements.
For more information, go to the Energy Star site at www.energystar.gov