Illinois’ Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) and Consumers Energy in Michigan have joined the ranks of utility companies who are partnering with the EPA to assist customers with a program called “Building Performance with ENERGY STAR.”
Participants agree to benchmark their commercial facilities with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. The utility company and building owner use this information to create a strategic energy management plan, including immediately reducing energy use through operation and maintenance as well as identifying energy efficiency improvements for long-term savings opportunities.
Portfolio Manager is an online tool that can measure and track energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. According to the EPA, close to 40% of commercial building floor space uses the benchmarking program. A growing number of utilities directly upload utility data into Portfolio Manager, making this process even easier.
See if your utility company offers this service at www.energystar.gov.