Buildings account for more than 60% of the energy used in New York State. Adopting a benchmarking policy to measure and share data on building energy use over time allows owners and occupants to compare energy usage against other buildings and better identify opportunities to cut energy waste.
Collecting, reporting, and sharing benchmarking data regularly helps the public and government agencies make smarter investment decisions; rewards efficiency; and drives widespread, continuous improvement. Benchmarking requires the annual reporting of energy used in municipal buildings. Large communities are also required to disclose annually the amount of energy used in large private buildings.
Although the task may seem daunting, municipalities and small businesses can learn how to use Energy Star’s free Portfolio Manager to input your energy data and analyze trends. Importing your data is a requirement of the “Benchmarking” action item for Clean Energy Communities, and this 30-minute webinar is a great way to get started with the basics for anyone looking to see their energy use trends.