The ENERGY STAR Challenge
Buildings use about $200 billion worth of electricity and natural gas each year. What if we could cut just 10% of commercial buildings’ energy consumption? Very reasonable, wouldn’t you agree? That would be $20 billion in savings!
That’s what’s at stake in the new ENERGY STAR Challenge: Building owners, managers, and service providers working to achieve just a 10% drop in energy use.
Here is what we’re encouraged to do:
- Measure and track energy use. (Energy benchmarking…the easy way to get started. We can help you.)
- Develop a plan for energy improvements.
- Make energy efficiency upgrades.
- Help spread the energy efficiency word to others.
A toolkit is available at ENERGY STAR’s website, which provides all sorts of collateral and resources, including sample text for communications, a presentation, certificates, web banners, posters, and more.
What’s great about this goal is its attainability. 10% is nothing. Seriously. Through low & no cost measures alone, you should be able to save MORE than 10%. So, join the challenge. If you are a contractor, this is a great way to elevate your position with clients and prospects – tell them that you can knock off at least 10% of their energy bill and get them recognized through ENERGY STAR in the process.