Assessing energy performance, both past and present, is essential to establishing a baseline of energy consumption and costs. This information provides a starting point with which to monitor and measure progress with energy efficiency efforts.
Evaluating the operational performance of major facilities and systems will serve to highlight many no-cost/low-cost energy efficiency opportunities, as well as draw attention to more cost-intensive long-term projects.
To assess energy performance and opportunities, an organization needs to:
- Gather and track energy consumption and costs
- Establish a baseline of consumption and costs
- Benchmark energy performance between facilities
- Analyze energy use patterns and trends
- Perform technical assessments and audits
Refer to the Energy Star Guidelines for Energy Management Overview for Step Two: Assess Performance for more information.
Step Two Resources
The following resources were developed and/or compiled by KPPC engineers and sustainability specialists. While most of the resources listed are available to use at no cost, there are some that do have an associated cost. Links to resources that have a cost are denoted with a dollar sign ($).
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Gather and track energy consumption and costs
Collect and inventory energy use information and document data over time. Utilize a centralized system for analysis and reporting.
Learn more about various elements found on a utility bill.
Track your entire portfolio of buildings.
Web-based energy use tracking and management tools. (Fee-based $)
Establish a baseline of consumption and costs
Provide a starting point for setting goals and measuring results.
Track and correlate weather data to energy use. (Fee-based $)
Benchmark energy performance between facilities
Make internal and external comparisons between buildings in order to prioritize performance goals.
Energy Utilization Index Values
Energy performance targets based on function.
Energy Star Building Upgrade Manual Benchmarking
Compare energy use between buildings.
Benchmark energy performance between buildings.
Analyze energy use patterns and trends
Profile energy usage trends, peaks, valleys and causes.
Perform technical assessments and audits
Utilize a multi-disciplinary team to review energy use and identify opportunities.
Strategic Planning Tools (available as PDF downloads)
Brainwriting [PDF]: This tool assists energy teams in identifying performance opportunities from multiple perspectives.
Bubble-Up/Bubble-Down [PDF]: This tool assists energy teams in prioritizing performance opportunities based upon common principles.