Category Archives: ENERGY STAR®

Updates to ENERGY STAR® metrics with new market data in August

All buildings participating in Energy Stewards are linked to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager via a data exchange. On Aug. 26, EPA will be updating the dataset and scoring metrics used for ENERGY STAR certifications. These updates will impact the 1-100 … Continue reading

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Energy-efficiency labels for buildings are working | Anthropocene

According to E&E News, the Energy Star program is the most successful voluntary energy-efficiency program in the world. It has saved consumers and businesses $34 billion in electricity costs and prevented more than about 300 million metric tons of greenhouse … Continue reading

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ENERGY STAR Action Workbooks for Small Business, Congregations

Two new tools tailored to help small businesses and congregations save money and reduce energy use were just released. The guides help users identify low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency projects, leverage the time and talent of their staff and members, … Continue reading

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Recognized for Moving the “Sustainable Dial”

As we approach celebration of  Earth Day 2014, spring is busting out all over! Three of our project partners are featured for their achievements in advancing a more sustainable economy. This week: A participant with Ohio Interfaith Power & Light was … Continue reading

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Madison Benchmarking Law Will Spread Energy Efficiency

The City of Madison has the opportunity to proactively support its businesses in the rapidly evolving energy marketplace that is coursing its way across the land today. The simple and relatively modest step: adopt an ordinance that at its heart … Continue reading

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Using Less Energy? – Steps 4-7

By Kevin Little, Senior Partner, Rapid Improvement Associates Second part of a two-part post that shows how to use monthly data to figure out whether or not your building is using less energy now than in a baseline period. Our … Continue reading

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Is Our Building Using Less Energy This Year? – Steps 1-3

By Kevin Little, Senior Partner, Rapid Improvement Associates First of a two-part blog. If your building has multiple energy meters dedicated to floors or systems and your team can access daily or hourly energy data, you’re in really great shape … Continue reading

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Updated Portfolio Manager off to a rough start

We have been working with the new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager since it went live this past Wednesday and found it got off on a pretty rough start. The Portfolio Manager site was overwhelmed by users on Wednesday all logging … Continue reading

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High EPA praise for the Lutheran Energy Stewards program

We had the good fortune this month working with Jerry Lawson, National Director of EPA’s ENERGY STAR for Congregations program. Lawson has been with EPA since 1990, and was instrumental in the formation of ENERGY STAR 21 years ago, the agency’s … Continue reading

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Property attributes have big effect on ENERGY STAR scores

A recent test confirmed why it is important to be as accurate as possible in filling in the categories for the property attributes in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manger. Marc Schuldt is the energy steward for Wooden Cross Lutheran Church in … Continue reading

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