Ever wonder what an ENERGY STAR score is and why it may matter to your organization? Learn all of the important factors in this blog post!
When it comes to energy management, there is a score that can really make the difference for you and your organization: ENERGY STAR®.
Since 1992, the ENERGY STAR program has worked with thousands of organizations (currently with more than 40% in the commercial building market), creating cumulative costs savings of $3.4 billion and preventing more than 17 million MtCO2e greenhouse gas emissions.
In working with clients across the energy management spectrum in local government, schools and more, we have found that an ENERGY STAR score can be a great way to see where you are with energy efficiency and envision where you can go.
How does the ENERGY STAR rating work?
An ENERGY STAR score or rating can tell you a lot about your buildings.
ENERGY STAR expounds on their website:
The 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score is a screening tool that helps you assess how your building is performing. It’ll help you identify which buildings in your portfolio to target for improvement or recognition. A score of 50 is the median. So if your building scores below 50, it means it’s performing worse than 50 percent of similar buildings nationwide, while a score above 50 means it’s performing better than 50 percent of its peers. And a score of 75 or higher means it’s a top performer and may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.
The ENERGY STAR program was developed by the EPA as a screening tool to help organizations understand where they are on the energy use spectrum.
How is your ENERGY STAR score calculated?
There are several factors that go into calculating your ENERGY STAR score, including:
What's important is that it is configured from your actual energy data.
Furthermore, ENERGY STAR's website says it's based on information you enter about your building, such as its size, location, number of occupants, number of PCs, etc. Then, "the score’s algorithm estimates how much energy the building would use if it were the best performing, the worst performing, and every level in between. It then compares the actual energy data you entered to the estimate to determine where your building ranks relative to its peers."
How can you use your ENERGY STAR score... and raise it?
There are many ways you can use your ENERGY STAR rating, but it's most importantly a number that everyone can understand. Whether you're a Certified Energy Manager, an administrator or a student, the 100-point scale is simple to wrap your head around.
For those managing energy use and savings, it's a great benchmark to highlight where you are on your energy journey today. Maybe it's a way for you to share with your team and leadership where you are doing well with energy savings (certain assets, facilities or projects), as well as where you see room for easy improvement.
Since energy is often the second highest expense at an organization, it may be the perfect opportunity for you to cut costs in that area.
Once you implement new energy conservation measures, you can use any changes in your ENERGY STAR score to show how things are improving or to create a strategy moving forward.
Let's see some examples
If you're interested in learning more and improving your ENERGY STAR score, explore our Energy Manager software and register for a demo to see how much you could save.