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Benchmarking & Tracking

You can’t manage what you don’t measure!
Before conducting any efficiency or renewable energy projects,
it’s important to develop a baseline upon which to measure your progress.

Set a Benchmark!

(a baseline from which measurements may be made)


1. Gather at least one years worth of energy bills - both electricity and heating bills (if they are separate)

  • One year or more of electric and

  • One year or more of fuel consumption/bills

2. Find out the buildings square footage (sq/ft), as well as roughly how much of the building is receiving heat.
3. Determine how many hours in the week the building is operating for and the average number of occupants during that time.
4. Walk the site - everywhere - and take pictures of everything, especially areas that you think might be efficiency troublemakers

Use Benchmarking Data to Prioritize Which Buildings to Tackle First 


1. Enter data into EPA Portfolio Manager: EPA Portfolio Manager to see what the most inefficient building in your community may be
To learn how to use EPA Portfolio Manager:

  • Attend a webinar for more information about how to use Portfolio Manager

  • Contact Linda Darveau, Environmental Scientist at the EPA for assistance

Entering Energy Data into Portfolio Manager PDF Download

Conduct an Energy Audit


1. Select an Energy Auditor:

2. Obtain Financing:

Develop an Energy Reduction Plan for a Specific Building(s) Based on an Energy Audit

Secure Required Funding/Financing for Efficiency Improvements

Implement Energy-Saving Projects and Track Results

Review Benchmarking Resources

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