Benchmarking: saving’s first step

Increasing energy efficiency is one of the best strategies for buildings to reduce operating costs and emissions since the technology to improve energy savings is already available. But building owners and property managers first need to know how to find the opportunities.

That’s why many commercial buildings served by Pacific Power are now tracking power usage with the company’s new Resource Advisor energy benchmarking tool.

Pacific Power’s Resource Advisor allows building managers and property owners to request whole-building electric use data for their buildings, and automatically sends the information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® Portfolio Manager.

Customers can choose to have energy data sent to their portfolio manager account monthly or annually. Portfolio manager then helps them compare their buildings’ energy performance to similar buildings across the country.

Pacific Power helps customers through the tool setup. The company has online video demonstrations and a clear, step-by-step process.

Making adjustments and upgrades that increase energy efficiency can then improve a building’s portfolio manager score. Pacific Power customers can take advantage of Energy Trust of Oregon incentives and services to assist with upgrade projects.

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