We’re all looking to save a buck – if we can save the environment while we’re at it, even better. Over the last couple of decades, the ENERGY STAR trademark has found its way onto everything from washing machines to refrigerators to indicate the product’s ability to conserve energy and save money. More recently, the application of the ENERGY STAR to buildings and businesses has gained in popularity. Regardless of the level of involvement you attain within the ENERGY STAR Program, doing your part to ensure optimum energy performance can have widespread benefits for your business.
The Energy Star Program: An Overview
In the official words of the EPA on the Energy Star website, www.energystar.gov, the energy use of your building can be likened to that of the miles per gallon for your car: understanding what you are dealing with can help shape decisions, strategies, and even budgets. Moreover, being able to compare the energy usage of your building to other, similar buildings can help keep you on track with your energy goals.
To facilitate this comparison, the EPA has established an energy performance scale, ranging from 1-100, to determine how your building’s energy efficiency stacks up to other equivalent buildings throughout the country. To earn the ENERGY STAR, a building (or manufacturing plant) must score a 75 or higher on the performance scale, indicating that the facility operates better than at least 75% of similar buildings nationwide. In short, an ENERGY STAR certified facility meets the EPA’s strict energy performance standards, is less expensive to operate (because it is more energy efficient), and causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions than comparable facilities.