Energy Benchmarking is the process of tracking a building’s annual energy use and using a standard metric to compare the building’s performance against past performance and against its peers nationwide. Benchmarking improves our understanding of energy consumption patterns; helps identify energy saving opportunities within a portfolio of buildings; and manages business bottom line through consistent data collection and tracking.
About Montgomery County
Montgomery County, Maryland has recently mandated benchmarking for all owners of non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet and up to 250,000 square feet. Information must be uploaded into the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, and reported to the county for public disclosure. Limited exemptions and waivers are available and require the submission of a form.
Montgomery County is a suburb of Washington, D.C. and is home to numerous cities, including Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, and Silver Spring.
Studies have found that benchmarking saves about 7 percent of energy use for buildings that obtain an EPA Energy Star score, which is the measurement all U.S. benchmarking programs use. Benchmarking is particularly helpful for older buildings as it can help pinpoint wasted energy, such as lights or heating systems left on 24 hours a day. Additionally, benchmarking is mandatory and the failure to timely submit data by the June 1st deadline will result in substantial fines.
Albireo Can Help
As a professional energy manager, Albireo has helped businesses in cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. fulfill their benchmarking requirements. Albireo has the deep market expertise and state-of-the-art technology to help you become benchmarking compliant, find energy saving solutions, and make energy purchasing a breeze. Contact us at [email protected] or call us today at 800-201-3153. Let Albireo power your business.