Every good energy solutions program starts with the benchmarking process, and P1 Group has adopted the ENERGY STAR guidelines, which were developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
ENERGY STAR allows organizations to effectively benchmark by tracking and assessing energy and water consumption relative to the national population of buildings with similar characteristics and receive a score on a scale of 1 to 100. A score of 75, for example, indicates that the building performs in the 75 percentile for all similar buildings nationwide.
REASONS TO BENCHMARK
Benchmarking is a critical step to making sure your organization is as profitable as possible by ensuring your energy expenses are where they should be. It provides companies with a measurable baseline of how they use energy and where they use it.
By benchmarking your facility against the ENERGY STAR rating system, we can accurately determine the relevance of available energy conservation measures in order to reduce operating costs and improve energy efficiency generating cost savings. Benchmarking can also allow companies to track and improve energy performance over time.
Facility rated between 1 and 25: Facilities rated below 25 are extremely inefficient; facilities in this rating range will have multiple low and no cost energy conservation opportunities.
Facility rated between 26 and 50: Facilities below average have the most opportunity for improvement, and efficient low/no cost energy upgrades will easily be recognized.
Facility rated between 51 and 75: These facilities are operating well, and have likely taken advantage of some low/no cost improvements or operating practices. Being aware of how a facility operates is vital to efficiency, but there are upgrades available, some at a capital cost, to increase efficiency and performance.
Facility rated between 76 and 100: High rated facilities are among the most efficient in their group. Some capital investment opportunities, however, may still be available.