What is benchmarking?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy1, energy benchmarking is the process of accounting for and comparing a building’s current energy performance with its energy baseline, or comparing a building’s energy performance with the energy performance of similar buildings.

benchmarking-graph-2Energy benchmarking improves stakeholders’ understanding of building energy performance, allowing individuals and organizations to better analyze trends and make better-informed decisions to accelerate efficiency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cites an average three-year energy use reduction of seven percent in benchmarked buildings, based on analysis of more than 35,000 buildings. These and other findings suggest significant savings potential associated with energy benchmarking. And benchmarking isn’t just for energy.

"By Benchmarking our water use through the Sustainable Tulsa Scor3card we discovered big spikes in water use.  We will now realize a 'guesstimated' $13,000 in savings annually due to changes in our procedures and communications.“ - Ric Kotarsky,Conservation and Research Manager, The Tulsa Zoo

Why Enroll In Benchmarking With Sustainable Tulsa?

Benchmarking can be accomplished through spreadsheets or through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Some companies can find this to be labor intensive and have high risk of error. Sustainable Tulsa is offering its members an affordable solution through your Sustainable Tulsa business membership and the Scor3card program, designed specifically for Sustainable Tulsa's members, powered by THG Energy2.

In the Scor3card, Cornerstone 2 is all about benchmarking. Enrolling in the benchmarking program could help your organization complete this Cornerstone and give you more time to focus on other items.

Enrolling in benchmarking through Sustainable Tulsa offers you basic benchmarking services and an opportunity for the following premium services:

  • ENERGY STAR Services
  • Natural Gas Advisory Services
  • Interval Data Integration
  • Electricity Rate Optimization & Tariff Verification Services
  • Automated Demand Response & Event Notification
  • Other Premium Services

The benchmarking program is offered to Sustainable Tulsa's business and Scor3card members. Fees will be based on number of utility accounts managed per month, starting at $5 per utility account.

"We have saved 4,000,000 kWh and reduced peak demand 900kW in the last 12 months. With 40+ utility bills, the only way to keep this many invoices manageable is to have them organized the way THG Energy Solutions does it. As an army of one, this has been as a huge time saver and reporting tool for executive management." -David King, Director of Energy Management for ORU/CityPlex

Ready to get started?

It's as simple as becoming a Sustainable Tulsa business member. As a Sustainable Tulsa business member, you qualify to register for the benchmarking program. Click here to register! Already a business member and want to enroll in benchmarking? No problem! Complete the registration form and let us know.

 

1 U.S. Department of Energy: http://energy.gov/eere/slsc/building-energy-use-benchmarking

2 THG is a green tech company jointly headquartered in Tulsa and Austin.  We manage over 50,000 utility accounts/month, behind more than 600 utilities across all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Their mission is to integrate energy and utility data across all sources to create actionable information and help achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability.  THG provides energy and utility management solutions through industry alliances. THG improves the financial, social and environmental performance of our customers - the Triple Bottom Line.