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Assess Performance and Opportunities

Step Two

 

Assessing energy performance, both past and present, is essential to establishing a baseline of energy consumption and costs. This information provides a starting point with which to monitor and measure progress with energy efficiency efforts.

Evaluating the operational performance of major facilities and systems will serve to highlight many no-cost/low-cost energy efficiency opportunities, as well as draw attention to more cost-intensive long-term projects.

To assess energy performance and opportunities, an organization needs to:

  1. Gather and track energy consumption and costs
  2. Establish a baseline of consumption and costs
  3. Benchmark energy performance between facilities
  4. Analyze energy use patterns and trends
  5. Perform technical assessments and audits


Refer to the Energy Star Guidelines for Energy Management Overview for Step Two: Assess Performance for more information.

Step Two Resources

The following resources were developed and/or compiled by KPPC engineers and sustainability specialists. While most of the resources listed are available to use at no cost, there are some that do have an associated cost.  Links to resources that have a cost are denoted with a dollar sign ($).

NOTE: KPPC provides this listing as reference information only and does not endorse any particular product, service or company.

 

Gather and track energy consumption and costs

(Refer to Step 2.1 for more information.)

 
Collect and inventory energy use information and document data over time.  Utilize a centralized system for analysis and reporting.

 

Establish a baseline of consumption and costs

(Refer to Step 2.2 for more information.)

 
Provide a starting point for setting goals and measuring results.

  • Weatherdog
    Track and correlate weather data to energy use. ($)


Benchmark energy performance between facilities

(Refer to Step 2.3 for more information.)

 
Make internal and external comparisons between buildings in order to prioritize performance goals.

Analyze energy use patterns and trends

(Refer to Step 2.4 for more information.)

 
Profile energy usage trends, peaks, valleys and causes.

Perform technical assessments and audits

(Refer to Step 2.5 for more information.)

 
Utilize a multi-disciplinary team to review energy use and identify opportunities.

 

Strategic Planning Tools (available as PDF downloads)

  • Brainwriting [PDF]:  This tool assists energy teams in identifying performance opportunities from multiple perspectives.
  • Bubble-Up/Bubble-Down [PDF]: This tool assists energy teams in prioritizing performance opportunities based upon common principles. 
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