When most folks think of Energy Star they think of household appliances and lighting. However, Energy Star certification and recognition goes well beyond washers, dryers and refrigerators as commercial properties and manufacturers can achieve Energy Star recognition for their entire facilities; therefore, reducing their energy consumption.
Energy Star Certification is a hot topic for the commercial property space as energy bench-marking in urban centers has been mandated for several years in cities such as Washington DC, New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. Through bench-marking and various energy efficiency projects, many large commercial properties throughout the U.S have achieved Energy Star recognition and certification.
The EPA has expanded the Energy Star Challenge for Industry which makes perfect sense as manufacturers and industrial end users have the highest energy intensity. To achieve Energy Star recognition a facility must reduce their annual energy use by 10% within 5 years.
So, who is Taking the Challenge?
The EPA has reported that over 1,330 manufacturing and industrial end users have taken the Energy Star Challenge with over 420 sites achieving recognition and more than 280 sites have taken the challenge more than once since the program began. The participation in the challenge has resulted in huge savings of roughly 20% in the 1.9 years participating while reducing over 73 trillion BTUs resulting in over $371 million in energy costs. Looking at the savings and reduction in perspective, the energy savings by facilities who completed the Energy Star Challenge equals the total annual energy use of 407,650 households!
Participation in the Energy Star Challenge is free. The EPA offers support and free resources with no risk or penalties, just the possibility for recognition and cost savings. Energy Star recognition is national including an official certificate from the Energy Star program documenting savings, a profile on the Energy Star website, a congratulatory letter from the EPA highlighting the site’s accomplishments, and access to materials for communicating the site’s achievements within and outside of the organization.
This Challenge is a great roadmap for companies to reduce their annual usage, achieve significant savings, and remain competitive in today’s market place. Click Here To learn more about The Energy Star Challenge For Industry
Monitor and Manage to Achieve the Challenge
To meet the challenge a facility must have the tools to identify waste whether behavioral or equipment and process inefficiencies. Efficiency begins with energy monitoring, if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.
With pressure mounting to reduce consumption and improve sustainability to remain competitive, a new generation of electricity monitoring devices has emerged to address the challenge. This innovative technology is fast and easy to deploy, is inexpensive to buy and operate and provides ease of use through graphical representation of data allowing for precise and timely action.
Investments in New Equipment
Capital investment needs facts, not estimates. Through energy management and monitoring technologies, facilities can now measure real-time energy consumption of old equipment, enabling more accurate savings predictions. Through bench-marking operators can compare the efficiency of old equipment against updated equipment and measure actual performance of new equipment to verify the predicted payback of capital improvements.
By identifying inefficiencies and acting on real-time data, facilities can easily achieve the Energy Star Challenge by reducing annual energy consumption by 10% within 12-24 months by using the right tools.
Recently Applied Energy Partners and the EPA presented at the Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Association Energy Round Table with regards to the Energy Star Challenge and the tools for achieving the challenge. Click here EPA Energy Star Challenge to view the EPA presentation and Click here Tools for Achieving Energy Star Challenge to view the Applied Energy Partners presentation on Energy Monitoring and Management to Achieve the Challenge.