When considering your business' energy usage, there are multiple ways to save money, reduce consumption, and tread more lightly on the environment.
The cheapest kilowatt is the one that is never used, and therefore conserving energy and reducing the consumption from your operations is the best first step in energy management.
Follow the links below to learn more about turning your energy management strategy into a cost-saving science.
Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager is a free online energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance. The first step to energy management and cost savings is energy measurement through Portfolio Manager.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements.
EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 200,000 buildings across the country. EPA also recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR.
Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Programs for Businesses
PSE has an array of programs, financial incentives (grants and rebates) and tools designed to offer customers the opportunity to participate in conserving energy.
Purchase Renewable Energy Now!
Puget Sound Energy offers 100% renewable energy for purchase through their Green Power for businesses program. It's easy to enroll.
Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program enables your business to reduce its environmental impact by matching up to 100 percent of the electricity you use with clean, green, renewable energy. Your business may also receive recognition benefits like free advertising in local newspapers and participation in PSE’s Green Power Rewards Card. For more information on becoming a Green Power business, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resource Conservation Manager Program
Hire a Resource Conservation Manager (RCM) to increase efficiency by focusing on improvements to operations and maintenance practices and instituting best practices for resource usage in your organization. Puget Sound Energy provides funding and technical support to get your program started. Reduce consumption of all utilities (electric, natural gas, water, sewer and waste) by at least 10 to 15 percent over several years.
The RCM grant program is available to school districts, government agencies and commercial or industrial customers, typically with facility portfolios of over 2 million square feet or over $2.5 million in total resource costs (energy, water, sewer, and garbage).