Your utility allowance report submission deadline is drawing near. You've requested the tenant utility data from your utility and, after weeks of waiting, are dismayed to see it now requires manual entry into a spreadsheet in order to do the calculations necessary to determine the new allowances. Then it all gets repeated for the next development's due date. And the next. Sound familiar?
One of the best things about helping your buildings use less energy is that it will simultaneously help your wallet spend less money. Thank goodness for that! The world of energy management would be a dark place if the economics of energy efficiency didn't make sense. This is one big reason it's important to understand how to take advantage of energy management's best practices.
Here at WegoWise, we take utility benchmarking very seriously. So it makes us happy to see that city governments have recently been catching on to the importance of energy benchmarking, with new policies being implemented all over the country that require building owners to report their energy and water use.
As you get started thinking about how to manage the utility consumption and expenditure in your building or across a portfolio of buildings, utility benchmarking software tools should surface as the first step in your utility management plan. Utility benchmarking is, fundamentally, an act of providing context for the data you're collecting; it tells you how your building is performing compared to other similar buildings.
Boston, Massachusetts is one of our nation's greenest cities. Greenovate, a program created to organize and implement more efficient public works, has been a smashing success thus far and shows no signs of slowing down. It has programs that include: recycling trash to power homes, replacing traditional taxicabs with hybrids, replacing outdated city lights with highly efficient LEDs, and implementing electric motorbikes as transportation. This movement's goal is to reduce Boston's greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. A massive reduction like this, however, needs strong outside participation. That's why the city has decided to reward big businesses for their contributions to Greenovate with the Carbon Cup Award.
It's time to take a closer look at energy usage in the U.S. How much energy do we use? What do we use it for? Does it vary by region? Are there any significant trends?
If you own a building of any kind, you know that upkeep can be very costly at times. Electrical, plumbing, heating, and hot water systems all require a regular amount of attention if they are to stay functioning properly and efficiently. One of the best things a property owner or manager can do is to prevent these costly accidents from happening.
Trying to get a grasp on utility spending at your organization? Figuring out which building to prioritize for a conservation upgrade? Our guide, "Getting Started with Water and Energy Management" will tell you everything you need to get going.
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There seems to be an app for everything nowadays. Even with over 350,000 apps in the Apple App Store, it can be hard to find one that will actually add value to your life. Luckily, there's good news for anyone looking to reduce his or her carbon footprint. There has been a new wave of extremely useful energy apps that can do anything from track your daily energy consumption to find the most efficient light bulbs to buy for your home.