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benchmarking tool

Commercial Energy Benchmarking Tool

If you own or manage commercial property or a business you likely wonder how much energy you use — and lose — compared to competitors and other similar businesses/buildings.

You’re in luck.

We have created a very simple and easy energy benchmarking tool that will help give your business an general idea of whether you’re average, a big user or pretty efficient compared to what a similar building uses to your own in the Southeast.

You only need three inputs:

1. Building Use (easy…office, retail, lodging, medical, etc.)

2. Square Footage of your building/space

3. Total annual energy bill (preferable broken out by gas and electric but breakout not totally necessary).

Using the CBECS data (2003 Commercial Building Energy Survey data from the US Energy Information Administration) and general rules of thumb, it will estimate annual savings potential, energy efficiency project estimates to get those savings, payback, and potential added value to your building for lowering energy costs.  It will give you a rough idea of where your space stands and can be useful in showing your staff and leadership the value of energy efficiency.  A next step would be to have a LEAP contractor will come provide more accurate assessments.

Access the Energy Benchmarking Tool here.