Learn more about the ENERGY STAR program.
Congregations can use ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager, a free and interactive energy management tool used to track and assess (benchmark) energy and water consumption for an individual building, or across an entire portfolio of buildings, in a secure and confidential online environment. Portfolio Manager can help set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings and verify efficiency improvements. As of December 2012, over 300,000 buildings in the United States benchmarked using Portfolio Manager.
By using Portfolio Manager, Houses of Worship are eligible to receive an Energy Performance Score, which compares facility performance to similar buildings across the country. The Energy Performance Score indicates how efficiently buildings use energy on a 1 – 100 scale; a score of 50 indicates average energy performance, while a score of 75 or better indicates top performance. A Performance Score of 75 or greater and verification by a certified energy rater, makes a building eligible for ENERGY STAR recognition for superior energy performance.
The ENERGY STAR’s Benchmarking Starter Kit includes a self-guided training, worksheets to assist with data collection and a quick reference guide for using Portfolio Manager. Find more information on how to benchmark your House of Worship with Portfolio Manager at: www.energystar.gov/benchmark.
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