Identify energy-saving actions

Help your occupants help you by identifying which energy-saving actions they should take. This might be a standard energy package or a top 10 list that applies to every building in your portfolio.

Comparison between building lights as shown from the exterior, before and during the competition.

Beacon Capital Partners implemented a “No Cost Energy Savings Program” to shut down unnecessary equipment at night. On average, the program has saved over 1 million/kwh per year per property.

One ENERGY STAR partner surveyed all 60+ facilities in its portfolio, and then developed a checklist of actions that addressed the most common problems.

Or you might choose to conduct an audit to see how your occupants currently use the space, and then identify specific actions based on what you find.

Once you’ve identified the list of action items, give occupants a plan or checklist so they know what they can work to improve. It also helps to provide the estimated energy savings associated with each behavior.

You might also choose guidelines that can be practiced at work and at home, so occupants can see benefits in both locations. Some example actions might be:

  • Turn off lights when not needed.
  • “Kill-A-Watt”: Turn off phantom loads like copiers, cell phone chargers, radios, and TVs.
  • Shut down computers and/or peripherals or put them in sleep mode.
  • Check for running faucets and report leaks.
  • Participate in ‘Un-Power Hours’ or other organization-led campaigns.
  • Take the ENERGY STAR Pledge.

You might also choose to expand your guidance into a tenant manual, like Liberty Property Trust’s online Green Guide. Or you might develop it into an assessment, in which occupants can input their activities and get immediate feedback and recommendations for improvement.