This 54-page report from Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) presents an overview of O&M assessments for commercial building HVAC, lighting and control systems. It discusses what an O&M assessment involves, how it differs from an energy audit, the value of hiring an O&M consultant, and what the benefits and costs are for performing an assessment. It also briefly describes the process and how an owner can increase the cost effectiveness of the process.

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This 26-page report from Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) presents an overview of best practices associated with the use of portable dataloggers. This document describes the importance and advantages of short-term diagnostic monitoring for building owners and managers. It also provides a sample of typical points to monitor, presents examples of data-logger findings (case studies), offers tips on how to choose a complete portable datalogging system, and gives a short list of companies that sell the products.

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This 46-page report from Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) presents an overview of the 15 best practices building owners and managers can employ to make their buildings more energy-efficient.

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This 46-page report from Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) presents guidance for designing and obtaining a good O&M service contract. Clear information on service contract options and trends to commercial and retail building owners, facility managers, property managers, and chief building engineers is provided.

This 74-page document, from the National Science and Technology Council, presents guidance and recommendations on the benefits and complexities in the use of submetering technologies for new and existing buildings.

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The Building Upgrade Value Calculator lets you analyze the financial value of efficiency-related capital investments in commercial real estate. Enter information—such as square footage, annual utility bill, the projected cost and savings for each investment, and financing terms—to determine a particular investment's energy and financial benefits. From there, you can either print out a summary report, or automatically generate a customized letter that you can take to your senior management to make the business case and secure funding.

This two-page handout presents some of the most common ways to make boiler systems more energy efficient. Additionally, it provides links to more general ENERGY STAR tools and resources that can help identify operational and organizational strategies necessary to support and maintain boiler efficiency. This is particularly useful for boiler system owners who are affected by the Boiler MACT rule, but can help everyone gain additional efficiencies from their boiler systems.

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The U.S. baking industry consumes over $800 million worth of purchased fuels and electricity per year. This guide, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, discusses the variety of opportunities available at individual plants to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner. The authors include expected savings in energy and energy-related costs, based on case study data from real-world applications in food processing facilities and related industries worldwide.

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This 12-page paper describes the voluntary ENERGY STAR program policy approach selected to engage and motivate the automobile manufacturing industry to improve its energy performance, and the results of the industry’s efforts to advance energy management as measured by the updated EPI. Most notably, the paper shows that electricity use per vehicle in the best plants improved by 2 percent, while the fuel use per vehicle improved by a dramatic 12 percent.

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Use this resource to help your restaurant save energy and water and boost your bottom line while helping to protect the environment. The guide discusses appliances, lighting, heating and cooling, and waste management for your business, and provides tips and easy steps to help you get started.

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