Tools and Resources
Do you have energy efficiency projects that have been postponed or rejected due to capital budget limitations, other projects with better returns, or lack of expertise? Yet, from your perspective the project should be a “no brainer” due to the immediate positive cash flows generated by the energy savings. Understanding your organization’s decision-making process, being able to effectively speak to the benefit of improved cash flow, and improving your financial literacy can greatly increase your probability of receiving approval for a project.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool helps building owners and tenants measure and track energy, water use, and waste, all in a secure online environment.
Users of Portfolio Manager enter information at the “property” level. A property can be a whole building, a campus of buildings, an individual tenant space, or even a common area within a building. This 7-page guidance document with screenshots describes how to create a tenant property, as well as how to link tenant properties to the whole building.