Energy management guidance

Energy Audits for Small Businesses

Whether you are thinking about upgrades for equipment that obviously needs replacing or don’t know what equipment may need replacing, you may wonder, “where should I start?” and “do I replace one piece of equipment or system at a time or should I do a comprehensive upgrade of my entire facility?” The answers to these questions will vary depending on your facility—these may include the age of your current equipment and facility systems, your local utility rates, your hours of operation, your level of contentedness with your current equipment and systems, and your

Energy Tracking Plan Template

Developed for industrial sites who sign up for the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, this template Word document can help you develop a plan for tracking your company's energy performance. Use it to assign roles and responsibilities, select an energy performance metric, track energy use, establish a quality assurance system, and document your energy savings.

Energy Efficiency and Cost Saving Opportunities for Distilleries

This Guide identifies best practices and technologies to increase energy efficiency in the distilled spirits industry. The guide focuses on most the most important systems, processes, and practices that account for the bulk of energy consumption including mashing and cooking, distillation, and byproduct processing operations. The information found here will help energy and plant managers identify energy and greenhouse gas reduction opportunities in their facilities.

ENERGY STAR Warehouse Opportunities for Efficiency

Owners and managers of warehouse spaces who are looking to save money on operations and maintenance costs may be good candidates for energy audits. Identifying opportunities and installing energy efficiency upgrades can not only save money – they can improve comfort and reduce the building’s environmental footprint, too.

Read this one-page fact sheet for guidance on identifying which warehouses might be good candidates for energy audits and next steps after an audit.

Warehouse Energy Management Best Practices Checklist

Use this checklist of energy management best practices to identify opportunities, assign responsibility, and track progress toward efficiency goals at your warehouse. Please note that each facility is unique; therefore, this checklist is only meant to be a guide. Best practices change depending on warehouse location, refrigeration capabilities, automation, goods stored, and many other factors. Find the opportunities that make the most sense for your facility.

Did Your Energy Efficiency Project Get Lost in Translation? Financial Speak for Facility Managers

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.

Kentucky School Energy Managers Project Case Study

Use this case study to learn about the work Kentucky has done in partnership with ENERGY STAR over the last several years to improve the energy efficiency of its K-12 buildings. State and local governments and K-12 school districts can use these approaches and best practices to drive savings in their buildings and enhance their ability to invest in student educational success.

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