Benchmarking is a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed. Often its purpose is to motivate people to strive toward that goal. When organizations want to improve their performance, they benchmark. That is, they compare and measure their policies, practices, philosophies, and performance measures against those of high-performing organizations. In today’s world, the power of benchmarking is demonstrating an effective influence for promoting energy efficiency innovation. Considering that the cost and consumption of ‘Energy’ resources is continually rising, it makes good ‘cents’ for placing a high value on ‘Energy Efficiency’.
Dr. W. Edward Deming a well-known business consultant once quoted ” You can’t manage what you don’t measure”. Yet, in most commercial buildings, energy use is only measured at the end of the month when the utility bill arrives. However, by leveraging today’s Internet connectivity a building owner can become aware of real time energy usage costs. This awareness alone has proven to significantly reduce energy costs and consumption by providing managers with trended data that exposes wasted energy. Energy use connectivity also allows buildings to communicate to the managers via email and text messaging when critical systems are malfunctioning or continuously running while not is use. The payoff is energy savings and increased building performance.
Enerlon is an ENERGY STAR Program partner and is offering a free service to assist customers with the DOE sponsored benchmarking process that compares their buildings to similar buildings across the US. Enerlon is a CA licensed electrical/HVAC contractor based in Santa Clarita serving the greater Los Angeles area.
The City of Santa Clarita is one of 7 southern California municipalities participating with the CEP (Community Energy Partnership) in a collaborative effort that includes Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Co, and the Energy Coalition. The mission of CEP, is to deliver effective energy efficiency programs that forge positive relationships, motivate communities to reduce environmental impacts, and promote sustainable cities. Laurel Rothschild, is the Program Manager for The Energy Coalition, the non profit organization that facilitates the CEP and works directly with city sustainability planners. One of her main goals is to encourage benchmarking for municipal buildings. “It’s a pleasure working with Heather Merenda, who is very dedicated as the Sustainability Planner for the city of Santa Clarita.” says Rothschild, ” The Energy Coalition is providing training for using the Energy Star, Portfolio Manager”. “We also help them to get a handle on their own buildings so they can become aware of how they are using energy and what they can do for improvements.”