Help with building energy benchmarking
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council maintains a directory of businesses that can help owners with compliance and make informed decisions to improve energy performance. Visit NEEC at www.neec.net/portland-benchmarking-providers.
Energy Star® Portfolio Manager® also maintains searchable directory of licensed professionals that can help building owners verify the information in their building profile. Verification can lend credibility to the data that is published by the City annually.
Energy efficiency basics
Energy efficiency investments can improve your building’s performance for the next reporting period and also save on energy-related operating expenses on an ongoing basis. You can start with simple no- and low-cost solutions, such as:
- Changing or cleaning HVAC filters regularly.
- Turning off lights when not in use or when natural daylight is sufficient.
- Putting computers, monitors and other equipment in sleep mode when not in use.
- Upgrading to high-efficiency bulbs and fixtures.
- Using a smart power strip to turn off equipment that doesn’t always need to be on.
- Installing programmable thermostats to automatically control heating and cooling during closed hours.
Another low-cost strategy is to use internal resources to conduct an Energy Treasure Hunt. Uncover quick ways to save energy using ENERGY STAR’s Treasure Hunt toolkit.
Learn more with local resources
BetterBricks offers case studies, tools and resources to help manage and operate your building in an efficient and cost-effective way. Learn more about your building’s energy use and develop an action plan to save more. BetterBricks is developed by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, in partnership with Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations.
Incentives and financing
Energy Trust of Oregon offers technical assistance and cash incentives to businesses that make energy-saving upgrades. Call 1-866-605-1676 to connect with your account manager and visit the Energy Trust online to see how companies are using benchmarking to get more from their energy.
Energy Trust also offers a Pencil it Out tool that can help estimate the potential financial benefits and energy savings that may occur in connection with an energy-efficiency project based on certain assumptions.
The PropertyFit program offers up to 100%, long-term financing for energy-efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, and seismic projects to improve building performance and ENERGY STAR score. Visit the PropertyFit website for more information or contact Shelly Haack at Prosper Portland for assistance.