Our District Utility Data Tracking program was born out of the Lloyd Energy Efficiency Working group. Our invested stakeholders wanted a way to track energy use as a district and measure progress towards the EcoDistrict’s energy goals. After exploring several systems, the group decided to use ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. This is a free web-based tool that allows building owners to track and analyze their electricity, gas and water use. It also facilitates tracking the ENERGY STAR® score and potential for certification. By managing data in this system, we can see how well energy efficiency projects are working to reduce energy consumption in the district.
Working with our key partners, including Green Building Services most of the district’s large commercial buildings have committed to inputting their energy data into ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®. Over the past year, there has been a 12.2% reduction in energy use, a large amount in such a short time. We have also achieved 100% participation to track all buildings over 50,000 SF, and are now setting our goal to track all buildings over 20,000 SF.