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Building Energy Scoring
Utility costs can be one of the largest expenses of a business. Energy scoring and benchmarking can help you identify ways to manage these expenses.
Utilities' efficiency programs offer free assessments, incentives, technical assistance, training and education to support reductions in energy use. These tools provide a standardized approach for tracking and measuring a building's annual energy use and comparing its performance with that of similar buildings.
Benchmarking provides a simple, yet valuable, way for building owners and property managers to understand their facilities' energy use and identify opportunities to reduce energy-related costs.
Comparing the energy performance of one building to that of a similar facility also allows commercial real estate professionals, owners, investors and tenants, to:
- evaluate the highest-performing, lowest-operating cost options
- monitor the building’s performance in the marketplace
Get Started with a Score
Benchmarking helps building owners and property managers understand their facilities' energy use and identify opportunities to reduce energy-related costs.
Utilities’ Building Energy Scoring initiative uses the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, a free online tool developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for energy scoring and benchmarking.
To get started:
- Create a free Portfolio Manager account.
- Collect building data.
- Contact Utilities to request building energy data for the past two years.
- Learn how to access your Xcel energy-use data.
- Enter building data into the Portfolio Manager and start tracking its energy performance.
- View How To Use Spreadsheet Upload Templates.
Contact us with questions.
- Building Energy Scoring recognition through ClimateWise
- Fort Collins' buildings with ENERGY STAR certification
- Free verification of ENERGY STAR applications in Colorado
- Colorado Energy Office
- Colorado Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency®
Utilities will assist local commercial customers, building owners and property managers to score and benchmark their buildings.
In the future, Utilities will work with City Council to determine the next steps relating to the Building Energy Scoring initiative. Check this page periodically for updates.
Ask your landlord about utility costs and how your energy use compares to similar buildings.
Contact us for more information.
Fort Collins Utilities Environmental Planner