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Purchase efficient ENERGY STAR® appliances when replacing old ones (rebates available).
The City of Fort Collins recently adopted an ordinance to advance the transparency of energy and water use through the Building Energy and Water Scoring Program (BEWS). BEWS will begin a phased approach starting in 2019 with existing large commercial buildings greater than 20,000 square feet reporting energy and water use via the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager by March 1, 2020. Please read the press release for more information. Check back in early 2019 to learn more about assistance offered by Fort Collins Utilities to support buildings covered under this ordinance.
Building Energy and Water Scoring
Utility costs can be one of the largest expenses of a business. Energy/water scoring and benchmarking can provide ways to manage these expenses and help owners, property managers and tenants:
- understand their building’s energy use
- establish a baseline for tracking and identifying opportunities to reduce energy-related costs
Other Efficiency Programs
Utilities’ offers free assessments, rebates and incentives, technical assistance, training and education to support reductions in energy use.
Benchmarking helps building owners and property managers 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, property managers, owners, investors and tenants to:
- evaluate the highest-performing, lowest-operating cost options
- monitor building performance in the marketplace
Utilities’ Building Energy and Water 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.
Keep Going With a Facility Assessment
Your energy score indicates how your building compares to peer facilities locally and nationwide. After you start benchmarking, your next step is to identify which improvements can boost your score.
Sign up today for a free facility assessment to learn how your business can improve efficiency by cutting energy and water costs.
- Building Energy and Water 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®
- Determine the next steps to launch the Building Energy and Water Scoring initiative in 2019 with City Council based on City staff and working group recommendations. Check this page periodically for updates.
- Assist local commercial customers, building owners and property managers to score and benchmark their buildings.
- Ask your landlord or facility manager about utility costs and how your energy use compares to similar buildings.
View the BEWS Council Agenda Item Summary and work session video to learn more - starts at 01:07:08.
Contact us for more information.
Fort Collins Utilities Environmental Planner