Schools: Improve your energy grade with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

Categories: How To
Published on: August 15, 2014

NRCan / Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency Newsletter VOLUME 1, Issue 5

School districts in Canada stand to save millions in energy costs – money that could be reinvested in school programs. And the good news is that ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager can help make it happen. With the free, online energy management tool facility managers can benchmark energy and water consumption across an entire portfolio of buildings.

Benchmarking can help school districts determine the impact of energy-saving projects and budget future energy costs accordingly. Once 12 consecutive months of energy data have been collected, benchmarking is quick and easy. It requires only a few minutes a month and provides many valuable results. NRCan offers a variety of tools and resources to help get you started.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager earns top marks for schools in the United States

School districts have been using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager in the United States for many years. The following are a few examples of what can be achieved with the benchmarking tool:

Contrary to what skeptics think, reducing energy consumption does not compromise student education. “We don’t teach in the dark”, says Eric Hamilton, director of buildings and grounds with the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools in Buffalo, Minnesota. “We just have a dark room when we leave.” The school district has avoided about US$13 million in energy costs over the last 10 years since it started working with ENERGY STAR. Another U.S. school district in North Carolina, which consists of 32 facilities, avoided US$8.1 million in energy costs over the past eight years, while the St. Tammany Parish Public School District in Louisiana avoided more than US$11 million in energy costs between 2005 and 2012.