Energy Savings

Energy Benchmarking Comes Of Age.

Demands for greater energy efficiency drive new best practices

By: | July 31, 2019

Building owners may be surprised that a building of almost any size or purpose can benefit from energy benchmarking. And, this trend is catching on for a good reason. Benchmarking is making an impact in a new era where energy use is under more scrutiny. Little by little, as more buildings share their energy usage information, the collected data is being aggregated into insight to help establish meaningful energy efficiency benchmarking results.

Any size, any type of building can benefit

Benchmarking enables you to determine how to lower your building's monthly energy costs and even your environmental footprint. Best of all, energy benchmarking is free. ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® is an easy-to-use benchmarking tool to help you manage the energy for any size commercial building. All that’s needed to get started are your energy bills and some standard information about your building.

If you’re designing a new commercial building, you can also use Portfolio Manager to set energy use targets and see how your data stacks up against similar existing buildings.

New ordinances require action 

A growing number of communities and cities are taking on sustainability and energy efficiency issues as part of their on-going policies for public, commercial, and multifamily buildings. They want large buildings in their jurisdictions to be as energy-efficient as possible. This is resulting in the use of benchmarking as a proof point because you can’t manage success unless you measure results.

Reporting ease with Xcel Energy’s Benchmarking Portal

Benchmarking is an excellent first step to determine if an energy efficiency plan is needed. For community ordinance reporting, commercial businesses with buildings 50,000 square feet or larger have an opportunity to access meter data collected through our Xcel Energy Benchmarking Portal. Our Benchmarking Portal tool eases the benchmarking process by:

  1. Aggregating the data with seamless integration. By mapping individual building utility meters to whole-building data results, accurate building data can be collected.
  2. Streamlining the consent. We keep customer data privacy in mind. For multi-tenant buildings, energy usage data is collected from no less than four tenants, and whole-building energy use data is collected from more than 50% of the tenants.
  3. Auto uploading. Transfer whole-building energy usage automatically via the web to the Portfolio Manager.

To learn how to get set up with our benchmarking portal, visit here  -- and download our Energy Benchmarking Services User Guide.

The big win

With regular and accurate energy use data, a level playing field can be established where each building can be appropriately matched with attainable goals, resulting in ongoing energy efficiency gains which answer the needs of local, state and federal environmental jurisdictions.  

Benchmarking data, now what?

Your benchmarking score is an excellent indicator of energy waste within your buildings. Improving the score contributes toward your community energy goals—and reducing energy use means reducing your energy bill.  

To get started finding energy efficiencies and rebates to offset costs for improvements, contact your Xcel Energy account manager. Or, call our Business Solutions Center at 855.839.8862 to get free advice from our energy advisors.



A self-professed energy nerd, Paul loves to explore how technology trends are bringing convenience and surprising benefits to our lives.