Energy Efficiency Challenges
Despite rising energy costs, our region shows troubling trends in energy consumption.
According to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, there is potential to avoid more than 60 percent of commercial energy growth through energy efficiency. Capturing these savings is critical to helping the region meet its growing energy demands.
Pierce County's goal is to reduce by 15% electricity and natural gas use in County facilities over 2010 levels, and have all new County facilities built to a LEED Silver or better standard.
Pierce County has taken the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) Energy Challenge to reduce energy use by 15% in county owned buildings. To support these efforts they are also taking part in the Northwest Plug Load Pledge that focuses on procuring energy efficient products.
What can do to improve energy efficiency, save money and earn utility rebates? Explore the resources below:
Track Your Energy Use
'What gets measured gets fixed' - Alan Durning, Sightline Institute
Explore free tools available through ENERGY STAR that track energy use, benchmark water consumption, calculate emissions, and more.
To get started with ENERGY STAR, register your organization, at no cost, through the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager website.
Begin collecting general information about your buildings such as address, square footage, and use of space.
Compile utility data for at least the past 12 months. You can work with your utility providers or internal accountants to get this data.
Upload your utility data to your new Portfolio Manager account and assess your performance
Benchmarking Training Video
Qualify for Utility Rebates
Utility providers offer rebates - and funding opportunities to complete energy efficiency projects for commercial buildings. View program details below or contact your provider:
Bonneville Power Administration
Elmhurst Mutual Power & Light
Lakeview Light and Power
Parkland Light & Water
Peninsula Light Co.
Puget Sound Energy
Tanner Electric Cooperative
Explore Green Building Upgrades and Resources
Pierce County Master Builders
Cascadia Green Building Council
Building Operator Certification Council
Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
Free ENERGY STAR Tools and Resources
Database of Incentives for Renewable Energy
US Energy Information Admin