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ENERGY STAR Offers Financial, Technical Info Via Internet



Resources from US EPA Energy Star:

 

Would you like to explore the financing options for energy efficiency projects?  Receive technical assistance on how to improve the energy performance of your buildings?  Find out how to bulk purchase Energy Star labeled products?  Learn about the process and benefits of benchmarking your portfolio of buildings?  And more?

 

The US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star® invites you to participate in one or more presentations delivered via conference call and the Internet.  You can view the slide presentation and participate individually using your own computer and office phone, or gather interested colleagues together around one phone and computer.  During the presentation, you can discuss your questions with energy and financing expert consultants.  There is no cost for your participation. 

 

Energy Star Internet presentations have been scheduled for November 2001.  EPA invites you to visit its Web site at http://yosemite1.epa.gov/estar/business.nsf/content/govt_resources_IP.htm to view a schedule and to register.  Once you register, your confirmation information will appear on the screen.  Please wait for this screen to appear and print it out, as it will be needed to access the presentations.  If you have any problems registering, please email payne.melissa@epa.gov <mailto:payne.melissa@epa.gov>.  Attached are descriptions of all the Internet presentations offered by Energy Star. 

 

Money for Your Energy Upgrades
This one-hour presentation focuses on financing energy upgrades despite tight capital budgets. Topics include (1) cost savings from energy upgrades; (2) the costs of delaying such upgrades; (3) traditional and non-traditional financing methods; and (4) the financing scheme most appropriate for your institution. Target audience: financial decision makers/facility managers in state and local governments, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities.

 

The Five-Stage Approach to Building Upgrades

This 45-minute presentation covers the major steps in implementing energy upgrades in buildings: (1) planning, benchmarking, and developing an energy usage baseline; (2) the five-stage integrated approach to upgrades; and (3) communicating success. The Five-Stage Approach focuses on lighting, building tune-ups, load reductions, distribution systems, and heating and cooling systems. Target audience: facility managers in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and state and local governments.

 

One-2-Fiveâ Energy Management Diagnostic

This 45-minute presentation focuses on a CD-based software tool that helps senior managers assess their energy management practices in key organizational areas. These include purchasing, capital finance, resources, maintenance practices, and equipment operations. Through simple yes/no questions, the tool helps managers (1) identify energy management opportunities in their organizations; (2) assign priorities; (3) define an action plan; and (4) measure progress toward sustainable reductions in energy operating costs and associated greenhouse gas emissions.  Target audience: facility managers and executive decisionmakers in state and local governments, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.


 

Benchmarking Tool/Portfolio Manager

Portfolio Manager is a 45-minute presentation on a Web-based software that allows users to calculate the energy efficiency of their office or K-12 building from a national perspective. Participants view some of the key screens users encounter and learn how to enter data either through the Web or a downloadable template.  Buildings that are among the top 25 percent nationwide in terms of energy performance and maintain an indoor environment that conforms to industry standards can qualify to receive the Energy Star label.  Target audience: office building owners, facility and energy managers, and K-12 school officials.

 

Cost Savings through Energy Star Purchasing

Purchasing products with the Energy Star label can substantially reduce your organization's energy use and costs.  Cost Savings through Energy Star Purchasing is a 30-minute presentation on the broad range of products carrying the Energy Star label. This presentation describes (1) the support EPA provides to aid purchasing of products with superior energy performance; (2) guidelines that define energy performance for numerous products; (3) drop-in procurement language for stipulating energy performance attributes to vendors; (4) lists of energy-efficient products; and (5) energy savings software that calculates the life cycle costs of Energy Star labeled products and their less efficient counterparts. Target audience: purchasing officials, energy and sustainability officers, and budget/financial officials.

 

Monitor Power Management

This 30-minute presentation describes a new Energy Star program that is helping organizations realize the enormous potential energy savings available from proper power management of computers and monitors.  The program includes educational outreach material and an innovative software tool that enables monitor power management from a central location.   Typical energy savings for an organization of 1,000 computers are 380,000 kWh/year.  The target audience is upper management, IT managers, facility/energy managers at large PC-intensive organizations such as government, colleges and universities, and large corporations.

 

To View a Calendar through November or To Register

Visit <http://yosemite1.epa.gov/estar/business.nsf/content/govt_resources_IP.htm>

 

 

 

Michael Segal

Associate

The Cadmus Group.

1901 North Fort Myer Drive

Suite 900

Arlington, VA 22209

Tel: 703-247-6113

Fax: 703-247-6001

 

For more information on saving money and preventing pollution through energy efficiency, please visit

http://www.energystar.gov