Who's Tracking Energy?
“The slogan could be: Put it in writing and you will save! We reported the town energy usage in our annual report and now everyone has ideas to reduce town energy costs.”
– Theresa Swanick, Effingham Energy Committee
“I was surprised it only took a few hours to get our data collected.
– Madison Energy Committee member
1-2-3 guide to get started
1. Obtain digitized energy use data
Tracking energy involves obtaining usage data from electric and heating fuel providers. A few years (or at least one year) of historical usage data can help provide a good baseline of usage. Heating fuel data can be obtained from each respective fuel provider.
Instructions on downloading or requesting digitized energy usage data from NH electric utilities.
ALERT Liberty electric customers: Liberty is converting their database format by May 23rd, 2014. All data will be lost at that point! The only time to get a copy of up to 3 years of data is by request from customer service ASAP.
2. Upload excel data into Portfolio Manager
EPA’s FREE Portfolio Manager tracking tool will upload data from excel spreadsheets and provide reports on energy use for each building entered. Free tutorial or in person assistance is available for getting up to speed using Portfolio Manager.
More on how to access Portfolio Manager for the first time.
3. Share your data with BenchmarkNH.
Share your results with the Local Energy Working Group through Portfolio Manager's share button so we can assist you in the next steps including audits, technical assistance, and other resources. Compare your municipal facilities to similar facilities all across NH.
Why Track Energy Use with Portfolio Manager?
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"The Town of Plainfield, NH has benefitted from the use of Portfolio Manager to benchmark where we stood as compared to other municipalities as well as measuring our own progress as we moved the performance our school from the 30th percentile to the 96th over a multi-year period." - Allan, Plainfield, NH
"Portfolio Manager is a very powerful tool and very simple to use. I would encourage everyone to use Portfolio Manager prior to doing any energy work." - Kevin O'Maley, Chief Facilities Manager, Manchester, NH
Contact the LEWG for more information.