Reporting under ENERGY STAR

Different business premises surrounding the ENERGY STAR logo.


ENERGY STAR is a US government program jointly run by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DoE). It measures the energy performance of domestic buildings, schools and universities, office buildings, stores, financial institutions, manufacturing and industrial facilities, and more.

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ENERGY STAR's Objective

The goal of ENERGY STAR’s certification is to promote and identify energy efficient buildings and practices. It also provides consumers with the information necessary to make informed, energy-conscious decisions about their purchases.

What’s the timeline?

ENERGY STAR certification can occur at any time of the year, though a minimum ENERGY STAR score of 75 is required (scores range from 1 to 100). An ENERGY STAR score compares your property to others in the same category. To achieve the minimum score necessary for ENERGY STAR certification, your organization must have already begun to develop and implement energy efficiency measures.

Once your organization has attained that minimum score, you can apply through ENERGY STAR’s portfolio manager.

Your application then will need to be reviewed and verified by either a licensed professional engineer or registered architect, who will visit your site. Following verification, you can complete and submit the online application.

The EPA will routinely perform audits on random applications, so you may be asked to provide information in compliance with their requests. This may include:

  • Utility bills and invoices
  • Documents pertaining to the verification process, such as ascertaining building attributes

How can EnergyElephant help?

EnergyElephant is a one-stop location for your company’s energy, water, waste/recycling and carbon emissions data, across Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3. With all of your data in one place, you won’t have to worry about tracking down required information or dig through years of utility bills and invoices. You also have the option to upload documents relating to each building, including those used to verify building attributes.

EnergyElephant provides tools, data exports and template reports, ready to support reporting standards, audits and management systems.

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