The Columbus Department of Public Utilities Automated Benchmarking Program
View, benchmark, and track your utility usage data all in one place with Automated Benchmarking.
It’s easier than ever to manage energy at your business. Take the first step toward greater control and savings with a new, no-cost program from the Columbus Department of Public Utilities.
Energy and water benchmarking is a key energy management best practice that enables you to identify the energy performance of your building(s), invest strategically in energy efficiency upgrades, and monitor effectiveness of energy improvements. Benchmarking is the process of comparing measurements against a standard, average or best practice with the purpose of improving current practice and moving toward the use of best practices.
Automated Benchmarking makes it easy! The user-friendly platform tracks your monthly usage and calculates your buildings ENERGY STAR® score or Energy Use Intensity (EUI). Now you can automatically track all your energy and water consumption in one location, whether you have one building or an entire portfolio!
Sync With Energy Star® Portfolio Manager®
Automated Benchmarking keeps your energy data up-to-date and provides an automated ENERGY STAR score to compare your building’s energy performance to those of similar use.
Quickly Analyze Your Energy Usage
With interactive charts and data at your fingertips, it’s easy to identify trends and track improvements in building performance.
Get Started In Minutes
Getting started is easy! With a few building details and copies of your most recent invoices, you can be set up in under 15 minutes!
All Columbus Department of Public Utilities business customers can participate. You must be the account owner or an authorized account representative to enroll.
Compliance and Ordinances
New Ordinance in Effect in Columbus, Ohio
On March 16, 2020, the City of Columbus City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Energy and Water Benchmarking and Transparency Ordinance. The ordinance requires buildings 50,000 square feet and over to track their whole-building energy and water use with the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool and share this data with the City beginning in 2021. The City will publish a subset of summary data to support market transparency and recognize high-performing buildings across Columbus beginning in 2022.
Why It’s Important
Columbus is committed to reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Ensuring that buildings in Columbus – which account for 58% of community-wide greenhouse gas emissions – are as energy and water efficient as possible is a critical step in our efforts to ensure that Columbus remains a healthy and vibrant community.
Benchmarking is an easy way for buildings to measure and manage their energy and water use and focuses on creating information that will enable better decision-making around building energy use. The ordinance will significantly improve the energy efficiency of large buildings across Columbus.
By providing reliable data to building owners and tenants and consistent information to the market (like a MPG rating for cars), benchmarking and transparency has been shown to reduce building energy use by 2-3% each year. Benchmarking and transparency reduce community-wide emissions from the buildings sector by 3-4% year over year by encouraging building owners to make informed energy investment decisions.
Automated Benchmarking is a user-friendly platform to track your buildings energy and water usage – streamlining energy management and compliance with the Benchmarking Ordinance.