Tracking a Home’s Energy Fitness

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by David Ribeiro, Research Analyst

If you’ve gone for a jog or visited your neighborhood gym recently, you may have noticed new accessories popping up amid the sea of iPhones and earbuds. There’s a good chance that some of your fellow runners or gym goers have been using wearable performance monitors—like the Fitbit Flex or Jawbone UP—to track their physical activity. Or perhaps you’ve seen a post from a friend on Facebook bragging about their new personal record for fastest mile. The idea behind these devices and apps is simple: the better you track performance, the more knowledge you have to improve your routine. To run that mile faster. To shed those last few pounds. And disclosing your progress on social media not only helps keep you accountable, but also provides encouragement to keep you going.

A similar idea has been applied to buildings over the last several years, although building managers may not have the urge tweet about their new personal energy management records. Several states and cities have implemented energy benchmarking and disclosure policies that require large commercial and multifamily buildings to be evaluated for energy efficiency, and then to disclose those evaluations to consumers.

Montgomery County, MD became the most recent addition to this growing group with the passage of the first county-level benchmarking and disclosure policy…

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Source: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)