10 Free Online Tools for Energy Managers

Chris Heinz - January 15, 2014

Let’s not whine about it, but your job as an energy manager is challenging. The $5 trillion energy industry is by far the world’s largest, and you’re expected to be an expert in all areas. So let me help you.

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Here are ten free online tools to make your job easier.

1. Weather Data Depot

Weather Data Depot provides free degree day reports and degree day forecasts to energy managers. Weather data is from international weather expert AccuWeather. Weather Data Depot also offers free web links that are personalized to your ZIP code. 

2. CBECS Benchmarking Data 

BuildingBenchmarks.com is a free website that displays CBECS benchmarking data. CBECS stands for “Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey,” and is compiled by the U.S. Department of Energy for use by energy managers. BuildingBenchmarks.com simplifies the data and displays it immediately. 

3. Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is currently operated by the N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. DSIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. 

4. eGRID Database of Power Plant Emissions

The energy manager can use the Power Profiler developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine power and grid region based on ZIP code and electric utility. Also compare the fuel mix and air emissions rates of the electricity in your region to the national average, and calculate the air emissions impacts of electricity use in your home or business.

5. Convert Energy Units of Measure

OnlineConversion.com is a free conversion service with over 5,000 units and 50,000 conversions for energy managers.

6. Energy University

Great for energy managers to further their education through a free e-learning website, Energy University by Schneider Electric provides the latest information and professional training on Energy Efficiency concepts and best practice.

7. Library of Energy Manager Resources

The mission of EnergyCAP, Inc. is to help you get value from your utility bills through industry-leading energy management software. EnergyCAP offers a variety of free resources to help energy managers succeed, including videos, webinars, blog posts, ebooks, case studies, and a free software trial.

8. ENERGY STAR Tools and Resources Library

ENERGY STAR connects the energy manager with a broad range of tools and resources to help him or her implement a successful energy management strategy.

9. Commercial Energy Calculator

Provided by Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the Commercial Energy Calculator provides energy managers with estimates of energy usage and costs based on your inputs. It also presents a comparison of three efficiency levels for each calculation.

10. Efficiency Valuation Organization

EVO is a non-profit organization whose products and services help people engineer and invest in energy and water efficiency projects worldwide. EVO supports a vibrant community of Certified M&V Professionals and CMVPs in Training. EVO also offers training and certification and publishes an informative newsletter.

Use these tools to make your job a little easier.

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Topics: Energy Management

Chris Heinz

About the Author
Chris Heinz

Chris is Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., which helps organizations get value from their utility bills through energy management software. He's an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, and a Certified Professional Life Coach. He also started www.Munyay.com to help people love their life and love their work.

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