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In order to adequately control and manage your business's energy use, you first need to know how much you are using. Once you can see the data you can then figure focus in on specific areas to improve your energy efficiency. Follow these steps to track and manage your energy use.

1. Commit To Energy Efficiency - Educate yourself about energy efficiency, and educate your staff about your business’ commitment to increasing energy efficiency. Promote your commitment to your customers who are interested in the steps that you are taking to save energy, and therefore keep prices lower on the products and services that you provide. For example, consider becoming an ENERGY STAR Partner, which will provide you with valuable insights into energy efficiency.

2. Develop An Energy Savings Plan - Businesses need a long-term plan that clarifies where energy savings will come from (i.e. lighting, building controls, computer power management) and the cost and benefits. No two plans will be alike, and depends on the size of your business, type of business, products or services. If you are a large business or manage many facilities you should consider developing a full Energy Management Plan.

3. Create An Energy Baseline And Benchmark
- Identify how much energy your business currently uses and how much you pay for energy. Collect utility bills from the last 1-3 years and input the information into the ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager tool. This helpful tool allows you to easily monitor and track your business’ energy consumption, and highlights areas of highest priority. It also provides you with a energy benchmark by comparing your businesses to other similar businesses using national data.

4. Identify Energy Savings Opportunities - Depending on your facility and your staff resources you may be able to conduct an energy audit yourself, get started with this Simple Office Energy Checklist. Alternatively, you might want to use an outside provider to assist you with a walk-through audit. Contact and a Utah Energy Service Company (ESCO) for assistance with energy efficiency audits and upgrades.

5. Identify Financial and Technical Resources
- Certain financial incentives are available from Rocky Mountain Power, Questar, and the Federal Government. See Business Energy Efficiency Rebates for more details.

6. Get It Done - Hire a contractor and/or work with the utility to complete the energy efficiency project. Complete and mail in applicable rebate and/or tax incentive application forms, communicate your achievements, and track your energy savings over time.

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