And We Offer an Alternative Service to Complement It

2019 kicked off with what is now the longest government shutdown in US history. Aside from the government workers who have become pawns in a political chess match, the commercial real estate industry is impacted by the simultaneous shutdown of the ENERGY STAR program.

ENERGY STAR’s popular Portfolio Manager tool has received considerable media attention and support from the commercial and industrial market. THG has been making the business case for Portfolio Manager for years, which is now embedded in many of our service offerings and consulting programs. ENERGY STAR is also a fundamental component of industry-leading best practice operating protocols, like BOMA 360 Performance Program, US Green Building Council LEED, Green Globes, Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge, ASHE STARS, and many other industry programs.

One of the main pillars of the ENERGY STAR program is Continuous Improvement. Continuous Improvement requires Benchmarking through regular feedback and a comparison against a measuring stick. Without a measuring stick (baseline), the tens of thousands of commercial and industrial customers who rely on the Portfolio Manager tool lose their way. When the government shuts down, hundreds of thousands of ENERGY STAR users also lose access to their information. Utility data that may have taken customers 5-10 years to input, suddenly become held hostage by politics.

Benchmarking not only fuels continuous improvement but also provides a 123% ROI.* With such strong returns, this practice should be a regular part of your energy management.

THG’s Energy Intelligence Suite is an energy-data-as-a-service offering that operates completely independent from the ENERGY STAR program, while still complimenting the ENERGY STAR program with integrated data and scoring services.

Companies and customers who partner with THG Energy Solutions receive an uninterruptible, streamlined utility bill data collection and automated facility benchmarking tool that is available 24/7/365, no matter what politics are playing out on the national scene. THG customers always have access to energy and sustainability management tools allowing them to see how, when, and where they’re using utilities – without using spreadsheets, keying data, or waiting to pull past invoices from the archives.

We call on politicians to get it together, fund the government, and unlock the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. We fully support the ENERGY STAR program. In the meantime, please give us a call to ensure your building data never gets trapped inside partisan politics. Your business deserves better. We’re not from the government – we’re here to help.

Reach out to us at 877-629-2894 or, and we’ll help you get started.

*Source: Pacific Coast Collaborative, December 2015

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