The most you probably know about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR program is what I have traditionally known about ENERGY STAR: It’s a good thing to look for when shopping for a fridge at Lowe’s. And, granted, that’s still very true. If you’re wanting efficient appliances, looking for that ENERGY STAR seal of approval can help you there.
But, ENERGY STAR is at work behind the scenes of utilities as well. Along with offerings like Portfolio Manager (which is a free online tool that tracks energy use for commercial buildings and has been recently upgraded), ENERGY STAR gets in good with a number of utilities looking to help their business customers be more efficient, including ComEd in the Chicago area.