Energy Grader


What to expect: This assessment will take approximately 20 minutes. When you are finished, you will immediately receive a score from 1-100 based on the extent of energy saving activities taking place in your organization as well as the impact of those activities. You will also receive a copy of your answers and your score by email. If you would like a more in-depth analysis of your score and recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of your efforts, call us for a free 30-minute consultation.

CLASS 5 Energy Grader


Energy efficiency is a priority for our organization

We have a process for setting and reviewing organizational energy goals and strategies

We have written documentation of our energy goals and strategies

Our organization has a clearly defined energy reduction goal

Senior Leadership is aware of our energy reduction goals

Department managers are aware of our energy reduction goals

Employees are aware of our energy reduction goals

We have a comprehensive, organization-wide energy policy

A majority of departments and employees adhere to our energy policy

There is a sense of urgency around energy efficiency in our organization

Energy savings are listed as part of our key performance indicators

We consistently track our energy use and costs

We use a comprehensive energy tracking and reporting system

We effectively use the normalization features (weather, production units, etc.) within our tracking software

We effectively track cost avoidance as well as energy use and reduction

We consistently prepare energy reports monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually

We adhere to a measurement and verification protocol

We adhere to a data entry and error checking procedure

We adhere to a set of rules for baseline adjustments

Energy reports are distributed to each department within our organization

Everyone who receives energy reports has been trained on how to read and use the information in the reports

Leadership sees energy management as part of the organization's core business

Leadership has publicly stated their commitment to energy efficiency

There is at least one leader who is seen as a champion of energy management

Leadership encourages their employees to demonstrate energy efficient behavior

Energy management is seen as a cooperative activity involving a team and/or multiple subteams

Energy management is viewed as a good use of company time

We have a leadership team dedicated to energy efficiency (Energy Steering Committee)

Our Steering Committee includes representatives from each department

We have a Steering Committee liaison at each site/facility.

The Steering Committee develops an annual action plan that includes goals and strategies.

Committee members are given responsibilities and expected to report their progress on assigned tasks at each meeting

The Steering Committee has the authority to make decisions and recommendations in regard to energy efficiency

The Steering Committee meets weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, annually (If you DO NOT have a steering committee, choose annually.)

There is a process for replacing members of the Committee when they leave

We have an individual in our organization whose has primary responsibility for energy management (Energy Efficiency Coordinator)

The Energy Efficiency Coordinator reports directly to a senior leader/executive

The Energy Efficiency Coordinator is required to spend at least 50% of their time working on energy efficiency

The Energy Efficiency Coordinator has a dedicated budget for the energy efficiency effort

The Energy Efficiency Coordinator has the skills and abilities to work with all staff levels, from maintenance to engineers to financial officers

The Energy Efficiency Coordinator visits our organization's departments and facilities on a regular basis to connect and determine their needs

The Energy Efficiency Coordinator regularly attends building operations meetings or engages facility/ operational staff to learn about their concerns and find ways to address them.

The Energy Efficiency Coordinator is part of our organization's strategic business planning process.

The Energy Efficiency Coordinator has access to communications support and resources

The communications/marketing department assists in drafting/distributing energy-related communications

All employees regularly receive information about our energy management efforts

Our organization has an energy message that is simple and easy to remember

All employees have been told why our organization is interested in energy efficiency

Results from energy saving efforts (projects and initiatives) are regularly communicated to employees and key stakeholders

We regularly communicate our energy management initiatives and successes via our public relations vehicles

Our organization has a formal, active employee reward and recognition program

Our organization recognizes and acknowledges the value of all (individuals, departments, teams, facilities) who participate in our energy management initiatives

We clearly communicate what energy efficient actions/outcomes will be recognized and rewarded

Employees have an opportunity to provide input on the incentives we provide

We recognize and reward recipients publicly in our organization

Leadership is involved in recognizing individuals and facilities that demonstrate significant efforts around energy management

Our organization has a person/committee responsible for employee involvement

We survey our employees about their opinions and attitudes

We use a variety of approaches to help get employees involved

We provide clear direction about the energy efficient behaviors/strategies we would like employees to follow

We have a process that allows employees to provide suggestions for how to save energy

We have a process for letting employees know which suggestions have been implemented

We support employees in their efforts to demonstrate energy efficient behaviors at work

We provide ongoing feedback to employees on progress toward our energy efficiency goals

We provide opportunities for employees to learn about energy efficiency

We have an active Green Team(s)

We have an up-to-date intranet site that employees use as a source of key information

We encourage our employees to demonstrate energy efficient behaviors at home and in the community

Our organization has a process for identifying which buildings/departments are the least energy efficient

Energy efficiency/energy savings are one of the criteria used to prioritize facility projects

We have purchasing protocols that include energy efficiency as a criteria

Savings achieved from energy efficiency projects are reinvested in future energy efficiency projects

We verify energy savings once an asset project is completed

The results of energy efficiency projects are shared across the organization

We follow recognized new/remodeling construction guidelines/standards for energy efficiency for all infrastructure projects

We follow a commissioning process for energy consuming systems for all new facilities

We utilize a retro-commissioning process for energy consuming systems for all existing facilities

We conduct periodic energy audits/studies of our facilities

We use information from energy audits/studies to prioritize energy efficiency efforts

We consistently maximize utility rebate programs

Our organizations employs one or more facility operations staff

Our organization adheres to best practices for energy efficient operations

Facility operators have a process for responding to energy saving suggestions from employees

Our organization has a facility automation system

Facility operators have the time and knowledge to run our facility automation systems and/or other energy consuming systems

Facility operators receive ongoing training on our energy consuming systems, including automation systems

Facility operators meet regularly to share information on buildings and systems

Facility operators are supported in their efforts to implement our organization's energy policies and procedures

Facility operators regularly receive energy usage and cost reports and are provided support for interpreting the results

Facility operators are encouraged to find and recommend energy saving opportunities

There is a building operator at each site who is the lead contact for energy efficiency efforts at that site

Operators are recognized/rewarded for noteworthy energy efficiency efforts