Tenant Guide to Saving Energy Costs
The U.S. Energy Star program is encouraging office building tenants to work with their landlords to save money and protect the environment. According to the Energy Star web site, a tenant in a 20,000-square-foot office space can save as much as $50,000 a year, and pass some of those costs along to the property owner.
The site is encouraging tenants to take the first step with their landlord to create incentives for both parties, and is offering “Guidelines for Energy Management,” which contains tools, resources, a letter that tenants can send to their building owner to get them involved in the program (see below).
FROM A TENANT TO A BUILDING OWNER/MANAGER
Dear [Representative of owner/property manager]:
[Our Company] has entered into a voluntary partnership with Energy Starâ - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) program to protect the environment and improve the profitability of our organization.
As a tenant in your property, we ask for your help in this effort. In order to understand the energy performance of [building name/address], we request that you benchmark the property with Energy Star’s national energy performance rating tool.
In an effort to fulfill our commitment to sustainable business practices, we would greatly value the results of [building name/address]’s benchmark score. I look forward to discussing your accomplishments in energy management.