December 31, 2019
According to the Office of Federal Sustainability, the U.S. federal government is the largest energy consumer in the nation, managing more than 350,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles. As such, U.S. DOE celebrates Energy Awareness Month each October to help federal agencies across the country meet energy efficiency laws and requirements and to provide leadership in energy management and building optimization, energy resilience and security, and deployment of advanced and distributed energy technologies.
In recognition of Energy Awareness Month, U.S. EPA released a new suite of “Energy Treasure Hunt” tools to help building managers discover opportunities for energy and cost savings in their facilities. During these one-to-three-day “hunts,” participants can use energy “treasure map” checklists to uncover opportunities for efficiency projects or policies that, ultimately, save money. Examples of energy savings opportunities include identifying where lights have been left on in unoccupied spaces; inspecting doors and windows to find gaps and cracks that may leak conditioned air; discovering office equipment that is mistakenly left on overnight; ensuring that thermostats are set to appropriate temperatures; etc. Treasure map checklists have been prepared for 14 different building types, including K-12 schools, hospitals, offices, convenience stores, multifamily buildings, and more. Participants are encouraged to share a summary of their findings with U.S. EPA to demonstrate successes and to identify candidates for case studies. Those who complete a treasure hunt and submit their findings to U.S. EPA before December 31 will be eligible for special recognition by the department.