Municipal Energy Benchmarking


Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring a building’s energy use over time. This allows owners and occupants to understand their building’s energy performance relative to similar buildings and helps identify opportunities to cut energy waste. Buildings are one of a city’s most important assets. Benchmarking data provides unparalleled insight into how buildings perform, enabling more informed investment decisions. 

Energy Benchmarking in Saratoga Springs 

On June 19, 2017, the City Council unanimously passed an energy benchmarking resolution that requires the City to report the energy use of municipal buildings on an annual basis, including City Hall, Canfield Casino, and the Putnam Street Parking Deck. The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDPRC) has agreed to assist the Town with uploading the energy use data into Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The City posts the statistics of energy consumption within municipal buildings on the City’s website.

In order to benchmark energy use, the City uses the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. This tool is considered the industry-leading benchmarking tool since it is widely used across the country. In fact, the City of Saratoga Springs has joined with more than half of the Fortune 100®, half of the largest U.S. healthcare organizations, major league sports teams, colleges and universities in using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.

Current Energy Benchmarking Data for City-Owned Buildings

The charts below reflect energy usage data of City-owned buildings from the beginning of 2021 to late April 2021. Energy use intensity (EUI) is used to measure how much energy is used in a building per square foot. This means a higher EUI indicates that a building is using greater amounts of energy per square foot.

Total GHG Emissions (Metric Tons CO2)

Energy Use Intensity Per Square Foot

Saratoga Springs Energy Benchmarking Report:

  1. EPA Portfolio June 2021 Summary
  2. EPA Portfolio March 2019 Summary