Eleven Years of ENERGY STAR® Partnership

Last Monday, a team of colleagues from Ecova and I had the honor of attending the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards ceremony in Washington, DC at which Ecova was presented with an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award. Since partnering with ENERGY STAR in 2005, Ecova has received recognition for 11 consecutive years from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its leadership in energy management, and during this period, the company has worked to continuously expand its ENERGY STAR offerings to help clients reduce their energy use and position themselves for long-term sustainability.  The number of buildings Ecova benchmarks through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager continues to increase. In 2008, Ecova submitted site level information for approximately...

Announcing Our $1.6 Billion Resource Savings Milestone

A company’s growth can be counted in milestones, and this is very true here at Ecova. This week I was thrilled to see Ecova sharing our latest milestone – we have identified another $800 million in resource savings for our clients in 2014. Added to our 2013 savings, the result is more than $1.6 billion in resource savings in just the past two years. What kinds of costs are affected for our clients? Ecova focuses on identifying savings in numerous resource categories, such as energy, water, waste and telecom. We analyze bills for everything from contract compliance, billing errors and overcharges, to water leaks, dumpster right sizing and more. We also identify actions that can be taken to reduce overall energy and other resource consumption. Every penny we save our clients is a penny...

California Water Use Restrictions: What Will This Mean For Commercial Businesses?

Water costs have been on the rise for years – in fact, from 2008 to 2012 water rates rose an average of 30 percent across North America. This upward trend toward increasing water rates is not slowing in certain regions of the United States given the low precipitation in recent years and extreme winter drought conditions. Water use regulation has also been on the rise, and on the heels of record-low snowfalls this winter, the Governor of California has set a 25 percent reduction goal for potable water in the state. How the goal will be met is up to the individual water districts as the state’s 400 local water supply agencies will be responsible for coming up with restrictions to cut back on water use and for monitoring compliance. So what does this mean for commercial businesses? This is a...

Water Management Best Practices

We posted this blog below last May after a webinar addressing the rising costs of water. Given the recent restrictions on water in California, we wanted to dust it off as these best practices are still relevant to companies needing to understand and manage their water consumption. Water Rates Are Increasing Ecova manages over 2.5 billion data points in our Big Data Warehouse that we use to analyze trends and determine key findings for our clients. Since 2008, we’ve managed expenses for over 1 trillion gallons of water―that’s a lot of water flowing through sinks, toilets and irrigation systems at facilities around the country! Over the last five years we’ve seen, on average across the U.S., more than a 30 percent increase in water rates for our clients. Water costs are rising across all...

Eleven Consecutive ENERGY STAR® Awards!

For the eleventh consecutive year, Ecova has received an award from ENERGY STAR― twice as Partner of the Year and now a ninth straight time for Sustained Excellence! The Award recognizes Ecova’s long-term commitment to energy efficiency and is reflective of our expertise in energy and sustainability management. Several of my colleagues will attend the ENERGY STAR ceremony on April 20th in Washington, DC to accept the award on behalf of Ecova. Many of our clients have also won an ENERGY STAR award, so it’s a great opportunity to share in our joint success as partners and celebrate the work we do together. We’re very proud of our partnership with ENERGY STAR, as well as the work we do with our clients to promote this important program. Both ENERGY STAR and Ecova strive to promote...