Study: Commercial, industrial outlets slash power use big-time since 2008
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
A new report revealed that all but one commercial and industrial sector used less energy during 2012 than in 2008.
That sector, the inpatient health realm, amped its energy usage by about 3 percent, a sharp contrast to the 16 other categories studied by Ecova Inc., which tracks energy usage through utility billings and other data points.
However, the commercial and industrial sectors slashed their consumption by 8.8 percent. Peak demand also dropped by 6 percent.
Ecova credited the move to "increased pressure from all sides to meet stricter energy efficiency and carbon reduction standards" such as those recently pitched by President Obama.
Small retailers fared best in the report, cutting their energy usage by around 14 percent. Medium-sized retailers and malls also slashed consumption by 12 percent.
The report culls information from 150,000 facilities.
“Energy costs are top-of-mind for many executives, and while many companies are making significant strides in cost and consumption reduction, there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Jeff Heggedahl, Ecova's CEO, in a release. Data is critical to implementing a successful energy management strategy. It empowers intelligent decision-making, which helps organizations prioritize resources on high-impact projects.”
Ecova further noted that while the cost of electricity and natural gas has decreased since 2008, water and sewer prices have soared by almost 30 percent during that time.
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