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Energy Summit Session: EPA Benchmarking Insights

Energy benchmarking is a growing trend. Many localities and the entire state of California have made benchmarking mandatory for multifamily. The benefit with all this benchmarking? The data provides insights and trends that can be used to improve operations.

Earlier this year, Craig Haglund, U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® Program Manager, presented a live session at our annual Energy Summit® event, where he explored several areas that are ripe for cost savings. We’re sharing this information here for anyone who couldn’t attend the Summit.

Highlights include:

  • Benefits of benchmarking for owners and managers
  • Working with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®
  • Understanding comparative performance
  • Next steps

COVID-19 has impacted all of us, and it has ensured the trend toward tracking energy usage through benchmarking will continue. Savings through conservation will gain even more importance in an environment where rent increases will be harder to come by.

*The Energy Summit is the only industry conference focused exclusively on the latest utility management best practices, trends and technology. This conference is hosted by RealPage® and brings together leaders from government and industry to discuss the latest ways to conserve resources, improve NOI and navigate a complex regulatory environment.

If you’re interested in attending our next Energy Summit at the beginning of the year, please contact your account manager. We’d love for you join us.

Mary Nitschke

Vice President, Sustainability, RealPage, Inc.

Mary Nitschke joined RealPage as Vice President of Sustainability in 2019. Previously she was the Director of Ancillary Services for the award-winning Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc, where she had the privilege of managing both the resident costs and expense sides of the utility wheelhouse.

Mary is passionate about utilities, and should perhaps switch to decaf. She was the first president of the Utility Management Advisory board, possesses an Energy Resource Management Certificate from UC Davis, and two Bachelors of Art from UC Berkeley.


Craig Halund

ENERGY STAR® Program Manager, U.S. EPA

Craig Haglund is a National Program Manager with the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Commercial Buildings and Industrial Program.  In his role he leads program work with commercial real estate and multifamily building sectors, and works with building owners and managers to help them improve energy management practices and reduce energy consumption in their portfolios. Prior to joining the EPA, he worked for over 7 years as a project manager for D+R International, an energy efficiency consulting firm, leading a variety of projects in both public and private sectors to help develop and enable the market for energy efficient technologies.  Mr. Haglund holds a M.B.A. and B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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