Getting Started 

If you want to lose weight, the first thing you need to do is get on a scale and weigh yourself. Likewise, the first step on your Better Business Challenge adventure is making a plan! Check out these resources that can help you take the plunge and embark on your Challenge journey.

Toolkit Resources

Scorecard Action Items

Potential Points: 70

Collect the last 12 months of energy bills as a way to benchmark your energy use 20 Points

Form an Energy Team 20 Points

Establish a company energy reduction goal (5%, 10%, 15%, etc.) 10 Points

Develop a “Better Business Challenge Plan” 20 Points

Additional Information

Studies show specific goal-setting for groups leads to significantly higher performance compared with non-specific goals or no goals at all.[1] Thus, it is important to set clear goals when trying to achieve an energy savings objective with your business.

Gathering baseline data is also essential so that you can know how much progress you are making toward your savings goals; if you want to lose weight, the first thing you need to do is get on a scale and weigh yourself.

The graph below illustrates the commercial sector electricity use for the United States. Although the actual consumption varies by business type (i.e. restaurants will have vastly different breakdowns compared to office buildings), this data is useful in “weighing” your business. Note that “all other uses” includes powering medical, security, and fire suppression equipment; powering elevators and escalators; and running cooking and laundry equipment.


[1] Kleingeld, Ad & Van Mierlo, Heleen & Arends, Lidia. (2011). The Effect of Goal Setting on Group Performance: A Meta-Analysis. The Journal of applied psychology. 96. 1289-304. 10.1037/a0024315.