NADA Members Participating in ENERGY STAR Performance Scale for Dealers

The U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion agency’s ENERGY STAR has become the nation­al bench­mark on increas­ing ener­gy effi­cien­cy and reduc­ing ener­gy expens­es, and auto deal­ers increas­ing­ly have been adding the program’s stan­dards to their own prac­tices. Most Amer­i­cans are influ­enced in pur­chase deci­sions by ENERGY STAR labels. The Nation­al Auto­mo­bile Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion (NADA) has intro­duced a ful­ly auto­mat­ed online ener­gy usage sur­vey as part of a nation­al effort to under­stand ener­gy con­sump­tion trends among deal­er­ships across the coun­try. The pro­gram marks an impor­tant step toward achiev­ing ENERGY STAR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for deal­er­ships. The data derived from the sur­vey will aid in the devel­op­ment of a nation­al ENERGY STAR ener­gy per­for­mance scale for auto­mo­bile deal­er­ships by the EPA.

The new­ly auto­mat­ed sur­vey, cre­at­ed in part­ner­ship with lead­ing ener­gy man­age­ment sys­tems provider Grid­Nav­i­ga­tor, can be com­plet­ed by NADA mem­ber deal­er­ships in just one step by enter­ing ener­gy usage data and oth­er key deal­er­ship infor­ma­tion. This anony­mous infor­ma­tion will then be ana­lyzed by EPA to devel­op an ENERGY STAR ener­gy per­for­mance scale for deal­er­ships. Once an ENERGY STAR ener­gy per­for­mance scale becomes avail­able for deal­er­ships, those that achieve a score of 75 or high­er on the 1-to-100 scale may be eli­gi­ble for the ENERGY STAR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which stud­ies show is an impor­tant fac­tor for con­sumers in the shop­ping process. NADA mem­bers were emailed a unique user name and pass­word to access the new­ly auto­mat­ed ener­gy usage sur­vey at www.CarbonIndex.com.  All sur­veys must be com­plet­ed by July 6th to be eli­gi­ble for ENERGY STAR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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