NADA and EPA Asking Dealers to Take Survey on Energy Star Certification Program

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While it’s still very new in the US auto dealer arena, “green­ing” the deal­er­ship through energy effi­ciency and alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles is start­ing to take root in the indus­try. The National Auto­mo­bile Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion and the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency would agree with that state­ment – and have part­nered to help new car deal­ers reduce their energy con­sump­tion through the Energy Star pro­gram. As part of this effort, NADA and EPA are encour­ag­ing deal­er­ships to com­plete a brief sur­vey that will give the agency a bench­mark to bet­ter com­pare the energy usage of deal­er­ships across the coun­try and allow cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of those deal­er­ships that per­form well. The sur­vey asks deal­ers to share their yearly util­ity bills, square footage – inside and out – and dif­fer­ent types of equip­ment used at the deal­er­ship. Deal­ers that par­tic­i­pate in the sur­vey and reduce their power usage will be rec­og­nized by Energy Star for their efforts to reduce the dealership’s impact on the environment.

“NADA’s ulti­mate goal is to help deal­ers learn ways to save energy and reduce their costs,” said Don Chalmers, chair­man of NADA’s Gov­ern­ment Rela­tions Com­mit­tee, and a Ford and Lin­coln dealer in New Mex­ico. “Before we can begin the Energy Star cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process, we need to bench­mark the energy usage of at least 500 dealerships.”

To encour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion, NADA has launched a new pro­gram called Energy Ally. Busi­nesses, such as account­ing, con­sult­ing and energy man­age­ment firms, that assist at least five deal­er­ships to com­plete the sur­vey will be awarded an NADA Energy Ally des­ig­na­tion. These con­trac­tors can use the recog­ni­tion to mar­ket their ser­vices to other deal­er­ships. (Infor­ma­tion on how to apply to become an Energy Ally is avail­able at www.nada.org/energystar).

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