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.