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

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



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