Smarter Energy Strategies for Commercial Real Estate 

Offices, apartment buildings, stores and other commercial real estate buildings are big energy users. In office buildings alone, energy accounts for as much as one-third of operating costs, typically making it the largest single expense.1 The building sector consumes more energy than either manufacturing or transportation, using about 40 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S., at a cost of at least $400 billion each year.2

Figures like these are why it’s so critical for you to take advantage of smarter energy strategies that focus on ways to more efficiently use energy, identify and eliminate potential waste and reduce spending. Direct Energy Business delivers exactly those strategies to our customers so that they can actually buy less of what we sell. Use the resources below to get started on a pathway of savings, to see what our current customers are saying and to find out how we can help make your business better.

Gain new energy insights with Panoramic Power

It starts with our device-level energy monitoring solution, Panoramic Power. It gives you unprecedented visibility into where and when your energy usage is occurring—right down to the device or individual equipment level. With the insights gained into your usage, we’ll create a smarter energy strategy that meets your business objectives, from reducing costs to increasing efficiency to sustainability initiatives.

These smarter energy strategies can make a difference for your bottom line. Making a building more efficient—using less energy while maintaining necessary operations—can lower your operating costs. 

Consider the numbers: If you reduce energy use by 10 percent in a 100,000-square foot office that pays $2.50 per square foot for energy, you have the potential to save $25,000 in net operating income (NOI).

Maximizing energy efficiency of every square foot

It starts with giving you greater visibility into where and when your energy usage is occurring—right down to the device or individual equipment level. With the insights gained into your usage, we’ll create a smarter energy strategy that meets your business objectives, from reducing costs to increasing efficiency to sustainability initiatives.

These smarter energy strategies can make a difference for your bottom line. Making a building more efficient—using less energy while maintaining necessary operations—can lower your operating costs. 

Consider the numbers: If you reduce energy use by 10 percent in a 100,000-square foot office that pays $2.50 per square foot for energy, you have the potential to save $25,000 in net operating income (NOI).

Buy less of what we sell for your properties

That’s the type of impact buying less of what we sell can have—making your business better—and that’s what Direct Energy Business wants to do for you. For more information please browse the helpful efficiency tips on this page, or if you have questions or would like to speak to a representative, please contact us today.



1. ENERGY STAR, “Commercial Real Estate: An Overview of Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Opportunities,” retrieved August 2015

2. Institute for Market Transformation, “Building Energy Performance Policy,” retrieved August 2015

3. Institute for Market Transformation and Appraisal Institute, “Green Building and Property Value: A Primer for Building Owners and Developers,” 2013



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