The growing market segment of online applications which let you better manage your energy patterns, such as Microsoft Hohm, is one which consumers are just beginning to discover. This leaves plenty of room for smaller players, such as Good Steward Software, to get in on a piece of action around educating the public. The developer recently announced it had updated its offering, GreenQuest, to include Energy Star information.
Good Steward said its GreenQuest online application, more focused towards commercial buildings, lets owners of these structures submit “commercial building energy usage data to the EPA’s Portfolio Manager,” which in turn then “assigns a building energy rating and returns the rating to GreenQuest” for quicker recognition of its Energy Star rating. This is useful for increasing “a building’s resale and lease value,” among other things.
GreenQuest, for the more average consumer user, lets them use information off of their energy bills to track their energy activities. It combines for data purposes and analysis “energy spending, weather data, greenhouse gas emissions and energy use” to help one better understand things like potential future energy usage and how current energy usage is impacting the environment.