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There is a number of reasons to have an energy audit carried out.
It is important to keep operating expenses to a minimum. One difference between companies that weather these difficult times and those which do not survive, will be that the survivors will have already reduced their unnecessary expenditures.
Unnecessary costs include costs for energy you don't need to use.
In the past many companies have just considered utilities as a cost of running their business.
If you run an inefficient building, you are overpaying your on energy.
A good building energy audit will point the way to reduce your energy costs upto 40%.
For large organizations, this can be substantial, and could mean the difference between making a profit or a loss.
There are so many companies offering their energy efficient devices which are supposed to save energy and to be fair most of them do, however some don't. "Just because a device saves energy does not mean it is a good investment".
The table below lists energy conservation measures from an audit we recently performed on a large office. In this format our client is able to easily evaluate and prioritize the different energy efficiency opportunities.
We understand the argument that if your tenants are paying the utility bills, then there is no reason to invest money in making your building energy efficient. After all, you won't be reaping any energy savings.
Keep in mind that increasing the energy efficiency of your building will increase in value. If you have a "green" building, your tenants will be happy to pay higher rents to occupy your building.
On average for every pound spent in energy efficiency improvements, appraised building value increases several times.
An energy audit report is a carefully thought out plan, which, if followed, will lead your company to reduced energy costs. Every building is different, and each contains different opportunities which can reduce energy usage. This is why every different building requires its own unique energy audit.
During the energy audit, an energy auditor will visit your site and interview your facility manager, inspect your lighting, air conditioning, heating and ventilation equipment, controls, refrigeration, air compressors, water consuming equipment, and anything else that is using energy. Depending on the type of the audit, the auditor may take measurements of temperatures, pressures, light levels, power draw, and other things.
An energy audit report typically contains a description of the building's existing energy consuming equipment, an energy balance and most importantly, a presentation of feasible energy conservation measures (ECMs). Each of these measures are developed so that the report includes :
Some of the ECMs identified in the audit will take decades to pay for themselves, while others will start paying for themselves within months. Once you have the audit in hand, you can make good decisions as to where to invest your energy efficiency money.
Some of the sections of a Level 2 energy audit are presented below:
When talking about possible energy savings in a facility from performing an energy audit, it's impossible to make a reasonable estimate without understanding the fabric of the building and how the building operates and uses energy.
With that said, we've seen savings upwards of 40% on some facilities, with the average savings being around 10-20%. If the facility has already had energy audits in the past, and the identified measures were implemented, it's possible that the facility is already efficient, and in that case, there might be much less energy savings potential. If the facility has been in operation for many years without having had an energy audit, it's very possible that an energy audit can save you a significant amount of money.