Energy and Water Audits
Energy audits are sometimes referred to as energy surveys, energy analysis, or energy evaluations. The goal of an audit is to understand how energy is being used and possibly wasted.
The information gathered in an energy audit can be used to reduce waste and identify opportunities to save energy. These opportunities can be technology based, such as LED lights, or the introduction of new operating techniques that could substantially reduce energy costs, such as shifting the operation of energy intensive equipment to off-peak hours.
The audit report includes an economic analysis on the identified alternatives to determine what is cost effective for your industry or business.
The energy audit process starts with an examination of historical energy data from your facility gathered through your utility bills. Two to three years of data is recommended, as well as some descriptive information of your facility such as the number of employees, the size of the facility, and the equipment you use. The types of equipment your facility uses will help an auditor determine the special measuring equipment they need to bring.
After the preliminary audit and information analysis an auditor will visit your facility to take measurements and perform interviews to identify possible sources of waste and other opportunities to save energy and water.
Finally, the auditor will take all of the information gathered and generate a report using that information to recommend equipment and process changes that can save money, calculate the financial opportunities available, and present the report to management.