An energy audit is a process that identifies how much energy a building or facility uses and recommends ways to improve energy efficiency.
Energy audits can be performed by trained energy auditors using specialized equipment. The audit report will identify areas where energy efficiency can be improved and provide cost-saving recommendations.
An energy audit is a four-step process that includes the phases of planning, investigating, Implementing the recommendations, and Monitoring and reporting on results. Thorough planning and careful action increase the chances of a successful energy audit with a maximum return on investment
Step 1: Planning
The planning phase of an energy audit is essential for the success of the project. During this phase, auditors will assess the goals and objectives of the business and develop a plan to achieve those goals. They will also collect data on the current energy use of the business and create a baseline against which to measure future savings.
Step 2: Investigating
During the investigation phase, auditors will collect data on the energy use of the business and identify potential areas for improvement. Energy audit results will be compared to the average energy use of similar businesses and potential areas for improvement will be highlighted.
The report will recommend specific measures that can be implemented to reduce energy use and costs, and includes an estimated payback period for each measure. An action plan and timeline will also be provided to assist the business in implementing the recommended measures.
Step 3: Implementing the recommendations
When your report is complete, you will be able to select specific measures to implement. The Power Secret team can assist with the implementation process if required.
Step 4: Monitoring and reporting on results
At the completion of a project, thePower Secret team can provide a final report to show the impacts of the measures implemented. This report can also be used to demonstrate compliance with emissions trading schemes or energy performance contracts.
Benefits of conducting an energy audit
The benefits of conducting an energy audit are:
1. Identify opportunities to save money on energy bills
2. Improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
3. Assist businesses to comply with energy efficiency obligations under the National Energy Retail Law
4. Enhance the reputation of the business as being environmentally responsible
5. Improve the comfort of staff and customers
6. Reduce the risk of power outages
7. Improve the reliability and lifespan of equipment