An energy audit is a thorough inspection and assessment of energy
A usage in a commercial building to determine the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs. It can consist of a single process or system designed to reduce the level of energy consumption by reducing energy input without negatively impacting output. The resulting data is then used to determine what changes need to be made in the structure of the facility as a whole or in specific locations. An energy audit will provide the commercial facility owner with direct feedback as to the effectiveness of their facility’s energy management program.
One of the most common areas where an energy audit will be performed is found in the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems. These systems directly influence the energy consumption, as well as the level of electricity generated within the facility. When these systems are found to be inefficient or to be leaking, they can result in expensive damages that will take a large amount of time and money to repair. A qualified professional will conduct a complete and detailed review of these areas, as well as those of the plumbing and utility systems.
reducing the amount of electricity and gas
During the process of the energy audit, the professional will identify leaks, inefficient heat transfer mechanisms, and faulty or outdated insulation. The results of this review will help the owner to pinpoint areas where they can make a difference in reducing their energy consumption. By reducing the amount of electricity and gas that are wasted through leaks and inefficient HVAC equipment, commercial facility owners can expect to see their utility bills reduce significantly. Many commercial structures are now offering automation technology to assist in reducing the amount of electricity and gas that are wasted during operations.
A portion of the energy audit will focus on identifying other areas in the facility where improvements can be made. Among these areas could include improvements that may include replacing outdated or worn HVAC units, or adding new or improved insulation. Improvements to the plumbing and electrical systems may also be recommended, especially if these systems are not found to be efficient or to be leaking. Installing new windows and doors, along with adding new locks and weather stripping may also be suggested.
implement certain energy saving techniques
After the energy audit has been conducted and suggestions have been identified for improvement, it is important to work closely with the audited professional. He/she will be able to identify specific areas that may require additional attention and testing. When conducting the review, it is important to review and follow the recommendations that are laid out by the energy audit report. In addition to following the recommendations, it may also be beneficial to increase the efficiency of the HVAC systems, and to implement energy saving techniques throughout the commercial structure. Many commercial buildings may need to implement certain energy saving techniques on a year-round basis in order to effectively reduce their energy consumption and their overall energy bill.
During an energy audit, it will be important for the building to be shut down, and any possible leaks located. The purpose of an audit is to locate any leaks or other flaws that could potentially allow unauthorised entry of heat or cold air into the building’s interior. It is also important for the professional to inspect any equipment that uses a sealed energy source and to advise the building owner as to whether this sealed energy source can be re-sealed. If it can be re-sealed, the professional may suggest a replacement, free of charge.