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What is a Business Energy Audit?

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Many businesses are struggling to decrease their energy use and are looking for ways to cut costs. An energy audit is one of the best ways to evaluate your current energy use and determine how to reduce it – and your energy expenses. But what is an energy audit and do you have to hire an expert to uncover inefficiencies and savings?

What is a business energy audit?

During an audit, an energy professional analyzes energy use throughout your business and identifies opportunities and gaps. Often, you’ll learn how much energy different areas use and receive a list of ways to decrease consumption. Improvements can include purchasing or repairing equipment, implementing new business policies and changing behavior.

What do auditors look for?

Commercial energy auditors focus on key areas of interest, including:

  • Indoor and outdoor lighting systems

  • Electronics including computers, printers and other office equipment

  • HVAC systems and their controls, including duct work

  • Compressed air systems 

  • Walls, doors, windows and insulation

  • Electric motors and industry-specific machinery

  • Appliances such as industry-grade refrigerators, freezers, stovetops, ovens, and dishwashers

  • Elevators

  • Hot water systems

What will be included in the audit report?

After your energy audit, you'll have the insight to decide which priorities can give you the best return on investment. The report should answer these key questions:

  • How is energy being used throughout your business? 

  • Which places are already efficient? 

  • Which places have opportunities for greater efficiency?

  • What repairs could be made to improve energy efficiency?

  • What changes in operations, policies and procedures will improve energy usage?

Professional auditors are savvy about facilities and energy consumption and are familiar with the myriad of options for solving energy efficiency problems. But that expertise can come at a price tag and potentially disrupt your operations for a day or more.

How can I improve energy efficiency without hiring a professional auditor? 

Depending on the size, budget and daily operation of your business, you may not want to hire a professional auditor. You may want to perform a DIY, or Do-It-Yourself, energy audit.

To conduct a DIY Audit, you or an employee will complete a walkthrough by following a guide. You can complete your audit at a time that’s convenient for the business – and do it without any upfront costs. By taking note of findings, you’ll be able to formulate a list of priorities that can help reduce energy expenses. 

If you prefer the do-it-yourself route, give our new DIY Energy Audit a try. This interactive site will help you discover energy waste and offer instructive how-to videos for fixing these areas. It’s an easy first step that can help you save money without spending a dime.

Start my DIY Energy Audit


Posted: April 16, 2018