Energy Audits Drive Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

The basic goal of energy management is to help provide goods and services with the least cost and environmental effect. BCS Performance Solutions helps businesses with energy optimization, which relies on using advanced systems and procedures to reduce and control energy consumption while maintaining comfort.

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What are Energy Audits?

Energy audits use a systematic approach for reviewing processes, documentation and decision-making. When these systems are initially set up, they often rely on qualitative data, cost-benefit analyses, industrial energy tools and technical report with recommendations to create the best solutions. Most energy management, building automation, temperature control and facility management systems benefit from energy audits. Energy audits help translate conservation concepts into tangible systems and realities by leveraging feasible and economic solutions.

Why Businesses Need for Energy Audits?

Almost all industries continually struggle to reduce the top three operating expenses: labor, materials and energy. The latter offers the best cost manageability and potential cost savings. Energy audits help business leaders identify waste, redundancies and inefficiencies. They are sometimes integrated into environmental management systems (EMS), preventive maintenance programs and facility management planning.  Audits help internal stakeholders stay focused on the variations that occur in energy cost, availability and supply reliability and conservation strategies.

Energy Audit Types

The type of energy audit that your organization may need depends on the industry, function, required depth and cost reduction desired. Preliminary energy audits are an easy way to establish goals, estimate cost savings, benchmark energy consumption and identify the easiest improvements and low-cost savings opportunities. Preliminary energy audits use existing internal or easily obtained external data. Comprehensive audits evaluate all major equipment, energy systems and business processes, so they offer the most detailed cost saving calculations and energy balance recommendations.

What are the Stages of an Energy Audit?

The pre-audit stage may involve informal interviews with production, operations or facility managers. There may be a brief meeting to raise awareness with all management personnel regarding the goals and process. This may involve resource planning, data collection and departmental questionnaires.  The audit stage will likely use first-hand monitoring, interviews and walk-throughs. This may involve trial experiments, process flow charts, historical data analysis and energy consumption patterns. The post-audit stage will involve a report presentation to top management with action plans and recommendations.

The key to energy efficiency and corporate sustainability is through better energy management. One of BCS Performance Solutions top tools is energy audits that minimize energy costs and negative environmental effects.

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