Who can an energy audit help?
As a business owner you understand that saving money on your energy cost can help your bottom line. You have probably heard about energy audits and wondered what is involved, how much you could save, and most important how much it will cost you?
First of all, what is an energy audit? An energy audit is an in-depth analysis of your company’s operation. It includes your buildings, equipment, work schedules, energy rates: anything that affects your energy cost.
Obviously, some companies will benefit more from an energy audit than others. The first thing you need to look at is your energy spending. How much are you spending monthly for all your utilities (include your electricity, oil, gas, coal, etc…)? If you spend under $1000 dollars per month on average it probably won’t be worth the cost of hiring an energy auditor. That’s not to say there aren’t things you can do to maximize your savings. We will go over some the little things you can do yourself to save money later in the article.
If you spend $1000 – $10,000 per month self-walk-through audit that doesn’t require an auditor to come out to your company is a good way to get an idea of your potential savings. It will highlight the major energy wasters, what you can do to improve them, and how much investment will be required. You collect the data and send it to an auditor who can show you several low or no cost things you can do to save energy. They can point out equipment that needs to be maintained or replaced and show you how long it will take to recoup your investment. Keep in mind the analysis is only as good as the data you provide and will not be as good as having a professional auditor come to your site and collect the data himself. But it will give you a good idea of your potential energy saving opportunities for a fraction of the price.
If your company spends over $10,000 per month, has heavy machinery, or multiple facilities you will probably be better off hiring a professional auditor to come out and do a full assessment of you company. This will cost anywhere from $5000 to $25000 or more depending on the size of your business and length of time the auditor will need to be on site.
Who should pass and just do it themselves? Small companies with little or no equipment, especially if the building is less than 5 years old. Small commercial buildings that spend little on their energy.
So who benefits most from an energy audit? Small to large manufacturing facilities that spend more than $1000 per month on their energy bills, especially in older facilities. Also, large commercial buildings that spend more than $1000 per month on energy.
Here are some energy savings tips anyone can do themselves to save energy:
- Get a programmable thermostat. You have probably heard this before and may have one in your own home but didn’t think about it for your business. A programmable thermostat cost around $100, is easy to install, and can save you 20-30% on your heating and cooling bill.
- Replace old incandescent signs with LED signs. LED signs use less energy and last 50 times longer.
- Install motion sensors that automatically turn lights on/off in areas that aren’t used for long periods of time ex. Bathrooms, conference room, break room.
- Turn off computers, monitors, printers, etc…during non-working hours this not only saves electricity these items put off a lot of heat which increase your cooling cost.
- When it’s time to upgrade computers consider laptops instead of desk tops. According to E-source laptops save 80-90% of electricity cost.
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