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What to Expect from Your Energy Audit

Posted on January 26, 2017

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An energy audit offers insight in how your buildings are performing and the opportunities available for improvement. Before jumping into one, read below what to expect from a standard energy audit of a facility.

What to Expect from Your Energy Audit

Property owners can influence future energy usage by taking steps to improve the efficiency of their buildings. Before planning changes however, facility managers must benchmark their current energy use and determine the best next steps in order to be both thorough and effective. To establish realistic goals and appropriately estimate the economics and scope of retrofit projects, a facility manager should always begin with an energy audit. We define an energy audit as follows:

An energy audit is an initial analysis of all facility systems by an experienced energy conservation specialist.

Over the course of an hour or two, different components of the facility are examined and staff are interviewed to understand how the facility’s systems are being utilized.

Conducting an energy audit is the first step toward achieving increased energy and financial savings for your business. This is what you can expect:

  1. Initial Meeting: The energy firm conducting the audit will meet with the customer to talk about their specific goals and expectations for their building’s energy use.
  2. Collection of Building Data: An experienced energy engineer should then visit your site and examine all the energy-intensive elements of the building, such as lighting, HVAC, and mechanical systems. Throughout the process, the engineer will also interview the facility manager on site to get a better understanding of how the systems are working for the building. After collecting data, they will gather images and nameplate data of various equipment onsite where possible. The process is typically completed within an hour or two (depending on the size of the building, of course).
  3. Project Design: Once the information is gathered, the efficiency firm is able to develop a report with initial findings from the energy audit. At Fairbanks Energy, the team will compile the data into a scope of work that analyzes estimated costs versus savings and also understand how to best position the projects to maximize money from the state or local utility. From there, a project can then be specifically designed to meet the customer’s needs. Once the project design is presented to the customer for approval, in some cases efficiency firms might install samples of equipment in order for the customer to see the new equipment and gain a greater understanding of the savings that will be realized.
  4. Financing: Fairbanks Energy has the experience, knowledge, and resources to arrange both traditional and off-balance sheet financing of efficiency projects that meet client requirements and help ease the capital outlay required.

Fairbanks Energy has over 30 years of experience performing energy audits at commercial and industrial facilities across the country. We have built relationships with local utilities in order to qualify projects for the highest level of utility incentives. Schedule an energy audit today to gain insight into the energy and financial savings available to you.

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Topics: Energy, Energy Audit