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What is a commercial energy audit?

Every business needs to manage its energy spend. It’s one of the key areas of expenditure that every organisation must face. For a variety of reasons, energy consumption can be unpredictable and difficult to manage. Many businesses might understand the basics of what a commercial energy audit is – an evaluation of how energy efficient a commercial building is – but, what really goes into an energy audit? How can it benefit the company? And how can the information obtained from the audit be used practically?

An energy audit is one of the first steps you can take to make your business more energy efficient. The key goals of an energy audit are:

  • To identify opportunities for saving energy.
  • Increase asset values.
  • Lower ownership costs.
  • Promote environmental stewardship.
  • Improve employee comfort levels.
  • Improve health and safety.

This is done by taking a comprehensive look at the energy and resource consuming infrastructures, as well as the energy consumption data associated with the commercial building, to identify fiscally responsible, sustainable energy efficiency measures that reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.

What happens during an on-site energy audit?

So where do you begin? To identify where you could make substantial savings, the best place to start is with a professional energy audit from Next Controls. Our qualified assessors will look closely at every aspect of your energy consumption and suggest specific achievable solutions to reduce your energy expenditure and carbon emissions.

Over the course of an audit, we develop a full understanding of the specific challenges faced by your business, analysing building construction, occupancy metrics and looking closely at the way energy is consumed. 

The results are detailed and complete with estimated costs, potential savings (in terms of energy, CO2 emissions and money) and projected payback periods. We also apply data analytics to validate the projected savings, helping to build your commercial case for change.

Next Controls offer a range of services for tailored solutions. Every organisation is unique. To understand yours, we offer a range of services to analyse everything that has an impact on your organisation’s energy consumption. The goal is to identify ways that less energy can be used without affecting the building environment and workplace wellbeing. Highlighting solutions that deliver significant energy savings.

How to carry out your own energy audit

Identify energy deficiencies and efficiencies

If you’re fairly new to the world of energy efficiency and are just looking to gain a basic understanding of how your business is using energy, you can perform an introductory audit yourself. It might not be as thorough as the experts, but it will leave you with a good base to begin your cost and energy saving in the future.

Initially, you will want to identify the best time of year to focus your attention. This can be down by drawing data from your previous bills about the cost per quarter; this will help you identify the months that are most expensive (this tends to be winter).

The next step is to identify reasons for high energy usage and begin to plan how to reduce this. Two easy start-points are more efficient lighting and insulation.

Compile an energy-saving checklist

If you’ve decided to go down the self-led audit route, you need to include tangible gains throughout your business. Building a solid checklist of where you can make savings will give you a chance to break down usage between rooms, premises and departments, meaning you can form a manageable plan based on:

  • Lighting.
  • Heating.
  • Cooling and ventilation.
  • Equipment on site.
  • Gas, electricity & water use.

Once you’ve done this, you can start to dig deeper into your businesses habits, and why levels might be where they are. Can you change lighting appliances to reduce cost? Are you losing heat through windows that could be upgraded to reduce heat-loss? These are all questions that your audit should raise.

Self audits can be a great way to get the ball rolling with energy efficiency, but the next step is get a professional commercial audit with Next Controls. To organise this, or just find out more about the process, get in touch.

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