1. Gas and Electrical Bill Analysis
The energy Audit should include a review of the energy Billings, it is important for the Auditor to review with the office manager or similar to ascertain a picture of how the business uses energy, what Energy Usage is of a critical nature (e.g. manufacturing Machinery) and what energy usage is of a flexible nature (administration, Air conditioning, Lighting)
2. Building Description.
The Auditor need to know what the usage of the building is in line with how your business uses energy, for instance, storage, vacant areas, board rooms, high people volume rooms, server rooms and so for, all use energy for differing purposes at differing times,
3. Schematics of Systems
The more accurate the information the Auditor has the better the results and outcomes will be
4. List of Energy Conservation recommendations
This list is based upon the data form the points 1,2,3 above and the Energy Auditor’s investigations. The Recommendations need to consider all the above so as to assist your to reach your energy Conservation Goals. The recommendations should include a strategy with a time line and costing. This will assist to bring budgets in line with strategic sustainability planning. They work together not apart to deliver outcomes which put results into profits
Every Site is different, every business is different and every sustainability Plan is different. The decision should be based upon a consultation to evaluate expectations, goals and long term objectives of all relevant stakeholders.
They two activities are mutually exclusive, one is an assessment based upon the
Office of Environment and Heritage NABERS Validation protocols, which produces a rating number against the facility’s peers, while the Energy Audit is an investigation to find methods to reduce energy consumption with out adversely affecting business or Facility Operations.
Given a complete and effective Energy Audit, the results must have a beneficial effect for the NABERS rating of the same facility as the Facility would now be using less energy to obtain the same results.
Energy Audits will provide data for consideration into Energy Conservation Improvements, they are an excellent place to start with strategic planning and an excellent measure for qualifying the improvements already implemented.
How do we know you are getting value from an energy audit?
An energy audit is the logical first step in to:
1. Reduce your Gas and Electric costs
2. Reduce your carbon footprint
3. Justify capital expenditures for strategic Assets and Maintenance
How do we know an Energy Audit will truly help you achieve your goals, and how do we know which Energy Audit to choose, Energy Audit Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. What is the Relationship between and Energy Audit and a Nabers Assessment?
Consider the following Points of Reference:
Australian Standards AS/NZS 3598:2000
An Energy Audit investigates, as thoroughly as practical, where your energy resources are being spent and to high light where energy waste is, that is, reduce your Energy costs by introducing current technologies or strategies. The recommendations are there to reduce your energy resource costs and maintain productivity and indoor environmental conditions for your business. The audit will recommend practical solutions which will reduce costs, yet maintain the business operations status quo. To deliver a recommendation of turning the lights off will save your money, but will not make you money, the Audit recommendations strives to balance Business Operations with the least amount of energy expenditure as practical.