How to complete an energy audit for your business
If you’ve checked your energy bill over the last few months, you’ll know that the price of energy is at an all-time high. To combat this, businesses have turned to reducing their energy consumption to save them money.
Before you can start implementing energy saving methods, it’s best to complete an energy audit so you know exactly what steps you need to take. But where do you start? Here’s Flame Energy’s steps to complete a successful energy audit.
Step One: Gather data on your usage
The first step for completing a business energy audit is to gather all the data on your business’ current usage. Take a look at your energy bills from the last 12 months and record the amount of energy you’ve used every month. If you have a smart meter installed, this will tell you exactly how much you’re using. By doing this, you’ll be able to get a clear view of what you’re using, giving you a better picture of where you’re starting from.
Step Two: Identify any patterns
Once you’ve gathered all the data you need regarding your consumption, the next step is to identify patterns in the data. Maybe there’s a spike in usage at certain points of the day or month? You’ll need to consider other factors that might be impacting your consumption. This could be anything from changes in weather to varied production levels.
Step Three: Conduct a walk through audit
The third step involves physically inspecting every area of your business’ sites to see exactly where you’re wasting energy. You’ll need to investigate every nook and cranny of your business. Look for things like air leaks, inefficient lighting, and outdated equipment as these could all be the culprit of wasted energy on your site. You could even look into your insulation and ventilation to see if an improved system could reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your building.
Step Four: Analyse your equipment
The next step in the process of completing an energy audit is to analyse each piece of equipment on your site. You’ll need to be a bit critical here. Is your equipment old? This might mean it takes more energy to run than newer models. Is your lighting LED? If not, it could be costing more to have them running. Do they automatically switch off? If not, they could be on when they don’t need to be. Cooling systems and heating need to be considered too as well as insulation and windows. These could all be reasons why your building is wasting energy.
Step Five: Identify energy saving opportunities
Once you’ve got the full picture of your usage and all the equipment you have on site, the next step is to identify all the ways you could be saving energy. Make a list of all the possible improvements that could be made to your site. Think about switching to LED lights, newer equipment or installing new insulation or solar panels. Our advisor can help you to figure out the best solution for your business. Once you’ve thought of improvements you can make, it’s time to prioritise. Consider which methods you want to implement first, looking at return on investment and the potential funding and rebates available.
Step Six: Develop your energy saving plan
Once you’ve identified all the changes you want to make, it’s time to develop your plan of action. Come up with a detailed list of improvements you want to make, and the timeline and budget involved. You’ll need to consider the potential impact that your improvements may have on the business. For example, changing to new equipment or installing insulation or solar panels, might cause some disruption to your business operations.
Step Seven: Implement the plan
The last step for completing an energy audit is to implement the changes you want to make. Once you’ve done this, it’s important that you’re still tracking your usage afterwards. Otherwise, you’ll never know if implementing these improvements has caused the desired effect on your energy consumption and bills. By doing this, you’ll be able to clearly see whether completing your energy audit has reduced your consumption and bills.
Is your business looking for ways to reduce its consumption and energy bills? Our team of experts can help your business to complete an energy audit, advising you on the different ways you can cut your usage and energy bills. They can even advise on switching to renewables to cut your consumption and carbon footprint. Contact one of our experts today to find out more.
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