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Commercial Energy Audit: What to Expect



These days it is more important than ever for businesses to learn new ways to cut corners. Your business must figure out ways to keep your operating expenses down. The primary difference between companies capable of weathering the difficult storms and those unable to overcome them is that the survivors know how to reduce their operating costs without sacrificing their profit. If you are interested in learning new ways to maintain your company’s profits, you should consider having a commercial energy audit.

Why Businesses Need to Audit Energy Services

There are several reasons why, as a business owner, you should consider an energy audit. This process is the best way to determine which are the best energy-efficient processes and which simply do not work. For instance, some commercial buildings would benefit from having triple-pane windows installed because they will help hold more heat during the winter. But some buildings would end up with higher energy costs because the windows would increase their energy usage. Having an energy audit conducted can help you better understand which energy conservation measures will work best for your retail business or office building.


Performing an Energy Audit Can Help to Increase Your Building’s Worth

After an energy audit, when you have made the necessary changes to make your company more energy-efficient and eco-friendly, you will help make your building more valuable. By increasing the building’s energy efficiency, you help make it more green. Every dollar you spend to make your building green will help improve the appraisal value multiple times.


What to Expect During Commercial Energy Audits

Here is a breakdown of the most common practices that take place during an energy audit.


Review of Past Utility Bills

At the beginning of the process, the auditor will collect the building’s past utility bills to determine their overall energy consumption.


Examine Existing Assets

The auditor or their team will collect data on-site by performing the energy audit. During this time, they will determine the company’s potential solutions that will maximize their energy savings. The auditor will inspect various elements such as your HVAC system, your lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration systems, water consuming equipment, controls, and air compressors, as well as any other equipment on the premises that uses electricity. Depending on the type of audit being conducted, the auditor may also take measurements of pressure light levels, power draw, temperatures, and other similar factors.


Overview of Thermal Boundaries

The auditor will take a closer look at the building’s windows, insulation, and roof. They will determine if any seals need to be replaced to ensure no air leaks from the facility. Providing proper insulation throughout the building is the key to cutting down on heating and cooling costs.


Check on All Mechanical Systems

The auditor will check the HVAC units, hot water heaters, boilers, chillers, and any other related equipment in the building. They will determine the current state of the equipment, its age, and overall life expectancy.


Provide Economic Solutions for Energy Efficiency

The report your company receives following an energy audit is a carefully formed plan that, if followed correctly, will direct your company toward more reduced energy costs. Every commercial building is different, and therefore every energy audit will provide different results. That’s why each building needs to have its own energy audit.


Energy Auditing from Sector 7 Energy

At Sector 7 Energy, we are a full-service energy consulting firm. Whether you need competitive pricing for your next electricity contract or require an audit for your company’s utility invoices, we are here to help. Try out our services and see how much we can help your business save money. Contact us today for more details.


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