Also referred to as an energy audit, energy assessments are a terrific way to get a complete picture of your current energy consumption and where you can make improvements.
We've provided a slideshow that walks you through a typical assessment. Use the arrows above the image to scroll through and read along with the text below to follow along.
The assessment begins with a preliminary discussion to go over the process, gather additional information, set goals and expectations, and answer questions.
Hot water heaters can consume a great deal of energy. The consultant looks closely at the boiler and water tank, noting both how efficient and how well-maintained the equipment is.
Digital thermometers measure small variations in temperature within a room and can help determine the efficiency of HVAC equipment, as well as find leaks.
A light meter can indicate whether a specific area is receiving the right amount of light for its intended use. Many businesses waste energy by providing more light in certain areas than is required.
A high-sensitivity digital thermometer can detect localized variations in temperature, indicating possible leaks in HVAC equipment.
Opportunities to save energy can come from a variety of different places, including refrigeration equipment.
Insulation is another critical component of energy efficiency. The consultant checks attics and basements, where insufficient insulation often results in wasted energy.
Heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is a major component of any building’s energy use. The consultant checks furnaces, air conditioners and ducts for possible upgrades or repairs that would improve efficiency.
Many clients can save money on their water heating by taking simple steps, such as lowering the temperature setting to 120° F and insulating hot-water pipes.
A professional energy consultant examines every aspect of your business and facility, collects data about energy usage, and makes recommendations for improvements.