Finding ways to increase energy efficiency and to lower utility bills has become a priority for a growing number of facility managers, businesses and commercial property owners. While efforts to curb energy usage can often have quite an impact, lacking the experience, understanding and insight needed to make effective decisions can be a major obstacle. Learning to differentiate between energy audits and energy management efforts can make it much easier to create and maintain a more sustainable business or to run a more energy-efficient facility.
An energy audit is a comprehensive assessment that is used to determine specific energy needs and to identify potential areas of improvement. A typical audit may involve:
- Inspecting plumbing, pipes and fixtures
- Assessing lighting, appliances and electrical devices
- Establishing performance benchmarks for HVAC equipment and climate control systems
Energy management refers to any ongoing efforts that may help to curb consumption or to boost energy efficiency over the long-term. Performing an audit is often an essential initial step, one that helps to ensure energy management efforts may be directed to greater effect.
Creating a More Energy-Efficient Facility
From lowering overhead costs to minimizing the impact that a facility or operation may be having on the natural environment, there are many advantages to maintaining a more sustainable building, operation or workplace environment. Few property owners or facility managers possess the tools, experience and other resources that may be required to conduct an energy audit. Contracting with a professional provides a more convenient way to assess the current state of a building or to identify the renovations, additions and upgrades able to provide a superior return of investment.
Even formulating an energy management strategy can be a challenging undertaking for those who lack experience. Seeking professional assistance may allow business and property owners to learn more about their options, find appliances and equipment that will be better suited to their needs or to invest in the other resources and opportunities that can make a difference. From the initial audit and equipment installation to ongoing maintenance and the periodic assessments that may be required to fine-tune energy-management efforts, professional services are often a key asset.
Relying solely on the talents and expertise of your in-house staff could prove to be a costly misstep, one that will find your operation overlooking any number of potential opportunities, resources and solutions. If you are ready to start saving energy, call us today and learn how we can help at 408-295-2182.