An energy audit is a wise move before making any major investment in new equipment or just to cut costs and do your part to conserve dwindling energy resources. Audits can save money and, in many, cases can be done for free. An audit can be as simple as analyzing utility bills or looking at the efficiencies of specific equipment to potentially replace it with something newer, leaner and greener.
An audit will you enable to:
- Understand your pattern of energy use.
- Determine if you're running the most energy efficient equipment.
- Evaluate older equipment you're considering replacing. The results of an energy audit may be the final straw.
Talk to your power companyBelieve it or not, many utility companies provide energy audits for free.
Ask your UncleSome small manufacturing businesses qualify for a free audit from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Power down with softwareSoftware can also help you keep track of and analyze utilities expenses.
Call in the prosEnergy consultants audit your business and provide advice on how to cut costs, including advice on buying and installing equipment.
- If you rent, your landlord also has an interest in having the plant run as efficiently as possible and may help pay for the audit and possibly even help with the cost of installing greener equipment.
- Check with your state about rebates. Some states, including California, offer rebates for installing energy-efficient equipment. An audit is the first step.
- If your plant consists of a small space (an office or shop) without complicated equipment such as freezers or machinery, you can perform a simple energy "audit" by analyzing your bills for spikes that may have been due to something as simple as leaving the thermostat up too high.