Having an energy audit done on your building or whole organization is an essential part of any energy management program.
Having an energy audit done on your building or whole organization is an essential part of any energy management program. An energy audit is a process of finding out where, when and how energy is being used in your organization. Although energy audits have various degrees of complexity and can vary widely from one organization to another, they are all designed to:
- Help you understand energy use and costs in your organization
- Identify opportunities to improve your energy efficiency
- Verify the effectiveness of initiatives once they have been implemented
Energy audits are often carried out by external consultants, but there's also a great deal that can be done using internal resources. You can conduct an audit yourself or prepare for working with an outside consultant.
The takeCHARGE initiative, which is run jointly by Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, offers a custom program for businesses to help identify and pay for energy efficiency improvements. Examples of improvements include upgrading heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, as well as lighting systems and controls. Some product rebates are also available. For more information, visit the takeCHARGE website.
Natural Resources Canada has developed the Energy Audit Manual and Tool to help you get started. It includes background information on energy audits as well as a step-by-step guide to prepare an energy audit for your organization.