If you are looking to reduce your energy costs and output, consider scheduling an energy audit for your commercial space. This thorough assessment is performed by a highly trained energy auditor and is the first step in reducing your energy costs. While the auditor is the one who conducts the audit, they will need some information from you so they can be as accurate as possible in their findings. To be sure that you get the most out of your energy audit, take a look at these tips so that you are fully prepared.
Gather copies of energy bills from the last year for heating, cooling, and electricity. If you don’t have them on hand, you can easily request copies from your utility providers. This will let the auditor know the amount of fuel used throughout that time frame.
Over time you may have created a running list of existing problems in your head, but it is helpful to write them all down on paper. You will want to be able to discuss them with your auditor and not accidentally leave anything out. Some of these issues might include rooms that have a draft, visible condensation, mold or mildew, odors, dampness, or even pest problems like ants or mice.
There may be areas the auditor needs to inspect that aren’t easily accessible without the help of you or someone who works in the building. This might include crawl spaces, attics, or the electric panels and heating/cooling systems. Being with the auditor during the walk-through may also be an excellent time for you to ask any questions that might arise. You will also be present to provide information or answer any questions the auditor might have.
Learning how your commercial space uses energy is an essential first step toward lowering your monthly costs and conserving energy. Depending on the building size, certified energy auditors typically charge hundreds and even thousands of dollars to perform an energy audit. EnergyLink is one of the few commercial energy service companies that provides comprehensive energy audits at no cost. If you are interested in scheduling an energy audit for your commercial space, click here to talk with one of our experts.
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