Basics and Benefits of Commercial Energy Audits, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics and potential benefits of commercial energy audits to businesses. Commercial energy audits involve a professional electrician or related auditor assessing your building’s energy usage and costs, determining if there are areas where you can limit your costs or become more efficient to save money and potentially bring about several other direct benefits.

At Orange Electric, our commercial electrical contractors are happy to offer a wide variety of services to a variety of Utah businesses, including energy audits and help with resulting tweaks you want to make to help limit energy costs. In today’s part two, we’ll go over several specific benefits a commercial energy audit can bring to your business.

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Cost Savings

The first and largest benefit here for many business owners is the cost savings commonly associated with a commercial energy audit. Particularly for businesses who have had no such audit or examination of their electric and other energy costs in many years, owners and managers are often shocked at how inefficient their electrical system and output are – and how much they can save by just making a few basic tweaks based on our recommendations.

In fact, the average commercial building today wastes about 30% of all its energy dollars. This means you can achieve huge savings if you identify inefficient areas and work to improve them.

Employee Health, Safety and Comfort

Another major benefit of a commercial energy audit is the way it often identifies potentially dangerous issues within the electrical system. This is especially true in older office buildings, which often contain health or safety hazards like carbon monoxide leaks, radon leaks, poorly-vented combustion equipment or several other potential issues that could risk employee safety and even create liability concerns. An auditor will pick up on these issues and suggest remedies for them.

Environmental Benefits

You aren’t only benefitting your business and its employees by conducting a commercial energy audit – you’re also helping the environment. By reducing energy usage and finding more efficient ways to maximize your output, you help limit your carbon footprint and help build toward a better future.

Incentives

Finally, there are many cases where various rebates and tax credits could be available toward your commercial energy audit. Such incentives may come from the US Small Business Administration or from several other groups involved with natural resource conservations, which you’re helping achieve when you perform such an audit and move forward with the auditor’s recommendations on becoming more energy-efficient.

For more on commercial energy audits or any of our related electrical contractor services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Basics and Benefits of Commercial Energy Audits, Part 1

If you’re the owner, building manager or any other kind of management figure within a commercial building or facility of any kind, keeping operating costs within manageable ranges is generally a top priority. There are several areas to keep a close eye on within this realm, and one key such area is the amount of energy your building is using and the resulting costs that come from this energy usage.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer a variety of certified commercial electrician services to businesses throughout Utah. We assist commercial building managers with everything from understanding their basic electric and energy needs and costs up to emergency response and build-outs of new electrical systems when needed. One service we’re happy to perform is called by several names throughout the industry, but one of the most common is known as a commercial energy audit – this two-part blog will go over what this is, how it works and how your business stands to benefit in multiple ways from an energy audit.

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Businesses, Energy and Operating Expenses

As we noted above, business owners and managers are regularly concerned with limiting operating costs within reason. One of the single largest areas that makes up a commercial facility’s operating costs is its energy consumption, which can vary incredibly widely between business types – an office space with numerous computers, monitors and other electrical devices is likely to use more energy than, say, a massage parlor. In fact, an average of roughly one-third of all business operating costs can generally be traced back to energy consumption.

Commercial Energy Audit Basics

A commercial energy audit, then, is a process that allows building owners and managers a greater understanding of their energy consumption and whether it’s efficient. The audit involves a professional electrician evaluating how efficiently the building in question is using energy, allowing owners and managers to note areas that are not efficient and consider tweaks to them.

Energy Audit Process

The process of a commercial energy audit is simple:

  • A professional will come to your facility as scheduled.
  • The professional will look at numerous areas of energy consumption data, including utility bills, on-site survey areas, equipment performance and runtime, building conditions, operating schedules and any other relevant themes.
  • After reviewing each of the factors listed above, plus potentially others depending on your building, the auditor will present the results while also recommending various cost-effective solutions to maximize energy efficiency. They may identify certain areas that are using outsized amounts of energy and suggest tips for reducing this usage without impacting important areas of your business or valuable safety procedures.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over the numerous benefits commercial energy audits offer to your business. To learn more about this or any of the services offered by our commercial electrical contractors, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.