What Is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is key to developing an energy management program. Although energy audits have various degrees of complexity and can vary widely from one organization to another, every audit typically involves
- data collection and review
- plant surveys and system measurements
- observation and review of operating practices
- data analysis
In short, the audit is designed to determine where, when, why and how energy is being used. This information can then be used to identify opportunities to improve efficiency, decrease energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Energy audits can also verify the effectiveness of energy management opportunities (EMOs) after they have been implemented.
Although energy audits are often carried out by external consultants, there is a great deal that can be done using internal resources. This guide, which has been developed by Natural Resources Canada, presents a practical, user-friendly method of undertaking energy audits in industrial facilities so that even small enterprises can incorporate auditing into their overall energy management strategies.
To assist your industrial organization in assessing its energy use and identifying energy-savings opportunities, NRCan has developed the Energy Savings Toolbox – An Energy Audit Manual and Tool. (PDF format)
The Energy Savings Toolbox serves as a guide for self-audits and contains Excel spreadsheets (ZIP format), forms, checklists and templates that will help you collect and analyze energy information.
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