There are three things every business owner needs to know when comparing multiple energy audits, their current fixture specs, the local utility rate, and their operating hours. I call these “The Big Three”, and they are crucial items not to be overlooked during any energy audit. The goal of an energy audit is to provide an end-user with actual data that represents the energy savings one can achieve when they upgrade the efficiency of their facility. However, if the energy auditor doesn’t pay enough attention to “The Big Three” the results can be devastating.
Each item is a variable and when altered, they will have a direct impact on the end result of an energy audit. Unfortunately I’ve personally seen audits where one or more of “The Big Three” have been incorrect, I’m not sure if it was for personal gain or just lack of experience. Either way, this is the reason why your energy auditor should be a certified energy auditor (CEA) and a very detail oriented kind of person. I will elaborate on each of these variables to give you a better understanding on the importance of them and to show you how to make sure you get the most thorough audit available.