With the carbon tax looming in Australia I believe energy use is going to be a key issue for most businesses moving forward. It prompted me to get some more information out there about why we need to audit energy, what an audit involves and the best way to conduct an audit.
What is an energy audit?
According to the Australian Standard for energy audits (AS 3598:2000) the energy audit aims to identify opportunities for cost-effective investments to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the use of energy.
There are 3 levels of audit;
Level 1: Gives an overview and allows the overall energy consumption of the site to be evaluated.
Level 2: Identifies the sources of energy at the site, the amount of energy supplied and what the energy is used for as well as where savings may be made.
Level 3: Provides detailed analysis of energy usage, the savings that can be made and the cost of achieving those savings.
Why do an energy audit?
Effective energy management increases profitability. In fact it does more than reduce costs; it can drive the whole business to improved performance through its effect on production, operations, maintenance and environmental issues.
How best to conduct an audit?
Energy audits and energy savings opportunities identified in audits are best implemented in the context of an energy management program which operates as an integral part of the ongoing management activities of an organisation.
In summary, I can’t stress enough the importance of having an energy management program/system (like ISO50001) to really get the most out of an energy audit and the opportunities that are identified.
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