Office Energy Audit Checklist
Posted by: Anna | 07/11/2017 at 09:30 AM
Performing a systematic audit of your office’s energy use can save your company a significant amount of money. An audit will help you learn where your current energy dollars are going, how you rank against other buildings of similar size, what low or no-cost improvements you can make to reduce your bill, and what investments your company can make to save even more money. In fact, a good energy audit can reduce your energy spend by up to 40 percent if implemented correctly.
Roadmap for a Full Energy Audit
Here are the steps to a full commercial energy audit:
- Calculate energy usage per square foot. Compare this to similar buildings where possible.
- Do a detailed analysis and breakdown of usage and saving areas.
- Estimate energy costs and rough savings expectations from reducing energy costs. Also, identify what projects may require significant capital expenditures.
ASHRAE audits that come in three levels. Level One is a thorough walkthrough of the building, while Level Three is much more in-depth. These audits investigate and quantify energy savings in the following areas:
- Lighting Systems.
- HVAC Systems and Controls.
- Compressed Air Systems.
- Renewable Energy Options.
- Electric Motors.
- Steam Systems.
- Building Envelope.
- Utility Provider Rates.
The Ultimate Office Energy Audit Checklist
- Check proper alignment of windows and doors.
- Use phone and video conferencing to reduce business travel costs.
- Consider flexible scheduling to avoid high peak time energy rates.
- Use copiers and printouts only when needed.
- Set your your energy management system to shift into a standby mode when no one is expected to be in the office.
- Install energy saving faucets and toilets where applicable.
- Properly insulate the hot water heater, pipes, and tanks.
- Make sure HVAC ducting is well insulated.
- Install “smart” thermostats if not installed already.
- Purchase copiers and printers with energy standby features.
- Replace any CRT computer monitors with LED monitors.
- Close or adjust blinds to limit direct sunlight in the warmer months.
- Purchase Energy Star compliant office appliances and equipment.
- Replace any remaining incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED lighting.
- Maintain and update HVAC units.
- Avoid heating or cooling any unoccupied areas.
- Maintain and clean all ceiling fans.
- Close windows and doors.
- Keep hot water temperature at a reasonable level.
- Check roof insulation and upgrade if necessary.
- Check wall insulation and fill in any cavities.
- Install double-glazed windows.
- Reduce lighting where possible.
- Reduce compressed air pressure and use only where needed.
- Perform regular steam leak checks.
- Comparison shop energy rates for the best deal.
Hopefully, this checklist gives you a great starting place to review your office’s energy use and ways to make some adjustments. Here are an additional 14 Tips for Creating an Energy Efficient Workplace.
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