Office Energy Audit Checklist

Posted by: Anna | 07/11/2017 at 09:30 AM

Office Energy Audit Checklist

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:

  1. Calculate energy usage per square foot. Compare this to similar buildings where possible.
  2. Do a detailed analysis and breakdown of usage and saving areas.
  3. 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

  1. Check proper alignment of windows and doors.
  2. Use phone and video conferencing to reduce business travel costs.
  3. Consider flexible scheduling to avoid high peak time energy rates.
  4. Use copiers and printouts only when needed.
  5. Set your your energy management system to shift into a standby mode when no one is expected to be in the office.
  6. Install energy saving faucets and toilets where applicable.
  7. Properly insulate the hot water heater, pipes, and tanks.
  8. Make sure HVAC ducting is well insulated.
  9. Install “smart” thermostats if not installed already.
  10. Purchase copiers and printers with energy standby features.
  11. Replace any CRT computer monitors with LED monitors.
  12. Close or adjust blinds to limit direct sunlight in the warmer months.
  13. Purchase Energy Star compliant office appliances and equipment.
  14. Replace any remaining incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED lighting.
  15. Maintain and update HVAC units.
  16. Avoid heating or cooling any unoccupied areas.
  17. Maintain and clean all ceiling fans.
  18. Close windows and doors.
  19. Keep hot water temperature at a reasonable level.
  20. Check roof insulation and upgrade if necessary.
  21. Check wall insulation and fill in any cavities.
  22. Install double-glazed windows.
  23. Reduce lighting where possible.
  24. Reduce compressed air pressure and use only where needed.
  25. Perform regular steam leak checks.
  26. 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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