How a Commercial Energy Audit Can Benefit Your Business

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A commercial building’s energy use is a large operating expense. Typically, one-third of operating expenses is comprised of energy consumption. That is why it is so important to have an energy audit conducted at your commercial building. If your commercial building becomes more energy efficient, you will reap the benefits of reduced operating expenses and an increase in profits and property asset values.

A commercial building energy audit evaluates how efficiently your building is using energy. An audit is the first step to take to make your building more energy efficient. If you want to conserve energy, lower ownership costs, increase asset values, and create a more environmentally friendly building, then you should have a commercial energy audit conducted. It is a simple process. An auditor will come to your facility and take a comprehensive look at energy consumption data to make an assessment. Overall, the following factors will be examined: utility bill (including past bills), on-site survey of property, retrieve data and calculate equipment performance and runtime, review condition of the building envelope, and review current operating schedules. After evaluating all the factors, an energy auditor will recommend cost-effective solutions to maximize the functionality of your building.

There are many benefits to have an energy audit performed at your commercial building. Financially, the greatest impact will be reducing your operating expenses. The operation of the building will also benefit after a completion of an energy audit to become more modernized and operationally efficient. Not only will an energy audit benefit you financially and operationally, but it will also benefit the environment by reducing carbon emissions. It’s important to keep in mind that to fully reap the benefits of an energy audit, you need to follow through with the recommendations of the auditor.


Energy Management System for an Efficient and Sustainable Future

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In today’s world, companies benefit from being mindful of their carbon footprint. It not only helps the environment, but it can also help you save money. An Energy Management System can be a solution to minimize your energy related expenses by minimizing unnecessary energy expenditure. Commonly referred to as EMS, this system allows you to monitor, analyze, and control every single energy point in your facility. By implementing an EMS, your ROI will be both short-term and long-term. The results will take effect right away and will be long lasting. You will also be highly competitive in the marketplace because of your attention to detail and reduced carbon footprint.

As the future of business is distinctly impacted by technology, it is smart to utilize the tools of the future to make sure you remain at the forefront of your industry. An EMS intertwines the very best aspects of sustainability with energy and money saving principles. Ultimately, an EMS benefits your bottom line while also enhancing your actual and perceived environmental consciousness.

Schaffhouser Electric can customize an EMS that tailors to the specific needs of you and your company. Prior to doing so, however, we will conduct an energy audit that identifies areas that are using a high amount of energy and areas that are wasting energy. The energy audit will clarify ways for you to reduce your energy use and therefore energy costs. Based on the results of your audit, we will then determine the right systems and strategies for you to best utilize your energy consumption.

The following equipment can be monitored and/or controlled by an EMS to maximize efficiency:

  • HVAC
  • Lighting
  • Signage
  • Subtenants
  • Generators
  • Refrigerators/Coolers
  • Water heater
  • Chain broiler
  • Irrigation
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Gas and water usage
  • Solar energy systems

Although we have already discussed some of the benefits of implementing an Energy Management System, we also want to highlight the idea that an EMS can even enhance your property’s value through utility sub-metering. This allows those who own properties and businesses to recoup utility costs through accurately measuring the tenant utility costs, which can be reported and invoiced to clients through an EMS. Additional benefits of an EMS include:

  • See immediate savings
  • Qualify for a federal tax deduction
  • Increase staff productivity and efficiency
  • Gain insight into how equipment is functioning
  • Avoid costly equipment repair
  • Integrate systems

For more information about energy management systems and how Schaffhouser Electric can help, call 615-325-8082.