How To Develop Your Business Energy Plan
Simply trying to use less energy by turning off light switches and managing HVAC thermostats is not enough to have a significant impact on your business energy bills. Here is a step-by-step guide for creating an energy strategy, written by industry experts.
Step 1: Conduct An Energy Audit
First, an assessment of your energy usage is critical to gain an understanding of your vulnerabilities or energy weaknesses. A building audit can be done by an energy engineering firm to evaluate HVAC systems, chillers, pumps, boilers, air handlers, BAC systems, windows, motors, etc. This step will allow you to get insights into how your building uses energy and areas to focus on for improvement.
Step 2: Perform A Utility Analysis
Next, you want to look at your utility statements to see how your usage translates into costs. At this stage, you may want to even consider a utility bill audit to ensure accuracy in your billing statements. Commercial utility bills often contain errors and one of the main benefits of a utility bill audit is that you can recover these overpayments in the form of a refund.
Step 3: Implement Energy Modeling
Then, an energy efficiency firm or engineer can make recommendations for energy savings and model the potential savings that each project might generate. This might include installing LED lighting, re-sequencing BAC systems, or recommissioning a building automation system. At this stage, it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of each potential solution.
Step 4: DetermineYour Energy Milestones
Finally, you can develop an energy efficiency plan for your business with milestone dates and goals. You might not be able to implement every solution at once, so be sure to prioritize those that give you the best return.
How Hiring A Commercial Energy Broker Can Help
If you’re thinking about developing an energy plan yourself and going at it alone, you might be surprised by its complexity. Energy can be complicated to understand and without an expert in your corner, might seem impossible.
Hiring the right energy broker to guide you in developing your energy strategy is critical. Not all energy brokers are created equal. It’s important to find a broker that also offers energy efficiency solutions and understands how to negotiate with energy suppliers in order to maximize your savings. Look for an energy brokerage company that:
- Offers hybrid energy supply contracts
- Has or offers renewable energy solutions
- Employs energy efficiency professionals
Many energy brokers are simply focused on commodity supply rates rather than a building’s energy usage as a whole.
Why Hire Us?
At Diversegy, our team has over 100 years of combined energy experience dealing with buildings of all shapes and sizes. Not only can we find you the best supply prices in the market, but we also have the acumen to help you reduce your usage through energy efficiency protocols. Contact our team today to start working on your energy strategy.