Energy Audits Save Energy and Money
Attention Small Businesses
You may be eligible for a $100 flat fee energy audit. Contact our office via email at DRG3@mcohio.org to see if you qualify or call Lamees Mubaslat at (937) 225-6423.
*What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is a comprehensive assessment of a building's energy use throughout its operations. The purpose of the audit is identifying the most cost-effective opportunities to reduce energy usage through equipment upgrades, equipment repairs, and/or occupant behavioral implementations. Energy audits are the best way to receive information regarding how fast, easy, cost-effective upgrades can reduce your overall energy costs.
*Who can I contact to receive an Energy Audit?
Energy audits are performed by engineers, engineering firms, and energy service providers. Information about our Green Certified Energy Service Providers can be found in our Local Green Certified Businesses Directory.
*What is the Energy Auditing Process?
Step 1: Submit all utility bills for the past one to two years to the energy auditor.
The process includes an evaluation of the buildings electrical, natural gas, and water consumption based on utility bills for the past one to two years.
Step 2: The facility walk-through.
A trained auditor will conduct a walk-through of the facility, noting both easy implementations that will result in a quick investment payback and implementations maybe require a longer payback period (for example, replacing older, low efficiency furnaces with a new high efficiency furnace). During the course of the walk-through the facility’s lighting levels and lighting equipment will be inspected, along with the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system(s), windows, and infrastructure composition.
Step 3: Recommendations for improving energy efficiency.
After proper analysis, a written report will be generated detailing the current conditions of all energy systems, the current total energy usage for electricity, natural gas, and water, and the auditor’s recommendations on what improvements to make, their initial costs, and their potential payback periods.
*What are the Advantages of having an Energy Audit?
- Provide realization of the building’s utility costs and structural condition
- Identify and prioritize potential capital improvement projects
- Provide a financial analysis for each potential capital investment project
Case Study by Heapy Engineering Headquarters
- Water efficient restroom fixtures reduces consumption by 30%
- Water efficient landscape can result in 80 - 90% reduction water consumption
- $1,500 annual water cost savings
- Identified +$8,000 in annual Energy Cost Savings Measures, for example:
- Copier “Energy Saver” Control – Programmed large copiers to automatically go to “Energy Saver” mode after non-use, and turn completely off after 30 minutes.
- Atrium Lighting Control – Programmed Atrium metal-halide luminaries (36 total) to be controlled off when daylight levels are adequate
Solid Waste, Ongoing Consumables:
- Reuse, recycle or compost 50% of the ongoing consumables waste stream 2010: recycled +14,000 pounds of paper, implemented a battery recycling program & double-sided default settings on printers/copiers saved over $1400 in paper costs)
- Reduced amount of waste led to reduction in waste hauling = $1500 annual savings
Sustainable Cleaning Product:
- Implemented Green Cleaning Policy & Purchased Green Seal Restroom Paper Products. Cost Savings: $950/year
Total Annual Cost Benefit: $13,950
Total Soft & Hard Costs: $50,000
Total Return on Investment: +27%