What is an energy audit?

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What does an energy audit involve, and why is it necessary for your business?

If you are looking to reduce your energy costs within your business, you’ll need to start with an energy audit. Knowledge is power when it comes to finding the best ways to keep costs and emissions down within your organisation, and an energy audit is the essential first step which will help your business take control of consumption.

Utilities are often overlooked by companies when it comes to managing overheads but in the current climate of escalating costs the difference between an energy efficient business on a competitive deal vs an organisation without cost controls can run into the thousands of pounds a year. From buildings to equipment updates, there are a range of energy saving measures you can utilise to bring your costs down, but first you’ll need to understand where your costs are at right now, and why.

A professional energy audit will help you understand where you could make substantial savings. It involves a qualified assessor looking closely at every aspect of your energy consumption, suggesting solutions to reduce your energy spending and carbon emissions.

What does an energy audit involve?

Throughout an energy audit, an assessor will build a full understanding of your business, including the specific challenges it faces. This will involve looking at building construction, employee behaviours and more, suggesting tailored solutions to improve the way your business operates from an energy consumption perspective.

This results in a comprehensive and detailed view of your energy: providing conservation measures, estimated costs, potential savings and projected return timescales. These savings will take the form of energy and CO2 emissions as well as expected financial savings. Data analytics can help your assessor verify projected savings and build a commercial case for energy changes in your business.

What are the benefits of an energy audit?

As well as potentially saving you significant costs in the long term, an energy audit is an essential aspect for the compliance of mandatory energy schemes, including ESOS. Compliance to the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme is required for any business with 250+ employees, turnover in excess of more than £44 million, or an annual balance sheet of more than £38 million.

Not only is an energy audit essential for ESOS compliance, but it is also a key factor in understanding your business as a whole. An audit will tell you how you are using your energy right now across your whole organisation, identifying potential solutions and ways to reduce consumption. It will provide you with the raw data you need to make informed decisions regarding your business energy usage, allowing you to implement energy saving measures and policies for the future.

Energy consumption is a huge part of any business, and an energy audit means you’ll be able to prioritise energy saving projects, giving them the attention they require. It will indicate how you can save both energy and money by improving processes and changing staff behaviour.

Consultiv Utilities can help you save on your business energy

Here at Consultiv Utilities, we understand how hard it can be to make sense of your energy bills. That’s why we’re on hand to help your organisation take the necessary steps to save.

Our experts will break down your prices and help you find the most competitive deals for your needs. We can also help you prioritise sustainability in your business, highlighting greener energy that also helps you save in the long run.  

With years of expertise under our belt, we are confident that we can cut down your business energy costs. We will be with you every step of the way to secure manageable and transparent utilities for your organisation.

Are you ready to improve your energy outlook? Get in touch with the team at Consultiv Utilities today.

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