For most commercial buildings, energy use is the most substantial operating expense. On average, approximately one-third of a typical operating budget is spent on energy consumption. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Commercial building owners and business occupants can increase profits and property asset values while simultaneously reducing operating expenses by becoming more energy efficient.
What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit determines the amount of energy consumption affiliated with a building and the potential savings associated with that energy consumption. Additionally, an energy audit is designed to understand the specific conditions that are impacting the performance and comfort in your facility to maximize the overall impact of energy-focused building improvements. So how will an energy audit impact your organization? Take a look at the many benefits of an energy audit below.
Save Money with Energy
The most obvious benefit to a commercial energy audit lies in their potential to protect your bottom line. A comprehensive energy audit has the potential to significantly reduce your utility bills. Using the latest innovative technologies and solutions, commercial energy audits analyze and inspect your business from the inside out.
From your building’s air-conditioning equipment and exterior to your internal structure, your energy audit will take everything into account. Your energy auditor will determine how these systems interact with one another, locating air leakage, inefficiencies, unwanted heat transmission, and more. Upon completion, they will recommend and implement cost-effective resolutions to maximise functionality while minimising immediate expenses. Other financial benefits associated with energy efficiency include:
- Increased profits
- Reduced energy expenses
- Higher ROI
- Protection against rising energy costs
- Minimised operating budgets
- Increased building value
- Increased competitive differentiation
- Risk reduction for facility owners
- And more
In addition to the monetary savings, energy improvements also result in significant operational benefits. Upon completion of your energy audit, you will be provided with a full report on how you can improve your facility through upgrading and modernizing the building’s exterior, interior, and mechanical/technological systems. Standard operational benefits associated with energy efficiency include:
- Reduced operations and maintenance costs (O&M)
- Modernised mechanical and technological systems/solutions (i.e. Smart Facility)
- Increased reliability and longer equipment life
- Reduced downtime associated with equipment malfunctions
- Improved operational efficiency
- Increased building self-regulation, control, and automation
Environmentally sustainable and energy efficient buildings are attractive for reasons that reach far beyond reducing energy usage and generating monetary savings. The long term financial rewards associated with customer loyalty, brand recognition, and productive/happy employees are unlimited. Common intangible benefits associated with energy efficiency include:
- Positive PR from an enhanced “green” business image
- Increased employee productivity
- Improved building occupant comfort levels
- Enhanced customer loyalty and brand recognition
- Increased employee morale
- Reduced physical manifestations of poor indoor air quality (i.e. mold, mildew and toxic emissions)
- And more
How to Reap the Rewards of an Energy Efficient Building
It’s important to note that an energy audit is only the first step on the path to improving your building’s energy consumption. An energy audit must be followed with the recommended actions and improvements to create an energy efficient facility.
Regardless of the size of your building, it’s essential that you work with a qualified energy service company to generate a comprehensive and holistic energy management plan to reduce operational expenses and energy costs. Like a business, no two buildings are the same. At Taka, we conduct bespoke energy consulting solutions for every stage of a building’s life cycle. From your initial energy audit through design, construction, and operations, we are here to support your goal of creating a smart, energy efficient building.
In today’s highly competitive market, the dividing line between success and failure is thinner than ever. To maximize profits, you must first reduce expenditures. The most efficient way to slash operating costs is through increasing energy efficiency. Contact the experts at Taka to learn more about how we can transform your facility into a smart, energy efficient building.