Energy Assessments and Benchmarking
Take the first step—get professional guidance to identify cost-effective opportunities that save time, money, and energy for your business
How it Works
Energy assessments, also known as energy audits, are often the first step in determining your energy performance. During an assessment, an energy specialist looks comprehensively at all areas of your building, such as how well it’s insulated, the effectiveness of your heating and cooling equipment, lighting characteristics, and indoor air quality.
The energy specialist then develops a road map for energy-saving improvements that is customized to your business. This road map also includes a prioritized list of which upgrades will deliver the greatest impact, helping you make well-informed, cost-effective decisions.
Benchmarking is another way to understand your business’s energy performance—comparing your energy use to that of similar organizations, your own past performance, or nationally recognized standards. To be most effective, benchmarking should be completed regularly to determine whether your energy performance is improving.
How you benefit
- Receive expert advice on your business’s overall energy performance
- Understand your energy performance compared to that of other businesses
- Uncover hidden problems that may be making your building less efficient
- Identify potential health and safety concerns, such as improper ventilation, that may cause mold and mildew growth and degrade air quality
When you should consider it
Energy assessments and benchmarking may be good for your business if you are:
- Developing an energy strategy and energy action plan for your business
- Establishing a baseline of your energy performance
- Forming and setting goals related to energy management
- Identifying energy saving opportunities to optimize operations and reduce costs
- Interested in seeing how your energy performance compares to that of similar businesses
- Trying to obtain or improve a green building certification for your building
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