Firstly, what is a business energy audit?
Energy audits are a style of assessment that is a legal requirement for any commercial enterprise that hires more than 250 people.
The audit will analyse the energy efficiency of your business, as well as your energy usage and will also review the needs of your business. The complete audit will allow you to review your business energy usage, finding areas in which you can amend your consumption in order to reduce your energy costs and enhance the efficiency of your building.
Why business energy audits important
As mentioned above, it is a legal requirement for certain businesses to have an energy audit. However, for smaller businesses where this isn’t a legal obligation, there are still many reasons why a business energy audit is beneficial.
Poor energy efficiency has been found to be one of the main reasons for the high costs of a business energy bill. Businesses across the country could benefit from simply understanding the energy efficiency rating of their business premises, in order to get started. Once you are aware of the energy that you may be losing due, you can take the small steps required in order to enhance your energy efficiency and start saving hundreds of pounds!
How a business energy audit works
For businesses that are legally required to carry out an audit, an external assessor must be granted access to your business in order to complete the audit. However for those who do not have to do this legally, a phone audit or even a DIY audit can be done.
An on-site external audit must be carried out by a qualified professional. This auditor will visit your site and will carry out a thorough assessment of your premises. Reviewing areas such as energy usage, your business operations, and looking at ways in which you can reduce this consumption. They will pay close attention to the equipment and tools you use within your business, assessing how much these are used and how much energy is required to power them. They will then provide you with details on their recommendations.
Save money with an internal DIY energy audit
For smaller businesses who wish to carry out their own energy audits, can do so while saving money with a DIY energy audit!
This energy audit will be completed by you or a member of your own internal team. Although not as concise as an external audit, the DIY checklist you will be provided will cover all the necessary areas of an audit. This will help you identify major problems such as poor insulation and expensive lighting or heating. This DIY style of assessment will help make you aware of any issues with your consumption or efficiency leaving you with the opportunity to choose how you wish to deal with this.
How an energy audit can promote sustainability
Since sustainability has become such an important element of a business’ operations, an energy audit is even more useful. Suggesting ways to improve energy efficiency and cut down on consumption, not only does an energy audit recommend ways to help your business save money but it also identifies areas of your business that may be having a negative impact on the environment. With the information you are provided from an audit, you can work to improve your sustainability, improving your business’ emissions and carbon footprint.
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