“Audits” have a tendency to make one presume the worst. Despite known significance, companies seem to keep as distant as possible from these checkpoints. Moreover, the horror stories that you might read on the Internet, of penalties that can range from thousands to millions of dollars, only fuel the apprehension. But what if I was to tell you that “audit” could turn out to be one of your corporation's most solid paths to growth and sustainability? Here's how timely audits can aid your company to become its best possible version:
1. Investment Grade Detailed Project Reports: This aims at reviewing the present energy consumption scenario, monitor and analysis of the use of energy and explore energy conservation options in various load centres of the buildings, including submitting of detailed project report with recommendations for improving energy efficiency with cost-benefit analysis and technical specification for any retrofit option and list of suppliers/manufacture of energy-efficient technologies. 2. Best operating practices: Consider air compressors. An air compressor motor consumes about 20-40% of the total energy in many industries. For the life cycle of air compressors, the operating cost on energy is ~84%; ~7% for initial investment and ~9% for maintenance of the air compressor. There are three ways of using air compressors efficiently –
Reduce the consumption of air;
Reduce the air pressure; and
Optimize the air compressor.
3. Establishment of Key Performance Indicators: Energy efficiency programs generate huge monetary savings. The trick is identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that companies must focus on to ensure their programs maintain traction. Here are five useful KPIs to consider when looking to track energy efficiency, courtesy of Noesis, a leader in energy measurement and tracking platforms:
KPI #1: Clean Data KPI #2: Energy Costs KPI #3: Measuring Usage KPI #4: Energy Rates KPI #5: Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
4. Energy benchmarking and Target setting: Energy Benchmarking is a method used to determine whether a building is using more or less energy than its peer facilities with similar occupancies, climates, and sizes. This is done by dividing a building’s total energy use by its total area. This number frequently referred to as the Energy Usage Intensity (EUI), is then compared to buildings of the same use type to determine how efficiently the concerned building utilizes energy.
EUI= Total Energy Use of Building/Total Area Covered by Building
Through energy benchmarking, building audits can then be pursued more effectively when determining which buildings are inefficiently using energy.
5. Roadmap and action plan for energy conservation projects: The expected outcomes of the implementation of the roadmap are as follows: At the industrial level: ➔ Improve productivity and competitiveness by reducing operating costs and environmental pollution. At the household level: ➔ Energy savings and enhancement of household income ➔ Employment opportunity.
6. Increased awareness about energy savings amongst industry people: The objective is to enhance the awareness level amongst the public on energy efficiency and inform them about the virtues of adopting energy conservation. People are also made aware of the quality and standard issues of energy-intensive appliances.
About Us: Enerlly is an organization rooted in industrial automation that deploys Internet-of-Things (IoT) based controllers and online platforms to create sustainable eco-conscious brands through real-time energy monitoring, energy data analytics, and strategic consultancy.