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Energy Audit

Investment Energy Saving Assessment

Pelings Consulting Group provides Energy Audit Services as part of our proprietary Pelings Energy Management Program. This comprehensive utility and energy management program is available for medium to large size multi-location businesses.

Effective management of energy consuming systems in businesses today can lead to significant cost and energy savings as well as increasing comfort, lowering maintenance costs, and extending equipment life. With escalating energy market price conditions, the need for businesses to manage these areas more effectively is no longer a choice but a necessity!

A successful Energy Management Program for businesses begins with professional and comprehensive Energy Audit Services provided by Pelings Consulting Group.

Although Pelings Consulting Group provides Energy Audit Services as stand alone services for businesses, these services are an integral part of our proprietary Pelings Energy Management Program. This customized Program is an effective way for businesses to maintain service continuity, integrity and cost control in the Utility and Energy service areas. By implementing this comprehensive Management Program, businesses can be assured that by outsourcing the day to day management of the utility and energy services areas to Pelings Consulting Group, opportunities for cost savings and increased "Bottom-Line" profitability are continually monitored and evaluated through a comprehensive and objective process. More detailed information regarding the Pelings Energy Management Program is included in a subsequent section of this document.

Energy Audit Overview

An Energy Audit serves the purpose of identifying where a building uses energy and identifies energy reduction opportunities. It is important to note, there is a direct relationship between the scope, and therefore the cost, of an audit (amount of data collected and analyzed) and the number of energy reduction opportunities that can be identified. In addition, there is a significant difference between an Energy Audit for a commercial building, which focuses on the building envelope, lighting, heating and ventilation requirements and an Energy Audit conducted for an industrial plant, which also focuses on production or process system energy requirements.

Categoris of Professional Energy Audits :

Energy Benchmarking Audit

This audit includes an evaluation of facility energy consumption/usage data and energy costs. This audit can yield estimates of savings potential and a list of cost savings opportunities through improvements in operational and maintenance practices. It provides comparisons with industry averages, or benchmarks, for similar facilities. This type of audit does not require the completion of an actual on-site inspection. Information obtained through this audit may be used as part of a more detailed Energy Audit if the potential cost savings identified warrants further investigation. The Energy Benchmarking Audit is a great first step in energy cost reduction for any business to consider.

Standard Energy Audit

This audit requires an on-site inspection of the facility to quantify energy uses and losses through a review and analysis of equipment systems, operational characteristics, and measurements and testing. Standard energy calculations are used to analyze efficiencies to determine energy and estimated cost savings based upon improvements and changes to the current systems. Information obtained through the previous Energy Benchmarking Audit can be utilized as part of the Standard Energy Audit.

Comprehensive Energy Modeling Audit

This type of audit can be done in conjunction with, or after the Standard Audit process. However, it goes one step further. This audit is most often warranted for complex facilities or systems. This audit includes a more detailed energy use by function and a more comprehensive review of energy use patterns. It requires a model analysis, or complex computer simulation, to determine use patterns and predictions on a year round basis, taking into account variables such as detailed

Environmental conditions

The goal is to build a base for comparison that is consistent with the actual energy use of the facility. Modifications are then made to increase the energy efficiency of facility systems and then measured and compared against the base line energy usage and cost. The Comprehensive Energy Modeling Audit also takes into account the interaction between systems to prevent erroneous calculations of cost savings through recommended retrofits.

To assist businesses determine the potential "hard-dollar" cost savings by reducing energy consumption in their businesses, Pelings Consulting Group recommends the following steps for consideration:

Step #1

Review all information regarding Energy Audit Services and the Pelings Energy Management Program on this website. Determine which facilities would be candidates for one of the Energy Audit Services (Note: Minimum 1100 square ft. buildings qualify for Audit Service, No Maximum).

Step #2

For non-industrial/manufacturing businesses select the Energy Benchmarking Audit Service. Interested companies can download and print from this website, the Facility Energy Analysis Questionnaire. A separate questionnaire should be completed for each building that will be audited. This questionnaire covers such areas as: HVAC, lighting, building envelope as well as total energy usage and cost over the past twelve (12) month period for each building. Following receipt of the completed questionnaire, Pelings Consulting Group will contact the business for any clarification regarding responses to the questionnaire

Step #3

Information from the Facility Energy Analysis Questionnaire will be reviewed and then entered into Pelings Consulting Group's Pelings Energy Management Program Energy Audit Services Database Program for further analysis. Based upon the information provided, a custom Facility Energy Analysis Report will be prepared and sent to the business detailing the results of the Energy Benchmarking Audit specific to each building that was audited. This Report will include recommended low and high cost energy savings opportunities that may be considered for implementation. Estimated cost savings by completing the recommendations in each energy area is also included in this Report.

Step #4

Should the business want to proceed with either the Standard Energy Audit, or the Comprehensive/Modeling Energy Audit based upon the results of the Energy Benchmarking Audit, Pelings Consulting Group can discuss proceeding with these Audits as requested.

Energy Audit Service Fees

Consulting fees charged by Pelings Consulting Group to complete specific Energy Audit Services are usually based upon the square footage of the buildings audited, or an hourly rate. Actual fee costs are determined prior to the initiation of the Energy Audit Service.

Note: Travel, toll, telephone and other expenses would also be applicable when completing some Energy Audit Services.

Many companies today with complex utility and energy needs routinely wade through multiple electric, natural gas, water, steam and sewage service invoices from many different Service Providers on a monthly basis attempting to determine pricing accuracy and the correct application of credits as the result of identified errors. In most cases, only obvious problems and errors are identified, with many of these discrepancies going unnoticed for many years costing businesses a significant amount of money in utility and energy overpayments.

In addition, the ongoing deregulation of both the electric and natural gas utility areas across the country have further complicated the ability of most businesses to make correct decisions to maintain control and reduce costs in these constantly changing operational expense areas.

With our team of utility and energy experts, Pelings Consulting Group leaves no stone unturned in the management of these ever changing and complex operational overhead areas for our Clients. Our professional and comprehensive approach in providing the Pelings Energy Management Program for every Client is guaranteed!

Key benefits that our Client's realize through the Energy Management Program are:

A. Improved Control Of Commodity Usage And Cost

1. Monthly invoice and transaction processing
2. Qualitative review
3. Identify lowest cost providers
4. Change control
5. Forecasting and budgeting

B. Improved Cash Flow

1. Timely payment

D. Improved Cash Flow, continued

1. Payment consistent with Corporate policies, i.e. discount realization
2. Predictable monthly cost

E. Effective Commodity Provider Relations

Problem resolution
1. Control of refund or incremental cost computations

F. Effective Reporting

1. Executive summaries
2. Monthly cost and usage reports

G. Process Improvement Opportunities

1. Cost-effective automation
2. Analysis and implementation of cost and usage improvements

H. Increased Energy Efficiency

1. Preliminary/Benchmarking Audit
2. Standard Audit
3. Comprehensive Modeling Audit

The Pelings Energy Management Program permits Client Management to focus more time on core business functions and less time managing overhead costs and transaction processing. This customized Program is an effective way for businesses to maintain service continuity, integrity and cost control in all Utility and Energy service areas through a comprehensive and objective process which leads to increased "Bottom-Line" profitability for their businesses

The issue of energy consumption has been a growing interest across all industry sectors not only because of its immediate impact on production costs but also because of its considerable impact on environmental sustainability.

An improvement in energy efficiency within your organization can potentially bring significant business benefits. With this in mind, Pelings has developed energy audit services to help you find the best information for improvement opportunities. Energy audit services are a key part of our dedicated energy efficiency services and the first step towards your comprehensive energy management strategy.

Our audit provides you with a clear understanding of energy consumption in your buildings and facilities. Quantitative findings can provide substantial practical guidelines for: Continuous improvement in production efficiency

Identifying cost saving opportunities in energy efficiency

Starting with the development of an energy consumption inventory detailed auditing activities will be conducted to identify buildings and facilities with particular focus on rationalizing their energy profiles. Field measurements will be also taken to quantify critical operating parameters. Following the establishment of an energy consumption profile, the potential energy saving opportunities can be identified. Energy management strategy and particular energy reduction programs can be organized and planned with reference to energy audit results.

Our energy audit services can further provide a range of additional benefits. The findings of an energy audit can be a good reference for your management in supporting commercial decisions. You can acquire a sustainable reputation with your customers. As the law or policy for energy efficiency will be enacted sooner or later; earlier preparation can enhance your competitiveness.

A diverse range of industries have already experienced improved energy and production efficiency following our energy audit services. Pelings is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, with a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the globe. As such, there is no organization better equipped to deliver a robust solution that best suits your energy efficiency needs. Get comfy with energy-efficiency improvements.

We assess your home using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, recommend options to improve your home's comfort and energy efficiency, and handle the installations you select. Our method makes home performance simple. A properly performing home is a great place for your family to live. A home assessment is a smart, scientific approach to improving your comfort and energy efficiency. Pelings Advisors guide you through the process, step by step.

Rest easy knowing that Pelings Advisors are specially trained professionals who strive for the highest standards of excellence. Advisors complete rigorous training in home performance evaluation to better understand the dynamics of how homes should work as a system.

The thinking behind a Home Assessment.

We study the systems in your home, how these systems function on their own, and how they contribute to your whole house comfort and energy efficiency. We test your home's air and duct sealing, insulation levels, and more. Contact a Pelings Advisor to The all-in-one home performance solution

1. Assess
We assess your home for common causes of poor home performance.
2. Recommend
We recommend ways to improve your home's comfort and energy efficiency.
3. Install
Our team or one of our service providers will perform the installations you select.