What is an Energy Assessment?

The need to reduce energy costs is a crucial business practice for successful organizations, and energy assessments have begun to play a more significant role in managing energy expenses. Energy assessments can encompass a variety of surveying techniques but most commonly consist of an analysis of energy usage within a building or facility and its contained equipment. Energy assessments can be ASHRAE Level I, II, or III for conditioned space, or comprehensive or tactical energy surveys for industrial facilities. Assessments include comprehensive lists of energy efficiency measures derived from building and facility performance. Energy assessments also include financial analysis for each identified measure. Energy assessments can use information from building management systems (BMS) with the goal of reducing energy usage without negatively impacting the company’s everyday practices. Industrial energy assessments often focus on key aspects of the overall system that tend to use the most energy. Common examples of assessed equipment include HVAC, lighting, and plug load.

How long does an energy assessment take?

While this depends on who is doing the assessment as well as the assessment level, most assessments will take one day, two at the most for the actual on-site visit.

Do I need anything to prepare for my energy assessment?

Generally, the provider will want information ahead of the assessment:  billing history and information about equipment on-site.   The on-site equipment information is solicited through one or more questionnaires.  Typically, gathering information and submitting these forms is what is required to prepare for the assessment visit.

I didn’t get my energy assessment report.

Of course, this should never happen.  You should get in touch with the primary contact at the assessment-center and let them know, and they will provide the report.  Copies of the reports are on file, and can be provided to responsible individuals at the plant, even years after the assessment.  This latter scenario is more likely than a report never being delivered, that is, the person to whom the report was delivered leaves the company, and others have no idea where the report is.  The service provider can send the report.

Will I get a refund?

This is entirely dependent on your contract with your provider.