Energy audit in its most simple form consists of a series of visual observations
An energy audit is basically an examination and inspection of energy flows for energy conserving in a structure. It can consist of a mechanical system or procedure to reduce the level of energy input to the structure without negatively impacting the output. This is very useful in homes and other buildings that do not have central heating and cooling systems as it allows you to check the energy efficiency of your building in real time which allows you to make necessary adjustments. Energy audit in its most simple form consists of a series of visual observations for energy flow analysis. It also refers to the verification of renewable energy sources for the building’s energy rating.
There are many ways to save energy and save money. These include changing lifestyle habits and replacing wasteful appliances with energy efficient ones, investing in energy efficient appliances and improving insulation. The energy audit professionals use visual techniques along with detailed verbal reports from the inspection process. They record the results in a report and present their findings to the client with suggestions for potential improvements in future audits. The auditors also help the client make financial arrangements for these potential improvements. For example, where possible they suggest reducing the size of windows and doors which they believe would keep heat out better and reducing the amount of electricity usage by using air conditioning or heating.
A detailed audit can take a week or even more than a month
A detailed audit usually involves visually inspecting various places such as doors, windows, heating ducts, ceilings, walls, equipment, fittings, equipment grounding, insulation, cabinets, furniture, ventilation and exhaust. It requires special training for the personnel who perform the task because they must inspect everything to locate the smallest holes. For this reason some auditors use specialized equipment and machinery, like heat-sensing cameras, infrared thermometers and GPS devices. This type of energy audit needs to be performed by highly trained and equipped professional energy assessors.
In an energy audit the auditors do not carry out any mechanical actions during the audit. As the name indicates they simply follow what the client tells them. In order for an auditor to be able to carry out an energy audit effectively it is very important that the client has a good understanding of what the audit is looking for. Therefore, detailed reports are often prepared by the auditors after the initial inspection.
The results of the audit may indicate areas for improvement
If the areas identified are not ones where you would want to spend money on improving then the suggested improvements could be minor. However, if you find that the suggested changes do make a difference then this will be noted in your report and should be taken into account when you come to make a decision about the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. If the energy audit identifies areas of your heating and cooling system that need improving but the suggested changes do not make a significant difference then the audit may need to be re-run.
The results from the audit can help you establish whether or not you need an additional system added to your heating and cooling system. In some cases an audit will identify that you do not require an upgrade but you should check with your HVAC contractor as some systems require additional upgrades before you consider installing them. It is worth checking the ducts that run through the house as they may also need to be updated. A simple energy audit can save you a lot of time and money by pointing out areas where you may be losing money as a result of the way in which you are using your heating and cooling system.