Energy audits are great ways to find out about where you can focus your efforts on conserving energy, and what you can do to cut down on energy costs. However, energy audits can be quite expensive and aren’t always a top priority when it comes to costs that need to be fit into your budget. Fortunately, there are energy saving programs in Ontario that can help with energy saving initiatives for businesses. If you’re interested in learning how the Provincial government can help you with energy savings for your business, keep on reading to find out about Ontario’s energy rebates and programs.
Ontario Energy Audit Funding
The Ontario energy audit funding incentive is meant to cover up to half the costs of an energy audit for businesses in the province. It’s the first step in understanding where your business is in terms of energy use and conservation, and where improvements can be made to enhance its performance. When businesses complete energy audits, they’ll be able to assess the potential for energy savings by replacing outdated equipment, adjusting operational practices, or participating in building systems and envelopes projects. After completing an energy audit, building owners or property managers can work with auditors to come up with a plan and decide which areas require attention, and will be modified or replaced.
Participating in Audit Funding
Audit funding is available through your local distribution company, and energy savings programs vary depending on your area. You can use this helpful tool to find your local electric utility company, and contact them to find out about the programs in your area. For example, Hydro One provides electricity to businesses across Ontario, and would be the local electric utility company for many Ontarians. Their audit funding can offer up to $25,000 in incentives for businesses.
Once you speak to your local hydro company and figure out what your business options are in terms of energy saving programs, you must then find an experienced, qualified auditor to help complete the job. Qualified energy auditors must be at least one of the following:
- A professional engineer licensed to practice in Ontario; a certified engineering technologist; a certified energy manager; or a certified measurement and verification professional, with at least three years of experience.
- An engineer in training under the supervision of a professional among those above, as long as the supervisor certifies and signs the audit report.
- A building energy assessment professional as designated by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Upon finding a qualified professional to conduct the audit, you should complete the energy audit application and participant agreement to make sure that the minimum requirements are met during the audit.
Finally, the last step is to submit and post the energy audit submission to your local hydro company, who will then verify the results and issue a cheque based on the type of audit, and the costs incurred.
Available Audits for Businesses
One of the most popular energy audits is the ASHRAE Level II audit, which involves an in-depth look at a business’ energy costs, building characteristics, and how a building’s energy is used. An ASHRAE audit can provide your business with more information on ways to reduce your consumption and better understand the way your company consumes energy. Using the ASHRAE Level II audit as the baseline, an auditor can also perform a variety of other tasks, including the following:
Electricity Survey and Analysis
Electricity survey and analyses can provide the data necessary to understand the financial benefits of installing and upgrading to new, more energy-efficient equipment.
Detailed Analysis of Capital-Intensive Modifications
The detailed field data of the analysis of capital-intensive modifications will combine with the in-depth engineering analysis to inform business owners of potential project costs and projected savings.
Building Systems Audit Incentive
Both building owners and those leasing the space may be eligible for this incentive. The building systems audit will provide an analysis of potential savings that could be made by making modifications to and optimizing auxiliary fans, pumps, compressors, domestic water and all associated distribution systems.
PL Energy Services Can Help Your Business Save Money on Energy Costs
While the government offers a wide array of rebates and incentives for eco-friendly businesses, sometimes it can be difficult to secure these funds. Collecting the proper documentation and navigating your way through all the bureaucracy is a job on its own, but luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. PL Energy Services can help your business take advantage of all the rebates it’s eligible for, freeing up assets that you can re-allocate to help grow your company. Our team of specialists can complete all necessary engineering documentation and studies to maximize your incentive return. Contact us today to learn more.