A commercial energy audit in Toronto can help you identify inefficiencies in your building systems and calculate the overall costs of wasted energy at your property. Once your energy auditor has identified the areas that can be improved, they can provide options for enhancing your energy performance, and help you make informed, energy-efficient decisions. Hiring an energy auditing company can greatly benefit the environment as well as reduce your monthly energy costs, so why not have an energy consumption analysis done? If you’re in the market for an energy auditor, take a look at these tips to ensure you make the right choice.
Determine the Type of Audit You Need
There are two main types of audits: energy assessments and contractor energy audits. In order to choose between these options, you first need to understand the difference.
Energy assessments are when technical assistance providers review your utility bills and compare your property, equipment, and energy use by means of a standardized assessment tool. They’re usually low to no cost at all and highlight some basic saving opportunities as well as identify areas that warrant further investigation.
Contractor energy audits are much more in-depth and include an analysis of two to five years of utility bills. They’ll use monitoring equipment to measure overall energy consumption and to observe patterns of systems suspected of high energy consumption or energy use during peak demand loads. They’ll examine your building envelope, roof, crawlspaces, and will even use thermal imaging technology to detect energy loss throughout the building.
Review Their Certifications, Standards, and Regulations
As with any professional service, it’s important to shop around and compare. Confirm with your prospective auditors that they’re certified through a professional organization and that their certification is up to date. An expired certificate may signify that their business may not be up to date in the rapidly evolving energy industry. You should also request documentation to verify that they’re licensed and insured in the area to avoid any legal complications in the future.
Select Pricing Method
Energy auditors will typically charge one of three ways: by square footage, by time spent, or by percent savings. Square footage is simply charged by the foot of the area they analyze—prices tend to range from $0.12 to $0.50 per square foot. Time-spent charges are dependent on how much time the auditor spends assessing your property and will fluctuate according to the complexity of your facility. Lastly, the percentage-savings method is typically used when the contractor does the audit, installs the new equipment, and then gets paid from a percent of the savings achieved from the upgrades. The ideal option for you will depend on a number of factors, which you’ll have to assess before making your final decision.
If you’re looking for an energy auditor in the GTA, look no further than PL Energy Services. Our expertise in building science, paired with our amazingly talented team of technicians and state-of-the-art technology allows us to learn about your energy use and gives us an understanding of how to reduce your operational expenses. Contact PL Energy Services today to learn more about how your commercial property can conserve energy and reduce energy costs.