Designing an energy efficiency plan has many levels and its complexity depends on what your objectives are.
The best way to get a free energy efficiency plan is of course to directly contact us . But you might want to get started by yourself so here are a few steps to start to come up with a plan.
What are your objectives
There are two kind of business objectives.
Financial energy savings are simply the savings you make each month from your investment. If you pay 3000 dollars a month your target might be to bring that down to 1000 dollars
Buiness Process objectives These are objective which are more difficult to encompass precise KPIs. They can be very different depending on your situation. For instance, you might want to become resilient to energy shortages from the grid so that you always have 100% uptime. Maybe you want to automate some processes have some productivity gains.
These are objectives are guided by moral consideration or Corporate Social Responsibility requirements. There is no doubt that our planet is getting warmer and reducing CO2 emissions at every level is one step in the right direction
Make an assessment of your site/property consumption
Levels of assesment
Common sense Energy assessment
Even as a professional, the first thing is to think about the most basic things. "Are my lights on during the night?", "Am I too hot indoors during the winter and too hot during the summer?". Sometimes the smallest changes can lead to tremendous savings.
More advanced assessment with bills
Energy experts usually very heavily rely on energy bills. Depending on your state and your retailer you can have access to a lot of information. In Victoria, retailers and distributors are required to provide interval data 10 days after receiving a request. Interval data give you a more granular understanding of your consumption by providing information down to the hour.
With this data, you can first build a rough energy profile. This means identifying consumption patterns according to time of day, day of the week and season. With hourly data can make rough estimates about which appliance consumes the most
There are a lot of things which can't be assessed with common sense or bills. With more accurate data you can make more build a more accurate profile. The more accurate your profile the more accurate your prediction when making investments.
At Autonomy we can collect information down to the subcircuit level and provide minute interval data. An in-depth profile is essential to identify all saving opportunities.
Components of an energy profile
- Grasp current energy use
- Identify management strength and weakness
- Analyze stakeholder needs
- Estimate future trends
Start Designing an energy efficiency plan
When you have a good grasp of your energy profile, it is easy to come up with a plan.
- Make use of the information available to identify the major bottlenecks.
- Then look what potential solutions there are address these bottlenecks.
- Gather information about the cost and barriers to implement these solutions.
When you have all that information you will be ready to make a decision. The hardest part is that last bullet: finding the solutions. That's one of the main reasons to go see an expert such as Autonomy Power, so you don't have to spend hours doing some research.