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How Do Energy Efficiency Improvements Actually Work? 6 Steps to Lower Utilities Costs

Jun 1, 2022

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce saw an 83% savings after Energy Services of NH completed their lighting retrofit!

Investing in energy efficiency can be stressful because of the unknowns. It is hard to justify an investment if you don’t know what your energy usage is before or after implementing new efficiency measures. This is where an energy consultant comes in!

We’ll help you understand the impact energy efficiency improvements will have on your organization’s utility costs. That way, you can be confident you’re making the right choice and gain buy-in from the rest of your team.

First, we will walk you through a complimentary energy audit. When you’re ready to engage our services, we’ll guide you through the holistic six-step implementation process below. 

1. Benchmarking

All energy improvements begin with an analysis of your organization’s existing energy consumption using the EPA’s Portfolio Manager. Basically, we’ll compare your energy usage performance to other facilities already in the EPA’s database. This benchmarking exercise will help us determine which systems and facilities have the most opportunity for improvement. 

2. Condition Assessment

Next, we’ll perform an onsite evaluation of the facilities with the lowest benchmarking scores to gather information on the equipment and building. This helps us identify specific opportunities for energy efficiency. The condition assessment may include metering equipment and subpanels to quantify their actual performance. 

We will also compare the measured performance to the manufacturer’s specification to ensure everything is working optimally and spot any inefficiencies.

3. Project Proposal

After a full review of your facilities, we will develop a proposal to reduce your energy consumption and improve performance which may include but is not limited to lighting, HVAC, process equipment, controls, building envelope, and power quality.

We will work with you to craft a strategic and prioritized plan of action. Which areas are most critical technically? Which energy efficiency improvements will have the best ROI? These are questions we’ll consider as we refine your plan. Understanding the value proposition may require a simulation that reconciles actual energy usage to modeled usage with energy improvements.

4. Develop Incentive Applications

Your energy consultant understands that this is a significant investment. We will create application packages to take advantage of any available utility incentives, grants, or funding available from other sources to reduce the capital cost of energy efficiency improvements. We’ll also help you: 

  • Get proposals for installed measures from contractors.
  • Submit applications for incentives.
  • Process complete projects for incentive payments.

5. Performance Tracking

Once your new energy efficiency improvements are in place, we will track your energy savings and the function of the equipment installations to determine the accuracy of energy saving estimates. We will continue working with you by: 

  • Using the findings for an ongoing improvement process. 
  • Making regular entries into the EPA Portfolio Manager to monitor your facility’s regular energy usage and establish a baseline. 
  • Investigating increases in consumption to determine the cause and identify new solutions.

6. Environmental, Social, and Governance

A growing number of investors now consider several non-financial elements when evaluating potential funding opportunities. Many apply Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors as part of their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities.

A voluntary Verified Emission Reduction climate action plan can be achieved with energy efficiency. Your energy consultant can help with the energy components of your ESG plan.

Peter Drucker, the Father of Modern Management, once said, “You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” Energy efficiency is a perfect example of this philosophy! Which is why we not only measure before making energy updates, but maintain a relationship with you to continue evaluating your equipment down the road.

When you work with Energy Services of New Hampshire you can be confident in the energy efficiency investments your organization makes — and continues to make. To take advantage of a free energy audit from Energy Services of NH, please take a few minutes to fill out our form.

Mike McQueeney, Owner, Energy Services of NHAbout Mike McQueeney

Energy efficiency is my life’s work. I want to use my energy and focus to create successful financial and climate change outcomes for the planet, clients, and myself. I’ve worked for electric utilities for 26 years and energy services companies for 10 years. I’ve won national awards for innovation and the production of measurable benefits. I was also part of a team that won Energy Star Partner of the Year, and facilitated the first geothermal Habitat for Humanity in the USA. 

Through Energy Services of NH, I continue to create energy efficiency opportunities for residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial customers.

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