Commercial Energy Audits How Sydney Businesses Can Save Money and Reduce Carbon Footprint

Commercial Energy Audits: How Sydney Businesses Can Save Money and Reduce Carbon Footprint

April 10, 2024

If there are two things any business in Sydney should care about, it’s saving money and reducing carbon footprint. One gives you an immediate benefit in increased profitability, and the other gives you a sense of doing the right thing as well as extra credibility in the eyes of customers.

And the best part? These two birds can often be killed with one stone.

Here’s everything you need to know about commercial energy audits and how Sydney businesses are saving money and becoming greener by conducting them:

What is a commercial energy audit?

A commercial energy audit is a comprehensive assessment of a commercial building’s energy usage and efficiency measures. They assess how much energy a building is using, where its being used the most, where potential inefficiencies lie, building envelope integrity and air leakage, among other factors that influence the efficiency of a commercial building.

What are the key areas that commercial energy audits assess?

Commercial energy audits assess the largest energy-using appliances and systems. These include:

  • HVAC units
    HVAC units are often one of the biggest consumers of energy within a commercial building. Your business may have a faulty or inefficient HVAC system which is sucking up excess energy. A commercial audit can reveal this, allowing electricians to rectify the issue or upgrade your system.
  • Lighting
    A commercial energy audit can also determine the efficiency of your building’s lighting systems. This way, you can calculate how much energy you’re using on lighting and identify ways to reduce energy consumption in lighting – for example, switching to more energy-efficient light sources like LED lights.
  • Insulation
    While lighting and HVAC units actively consume energy, insulation is a passive device to help reduce energy consumption by keeping inside temperatures more consistent. If a commercial energy audit reveals a flawed insulation system, you can take appropriate measures to improve your commercial building’s insulation.
  • Financial analysis
    Once the audit is complete, a financial analysis is provided. This analysis gives an estimate on the potential cost savings, return on investment (ROI) and payback periods associated with implementing recommended energy efficiency measures. This helps building owners and managers make informed decisions about which measures to prioritise in order to save money and their reduce carbon footprint.

Want to save cash as well as help the environment? Give Spectra Electrical a call. We’re Sydney’s favourite team for commercial property management, helping you identify energy inefficiency within your building and making necessary upgrades. Our experienced electricians have a strong focus on quality work and excellent service. Just get in touch with our team to arrange an inspection today.