A practical guide to identifying energy saving opportunities
What is an energy survey?
An energy survey is a systematic review of how energy is used within a building or industrial site. It includes a physical inspection of buildings and equipment, which can range from a simple visual inspection to a fully instrumented study.
There are three types of survey:
The guide below should enable you to undertake a walk-through survey, to help you identify ways to improve your organisation's energy efficiency. An investment grade survey will require an experienced professional.
Our 52-page guide to energy surveys is for anyone with responsibility for reducing the energy use of their organisation. It will also help anyone who wants to know more about energy surveys. The guidance is based on the experiences of the Carbon Trust’s survey programme and is intended to help you and your organisation find practical opportunities to save energy.
This guide has been developed to help all sectors (industrial, commercial and public). It is based on the energy survey of a single site or building, but the techniques and advice can be extended to cover multiple sites.
It provides a structured framework for a simple ‘walk-through’ energy survey, supported by guides to the more common processes and services.
Any survey you carry out with the help of this guide will only be a first step on your journey to lower energy costs, improved environmental performance, and the benefits of active energy management. But it will be a start, and in the course of your survey you will probably make immediate savings by detecting and rectifying some obvious areas where money is being wasted.
Publication date Sept 2011; Publication code CTG055
Information in this report was correct at the time of publication
The Carbon Trust can help your company take advantage of the business opportunities in energy efficiency. Some of the services that can help your business include: