Energy Conservation Project Stages

by / Monday, 25 July 2016 / Published in Energy, Energy Auditing, Project Management

The most important part of any project is the beginning steps, and energy conservation projects are no different.  It is very important that the first steps taken…often an energy audit…are performed correctly to thoroughly and accurately uncover energy conservation measures.

An energy conservation project can be divided into the following 5 stages.

Energycons_stage1

Each stage has both a cost and an importance associated with it.  Relative costs are:

 

Energycons_stage2

Relative Importance to the success of the project, looks quite different:

Energycons_stage3

As you can see, there is a huge mismatch between the cost and the importance of each stage, with the most significant difference in the energy auditing portion of the project. Which begs the question: If you are saving 20% on the cost of an audit (or about 0.3% of the project cost) by selecting a less experienced auditing firm, are you really saving?

Scott Martin, P.Eng., CMVP

Scott is President and Owner at Efficiency Engineering. He has more than 25 years in the energy efficiency field and has been with EE since 1994.

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