Since 2014, the law in Sweden requires that large companies perform energy audits every four years.
Energy audits is a process involving the measurement of total energy consumption within a company over a defined period. While adhering to this regulatory requirement is essential, there are compelling reasons for organizations to integrate energy audits into their daily work practices.
Typically, energy audits take a few months. The most critical part is to gathering documentation in form of drawings, measurement protocols, and operation and maintenance instructions. The accuracy of collected data is vital in identifying potential areas for energy savings, leading to cost reductions.
What data do you use for energy audits?
A traditional energy audits involves setting up a number of measurement points over a period, to track the energy consumption and identify energy-intensive processes.
Acquiring precise measurement data in an industry is a challenge. Often, the base load is almost always higher than you think, and despite precise measurements, residual energy consumption remains challenging to determine.
By implementing continuing energy monitoring, significantly enhances data quality and precision in energy consumption analysis. For instance, using wireless IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) sensors like SenseNodes facilitates monthly monitoring of energy usage, revealing valuable insights into how, where, and when energy is utilized.
Greater savings when energy audits become part of your daily work
Given the escalating energy prices and the trend towards phasing out fossil fuels in favour of electricity, maintaining control over energy consumption becomes imperative. Real-time energy monitoring ensures that organizations can promptly respond to rising energy costs and detect unnecessary base loads, such as machines operating with high standby power even during idle periods. It also helps identify inefficient systems, enabling their replacement before breakdowns occur.
Conducting energy audits in adherence to legal requirements becomes more streamlined and cost-effective through on-site measurement practices. Employees tasked with energy audits can perform certain duties remotely, reducing travel expenses and minimizing physical visits. This cost-efficient approach contributes significantly to overall sustainability, particularly for larger companies operating across multiple facilities nationwide.
Real-time measurement data availability enables organizations to evaluate the effectiveness of energy-efficient measures. Armed with tangible data on the rate of return on such initiatives, companies can better engage with contractors responsible for installing energy-saving components.
Team up with SenseNode on your next energy audits
To assist companies in implementing energy monitoring and audits, SenseNode offers expertise and solutions for real-time data analysis. We collaborate with certified energy audits consultants ensures compliance with mandatory audits requirements every four years.
For further details on potential cost savings and the benefits of integrating energy audits into your daily operations, get in touch with us.