September 20, 2014

Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Energetic Communities Association Inc. is actively working on an energy efficient future and targeting a 100% Renewable Energy society.  We work in collaboration with other community organisations to find the best solutions for all.

With the increased awareness of climate change and increasing costs of energy, businesses, not-for-profits and homeowners are looking for opportunities to reduce both energy costs and harmful greenhouse gas emissions from energy use. Energy efficiency refers to the energy used per unit of service provided, such as how much energy is required to heat or cool a room.  Energy conservation on the other hand refers to reducing the demand for energy by not using unnecessary services and appliances to begin with, such as not using air conditioners to cool vacant rooms (even if it is efficient).  Improving the efficiency and conversation of energy use reduces our demand on limited resources, leading to both cost savings and increased sustainability.  Without these combined strategies, you will continue to receive elevated energy bills for your home or business.

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Energetic Communities Association Inc. undertakes energy audits following Australian Standard 3598:2000 – Energy Audits. Energy audits identify significant energy costs, as well as the largest and most cost-effective greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction opportunities. Energy efficiency and conservation is the first step in reducing energy costs and is central to any sustainable energy program. Individual, local and national renewable energy targets are also easier to satisfy if overall energy demand is reduced.

Energetic Communities Association Inc. provides energy efficiency and conservation services that are directed at domestic, industrial and government clients. We can offer clients a holistic appraisal of energy-using equipment, consumption patterns and behaviour related to energy use.  With a range of resources available, Energetic Communities Association Inc. can also save you money by identifying opportunities for shared costing, such as options during refurbishment. Additionally, we also specialize in the design and implementation of Energy Management Plans to reduce both your energy costs and GHG emissions.

Energetic Communities Association Inc. will give you a list of action priorities, including no-cost and low-cost options with recommendations for more expensive options where appropriate.

Level 1 Audit:

A Level 1 Audit investigates the overall energy consumption of the site and provides a general overview. It is usually in the form of a desktop study, but can also include a site visit if requested. Level 1 Audits are often treated as a first step.

Level 2 Audit:

A Level 2 Audit investigates the sources of energy to the site, the amount supplied and what it is used for. A Level 2 Audit also identifies where savings can be made, recommending energy saving measures including up-front costs and potential savings.

Level 3 Audit:

A Level 3 Audit gives a detailed investigation of the overall energy consumption of the site (or industrial process), including energy usage, potential savings and costs. A Level 3 Audit goes beyond a Level 2 Audit by including a detailed economic analysis, justifying significant investment where appropriate. A Level 3 Audit is often undertaken for larger industrial clients.

Energy Management Plans:

Energetic Communities Association Inc. will also design an Energy Management Plan (EMP) for clients that provides a framework for energy reduction strategies, listing key areas and priorities. The EMP lists the costs and specific tasks required to reduce energy demand, as well as identifies responsible people in your organisation to ensure energy reduction activities are maintained. The EMP also stipulates how monitoring and targeting will be achieved.

Monitoring and Targeting:

Monitoring and Targeting (M&T) is one of the most important components of an EMP. Targets need to be set to obtain real energy and cost savings and only monitoring will tell us if we are being successful in our EMP. At the very least, Energetic Communities Association Inc. will examine your energy use after 12 months.