Energy audits: how to tailor to context?
An energy audit includes an inspection of the building and equipment, how it is used, identification of savings potentials and measures, and recommendations on measures to save energy. Energy audits can be helpful instruments to solve the following problems:
- Your target group's lack of knowledge about their own energy use
- Lack of visibility of energy use and opportunities for savings
Energy audits can help to trigger energy efficiency investments, but they can also reveal low-cost opportunities for saving energy via changes in routines and habitual behaviour.
Audits are most feasible to provide for larger energy users (organizations), but are also available to households in some countries. They are most successful:
- When customers believe that the auditors are impartial and qualified (so check certification schemes operating in your country)
- When subsidies are available to reduce audit costs for the target group
- When energy end-users and key decision-makers are involved in the audit and understand its findings
- When the audit is based on an identification of the specific needs of your target group.
Audit findings are not always implemented! If they are not implemented, energy is not saved.
Key aspects of the audit process that influence implementation include:
► Communication and involvement of end-users (and key decision-makers)·
► Identification of the specific needs and problems of your target group
► Availability of technical and financial support for implementing improvement measures
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