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During an energy efficiency audit, a trained engineer conducts an analysis of your facility’s energy use and identifies opportunities for enhanced efficiency that are likely to save your organization money and improve your environmental performance.

Many utilities provide free energy efficiency audits for large commercial operations. Contact your energy provider to find out if they offer a free or subsidized energy audit or other low cost options for evaluating your facility’s energy use. Many utilities will also assist your organization in finding rebates, subsidies and other incentives for energy efficiency improvements.

Your organization may also want to consult an energy service company (ESCO), which can conduct an energy audit and finance and install energy efficiency improvements, sometimes in exchange for a share of the energy cost savings. For a directory of ESCOs, visit the National Association of Energy Service Companies database.

Click here for contact information for energy audit providers in your city.

Atlanta: Contact Georgia Power at 888-655-5888 for a free energy audit.

Boston: Contact NSTAR Electric at 781-441-8592 for a free energy audit. If your team receives power from a utility other than NSTAR, contact your suppliers to see if they offer similar programs.

Brooklyn: Contact NYSERDA at 1-866-NYSERDA or info@nyserda.org for an energy audit through their Flex Tech Program.

Chicago: Call ComEd at 888-806-2273 to learn about their energy audits and other efficiency programs.

Dallas: Contact TXU at 800-368-1728 for an energy audit.

Denver: Contact Xcel Energy at 800-481-4700 for information about their on-site energy assessments and efficiency services. 

Houston: Contact TXU at 800-368-1728 for an energy audit.

Los Angeles: Contact the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at 818-902-3477 for a free energy audit.

Memphis: Contact Memphis Light Gas & Water at (901) 528-4270 for a free energy audit through their Business e-Valuation Program.

Miami: Contact Florida Power and Light at 800-375-5566 for a free business energy saving evaluation.

Milwaukee: Contact Focus On Energy at 800-762-7077 to learn more about their energy audit programs.

Minneapolis: Contact the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program at (612) 624-1300 for a free energy assessment. Also contact Xcel Energy at 800-481-4700 for information about their on-site energy assessments and efficiency services.

New York: Contact NYSERDA at 1-866-NYSERDA or info@nyserda.org for an energy audit through their Flex Tech Program.

Oakland: For a free energy audit, call contact East Bay Energy Partnership’s Building Tune-Up Program at 866-716-9400 for a free energy audit, or call Pacific Gas and Electric at 800-468-4743.

Orlando: For a free energy audit, contact the Orlando Utilities Commission at 407-423-9018

Philadelphia: Several utilities provide energy audits to their customers in Pennsylvania, including PEPCOConstellation, and PPL EnergyPlus. Contact your own utility to see what services they provide.

Phoenix:  Call the Salt River Project at 602-236-8888 for a free energy audit, or visit SRP: Business electric services for more information. The Arizona Public Service Company also offers services to promote energy efficiency. Contact them at 866-277-5605, or APS.solutionsforbusiness@kema.com to learn more about these opportunities.

Portland: Contact the Energy Trust of Oregon at 866-368-7878 or info@energytrust.org for a free energy audit

Sacramento: Contact the Sacramento Municipal Utility District at 877-622-SMUD or commercial@smud.org to see if your facility is eligible for a free energy audit.

San Antonio: Contact CPS Energy at (210) 353-2222 for a free commercial energy audit.

TorontoVisit the City of Toronto for a list of energy management firms that will conduct energy audits and assist your team with its energy efficiency initiatives. Consider joining the Toronto Better Buildings Partnership, which provides technical assistance for businesses looking to improve the efficiency of their energy use. Contact them at 416-392-1500 for information.

Washington DC: Several electricity providers in the DC area, including Pepco Energy Services (703-253-1800, energy@pepcoenergy.com) and Constellation Energy (1-800-436-3749), provide energy audits for their customers. Contact your own suppliers to learn more about the services they provide. In addition, the District of Columbia has plans to begin an energy audit program for large businesses. Visit the DC Energy Office’s Energy Efficiency Programs for Businesses for updates.

Energy audits save money

Reducing your energy consumption is smart business.

Through the installation of energy efficient LED lighting and electronically-commutated motors (ECMs) on refrigeration systems at stores and warehouses, Stop & Shop has saved $4 million in cost savings and utility rebates between 2008 and 2011. With the assistance of Bluestone Energy Services, these upgrades have saved over 46 million kWh in four years, with an average payback period of two years.

Between 1990 and 2008, IBM avoided 5,000,000 MWh of energy, yielding savings of over $340 million in direct energy expenses through energy conservation initiatives. IBM’s energy strategy now aims for even more reductions through efficiency and conservation, targeting a total reduction of 1.1 million MWh between 2009 and 2012. As of 2011, IBM has already made progress towards that goal, reducing electricity use by 523,000 MWh and saving an additional $50 million.

Between 2000 and 2006, with the assistance of Avista Advantage (now Ecova), an energy consulting company, Food Lion reduced energy consumption in its stores by 25%, even though its total number of stores increased. Through a variety of upgrades to lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration systems, the company has saved $105 million. Case Study

What is an energy efficiency audit?

An energy efficiency audit analyzes and evaluates your organization’s existing energy use with an eye towards financial savings. Individual audits can vary, but they are likely to cover the following items:

  • Available incentives
    • Equipment rebates
    • Time-of-use discounts
    • Tax rebates and credits
  • Baseline energy use profile
  • Building envelope improvements
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems
    • Retrofit and replacement
    • Improved schedules
    • Improved placement of thermostats and air sensors
    • Improved computer programs
  • Lighting
    • Installation of timers and automatic sensors
    • Replacement of light fixtures and bulbs
    • Improved scheduling
  • Plumbing improvements
    • Identification of leaks
    • Improved pipe insulation
  • Overall design of your organization’s energy management program
  • Solar and wind power feasibility studies
Click here for contact information for energy audit providers in your city.

Atlanta: Contact Georgia Power at 888-655-5888 for a free energy audit.

Boston: Contact NSTAR Electric at 781-441-8592 for a free energy audit. If your team receives power from a utility other than NSTAR, contact your suppliers to see if they offer similar programs.

Brooklyn: Contact NYSERDA at 1-866-NYSERDA or info@nyserda.org for an energy audit through their Flex Tech Program.

Chicago: Call ComEd at 888-806-2273 to learn about their energy audits and other efficiency programs.

Dallas: Contact TXU at 800-368-1728 for an energy audit.

Denver: Contact Xcel Energy at 800-481-4700 for information about their on-site energy assessments and efficiency services. 

Houston: Contact TXU at 800-368-1728 for an energy audit.

Los Angeles: Contact the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at 818-902-3477 for a free energy audit.

Memphis: Contact Memphis Light Gas & Water at (901) 528-4270 for a free energy audit through their Business e-Valuation Program.

Miami: Contact Florida Power and Light at 800-375-5566 for a free business energy saving evaluation.

Milwaukee: Contact Focus On Energy at 800-762-7077 to learn more about their energy audit programs.

Minneapolis: Contact the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program at (612) 624-1300 for a free energy assessment. Also contact Xcel Energy at 800-481-4700 for information about their on-site energy assessments and efficiency services.

New York: Contact NYSERDA at 1-866-NYSERDA or info@nyserda.org for an energy audit through their Flex Tech Program.

Oakland: For a free energy audit, call contact East Bay Energy Partnership’s Building Tune-Up Program at 866-716-9400 for a free energy audit, or call Pacific Gas and Electric at 800-468-4743.

Orlando: For a free energy audit, contact the Orlando Utilities Commission at 407-423-9018

Philadelphia: Several utilities provide energy audits to their customers in Pennsylvania, including PEPCOConstellation, and PPL EnergyPlus. Contact your own utility to see what services they provide.

Phoenix:  Call the Salt River Project at 602-236-8888 for a free energy audit, or visit SRP: Business electric services for more information. The Arizona Public Service Company also offers services to promote energy efficiency. Contact them at 866-277-5605, or APS.solutionsforbusiness@kema.com to learn more about these opportunities.

Portland: Contact the Energy Trust of Oregon at 866-368-7878 or info@energytrust.org for a free energy audit

Sacramento: Contact the Sacramento Municipal Utility District at 877-622-SMUD or commercial@smud.org to see if your facility is eligible for a free energy audit.

San Antonio: Contact CPS Energy at (210) 353-2222 for a free commercial energy audit.

TorontoVisit the City of Toronto for a list of energy management firms that will conduct energy audits and assist your team with its energy efficiency initiatives. Consider joining the Toronto Better Buildings Partnership, which provides technical assistance for businesses looking to improve the efficiency of their energy use. Contact them at 416-392-1500 for information.

Washington DC: Several electricity providers in the DC area, including Pepco Energy Services (703-253-1800, energy@pepcoenergy.com) and Constellation Energy (1-800-436-3749), provide energy audits for their customers. Contact your own suppliers to learn more about the services they provide. In addition, the District of Columbia has plans to begin an energy audit program for large businesses. Visit the DC Energy Office’s Energy Efficiency Programs for Businesses for updates.

Environmental Benefits

Electric power plants are the country’s largest industrial source of the pollutants that cause global warming, acid rain, and mercury poisoning in lakes and rivers. By conducting an energy audit your organization can identify ways to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels and its emission of greenhouse gases, as well as other pollutants such as sulfur dioxide (causes acid rain), nitrous oxide (creates ground level ozone and causes respiratory disease), mercury (poisons streams and lakes and causes neurological damage), and fine particulate matter (causes respiratory disease).

Additional Resources

Step by step example of auditing methodology
EPA – Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator
EPA – Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Environmental Benefits and Cost Savings Calculator for Purchasers
Energy Star Savings Calculators
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency