Undertaking an equipment audit

An energy equipment audit can range from a simple walk-around checking what is left on after hours to an extensive review by an energy efficiency professional. The more in-depth reviews include real measurements for equipment energy use, and can generate estimates of greenhouse gas and financial savings estimates for equipment upgrades.

Internal audits

CitySwitch recommends the NABERS Energy Management Guide for Tenants for a comprehensive guide to all the energy efficiency steps tenants can take including basic and advanced auditing.

For small to medium enterprises CitySwitch provides:

  • An set of auditing toolkits take users through series of checklists to investigate where obvious gains may be made in reducing energy waste.
  • Information and toolkits for behaviour change that explain how to use the data from the audit to communicate the impact of switch off behaviours to staff.
Small to medium offices can use these tools to review their usage and take some significant steps towards energy savings in their Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

External  audits

Equipment auditing can form part of a broader exercise in reviewing the whole tenancy. The CitySwitch page on undertaking a green office audit looks at equipment audit in this wider context and gives advice and assistance on engaging contractors for specialist expertise.


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