Your Low-Cost Electrical Audit: What to Test, and How

06-27-2013 | Energy efficiency

Energy conservation programs don't have to entail major investments in new equipment and systems. Often facilities maintenance teams and/or outside contractors can achieve significant savings in electric power used and billed just by testing and tuning up the systems they have today. With just operational changes or different maintenance practices, they can find savings to strengthen the bottom line, reinvest for even greater savings, or both.

The skilled labor and test tools used for such an audit don't come free, but their cost can be minimal when measured against the possible savings. The table below provides an overview of what systems to test, which tools to use, how to test and how to mitigate problems you find in major electrical distribution and motor-powered plant systems. Contractors or facility maintenance teams can use this process to show facility leadership savings that are simple to execute, and promote an incremental approach: start small, offer savings all the way through, and add new steps as they secure savings.

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