Energy audits - 100% Renewables

Energy Audits

It is often said that energy efficiency is the ‘first fuel’, and in a hierarchy of actions to reduce energy costs and emissions, decreasing energy consumption remains one of the first things a business should do. As electricity grids transition to renewables and fossil fuel power stations shut, volatility in electricity markets means that prices may increase for business. Having a sound energy management strategy and continuously improving your energy efficiency and productivity can insulate you against this risk.

An energy audit is one of the tools that your business can use from time to time to help you measure your current performance, identify quick-win opportunities, reset efficiency and productivity targets, re-prioritise your action plans, and develop business cases for projects that may be eligible for grant funding.

Our energy audit services comply with Australia’s standard for energy audits being AS/NZS 3598 (commercial, industrial and transport), as well as the international ISO standard on Energy management systems ISO 50001. Depending on your needs, you can choose from three types of energy audits, including basic (Type 1), detailed (Type 2) or precision subsystem audits (Type 3).

How do we deliver energy audits?

Our approach to delivering energy audits is to be systematic, efficient, and thorough. At the outset, we will develop a step plan with you and will report to you weekly or two-weekly to discuss progress, barriers, successes and next steps.

We will develop a comprehensive energy footprint of the systems and sites we are assessing, based on your detailed electricity and gas consumption data and billing. We will immediately assess opportunities for tariff optimisation, negotiating better rates, power factor correction, peak demand reduction and offpeak energy demand. We will also benchmark your facility or processes against comparable metrics.

Site visits will inspect and audit all equipment and will sub-meter plant and processes where this is included in the scope. Between site inspections, data analysis and engagement with your staff, we will develop a long list of ideas for energy and cost saving, including basic waste reduction, behavioural change, metering and monitoring systems improvement, control upgrades, equipment retrofits and implementation of new technologies, including processes, services and renewable energy options. We will present you with this list for review and discussion.

Through a review of the opportunities with you, we will agree on those that are highest priority to progress with a more detailed business case assessment. We will proceed to develop business cases for these opportunities to determine their scope, costs, savings and return on investment.

We will develop an energy audit report for your facility or processes that includes an analysis of your energy footprint and benchmarking, a recommended action plan for feasible and cost-effective actions to reduce energy, cost and emissions, the business cases for high-priority improvements, and a full list of all opportunities that were identified.

Our energy audit services comply with Australia’s standard for energy audits being AS/NZS 3598 (commercial, industrial and transport), as well as the international ISO standard on Energy management systems ISO 50001. Depending on your needs, you can choose from three types of energy audits, including basic (Type 1), detailed (Type 2) or precision subsystem audits (Type 3).

Our approach to delivering energy audits is to be systematic, efficient, and thorough. At the outset, we will develop a step plan with you and will report to you weekly or two-weekly to discuss progress, barriers, successes and next steps.

We will develop a comprehensive energy footprint of the systems and sites we are assessing, based on your detailed electricity and gas consumption data and billing. We will immediately assess opportunities for tariff optimisation, negotiating better rates, power factor correction, peak demand reduction and offpeak energy demand. We will also benchmark your facility or processes against comparable metrics.

Site visits will inspect and audit all equipment and will sub-meter plant and processes where this is included in the scope. Between site inspections, data analysis and engagement with your staff, we will develop a long list of ideas for energy and cost saving, including basic waste reduction, behavioural change, metering and monitoring systems improvement, control upgrades, equipment retrofits and implementation of new technologies, including processes, services and renewable energy options. We will present you with this list for review and discussion.

Through a review of the opportunities with you, we will agree on those that are highest priority to progress with a more detailed business case assessment. We will proceed to develop business cases for these opportunities to determine their scope, costs, savings and return on investment.

We will develop an energy audit report for your facility or processes that includes an analysis of your energy footprint and benchmarking, a recommended action plan for feasible and cost-effective actions to reduce energy, cost and emissions, the business cases for high-priority improvements, and a full list of all opportunities that were identified.

Increasingly, it is expected that you set science-based targets and consider moving towards net zero emissions. We can help you set targets and show how the opportunities that we’ll identify in our energy audit can contribute to meeting your targets.

What will you get throughout the project delivery?

Energy baseline

  • Deep insight into your energy use and cost
  • Clear understanding of your major energy-using processes and equipment
  • Quick win opportunities that you can implement today

Analysis and report

  • Set of prioritised recommendations for energy and cost savings
  • Short, medium, and long term action plan
  • Buy-in from senior management
  • Projects to include in your next year’s budget

Site energy audit

  • Detailed itemised database of all your energy-using plant and equipment
  • Long list of all the opportunities that might be available to your plant today and into the future
  • Input into expansion or new works that can improve the efficiency of those projects

For further information, please download our Energy Audit brochure

What Our Clients Say
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“Our experience with 100% Renewables was very valuable and eye-opening. In assessing how Council could achieve its target of 100% renewable energy by 2030, we found many opportunities for energy and emission reduction we had not previously considered. We also found that the 100% Renewables team not only provided a detailed list of actions to achieve our target, but also advised on how to approach each project, who to consult with, and what should be prioritised. Their willingness to see as many sites and as many stakeholders as possible ultimately added the weight to the final report needed to get projects off the ground. The best part of our experience was getting to understand our own sites better through the site visits, connecting with different organisations through the stakeholder meetings, learning how to assess sites and find where energy is being consumed, finding out how many opportunities Council has to reduce energy consumption (that were previously unknown) and simplifying the process to achieving the ambitious target of 100% renewables through many individual and costed steps.”

Sam Kelley Sustainable Project Officer, Randwick City Council

“Patrick and Barbara are great at listening to our needs as their customer. The strategy was tailored to our organisational needs and strategic directions while also incorporating their expert advice.”

Shannon Khalifeh Sustainability Manager Warrigal Aged Care

"100% Renewables provide a great service in identifying measures to reduce Council's energy consumption and carbon footprint particularly in the areas of energy efficiency and solar opportunities. They were great to work with - very responsive to Council's needs and efficient.”

Tanya Cross Sustainability and Natural Assets Coordinator, MidCoast Council

What our clients say about us

Julia Seddon General Manager Corporate Affairs, Inghams

100% Renewables are professional, engaging renewable energy and carbon experts, the right sort of people to work with if you want to achieve transformational change in pragmatic steps. They spend time understanding the organisation's current state and it's readiness for change before identifying options for the future and steps to get there.”

Dr. Roger Attwater Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Western Sydney University

We have worked with 100% Renewables on a number of important energy strategies for our organization. What we liked best in the recent project delivery was how 100% Renewables engaged with our team in collaboratively developing the plan within a tight timeframe.

Shannon Khalifeh Sustainability Manager Warrigal Aged Care

The 100% Renewables team are great at listening to our needs as their customer. The strategy was tailored to our organisational needs and strategic directions while also incorporating their expert advice.”

Dennis Frost USC Operations Manager, University of the Sunshine Coast

The best part of our experience with 100% Renewables was their personal, professional and partnership approach. Their team is focused on professional output..”

Michael Mathias Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Uniting

100% Renewables is responsive, proactive and effective communicators. I cannot fault the service.”

Deb Matthews Environmental Sustainability, Anglican Care

100% Renewables is always easy to work with. Great people to work with who get results.”

Matt O'Hara Chief Executive Officer, Oak Flats Bowling and Recreational Club and Illawarra Yacht Club

At times during our sustainability journey, we have needed leadership and guidance to achieve our goals. To this end, we are very proud to be Australia's first and only Climate Active certified Carbon Neutral Registered Club. We could not have achieved this without the expertise, leadership and guidance we received from 100% Renewables over the past years. I would have no hesitation in recommending 100% Renewables as your sustainability partner.

Emma Brannigan Commercial Director, Hartmann

The team at 100% Renewables helped us clearly identify what we needed to do, and the best way to approach it, all while setting up a framework and working document that laid out the information required. The 100% Renewables team is extremely knowledgeable, happy to challenge, and so positive and realistic- it has been a pleasure working with them!”

Dan West Manager Sustainability, Environment and Waste, City of Bayswater

100% Renewables know their stuff and bring independent expertise and experience to help you achieve your emission reduction objectives. What we liked best is their customer focus and interest to understand and work with us.

Jessica Marsh Sustainability Officer – Strategic & Environmental Planning, Kempsey Shire Council

I would say that the team at 100% Renewables are extremely professional and talented, and they made an initially daunting task manageable, and we worked with each other every step of the way. The team have great technical skills as well as engagement approaches that work well together. They were easy to deal with, always contactable and delivered our strategy on time, thank you!

Ken Wilson Waste & Sustainability Coordinator, Clarence Valley Council

Barbara and Patrick made our experience with 100% Renewables so easy, they quickly assessed our needs and were able to deliver advice is a practical, friendly and professional manner. 100% Renewables have the knowledge, expertise and capacity to deliver high-quality advice presented in a way that meets the brief and is meaningful to the client organisation.

Gary Murphy General Manager, Lismore City Council

Lismore City Council has set itself the ambitious goal to be self-sufficient in electricity use by 2023. Sustainable Business Consulting was selected to analyse our energy situation, consult with staff and Councillors and to deliver our Renewable Energy Master Plan. They were professional and engaging in their delivery and provided great value to Council. I would recommend them to any organisation who are looking for a long-term renewable energy plan

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Apart from saving you money, improving energy efficiency means that your renewable energy needs will be smaller, which can make your journey to net-zero emissions less expensive.

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