Energy Audit

Energy Audit
Energy Audit
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An energy audit helps develop an inventory and pattern of operation of energy equipment within a health facility, which enables the cost-effective planning and management of energy supply systems.

An initial load and energy analysis of an off-grid health facility is a critical component to facilitate the design and operation of energy supply systems. When properly executed, a load analysis can yield valuable insights into facility energy usage that can help reduce energy costs, increase productivity, and protect critical assets.

The primary objective of any energy audit is to calculate the amount of energy that a facility will need on a daily basis for the loads on the premises. The audit should help health facility managers decide which types of energy supply—a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, diesel generator, liquid petroleum gas (LPG)–based power system, grid power extension, or even a biomass-based power generator—make the most sense at the site.

Thus, the major objectives of health facility energy audits are to:

  • Provide a description of site energy use patterns and management practices;
  • Identify areas of potential energy cost savings and improved efficiency;
  • Identify methods of energy management to achieve, maintain, and recognize further potential savings and efficient use; and
  • Provide recommendations that will enable the design and/or expansion of appropriate energy system solutions at the site. For example, an audit might guide the energy system manager to choose a larger generator, a PV/generator set hybrid, or better thermal systems.
  • Energy Audit Guide

    This guide presents a step-by-step approach to conducting energy audits that are helpful in the design, procurement, and maintenance of effective energy systems in off-grid health facilities. View the guide

  • Energy Audit Reporting Worksheets

    These worksheets help users document and organize energy usage in an off-grid health facility. View the worksheets

Last updated: June 18, 2020

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