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What is an Energy Audit?

The need to reduce energy costs is a crucial business practice for successful organizations, and
energy audits have begun to play a more significant role in managing energy expenses. Energy
audits can encompass a variety of surveying techniques but most commonly consist of an
analysis of energy usage within a building or facility and its contained equipment. Energy audits
can be ASHRAE Level I, II, or III for conditioned space, or comprehensive or tactical energy
surveys for industrial facilities. Audits include comprehensive lists of energy efficiency measures
derived from building and facility performance. Energy audits also include financial analysis for
each identified measure. Energy audits can use information from building management systems
(BMS) with the goal of reducing energy usage without negatively impacting the companys
everyday practices. Industrial energy audits often focus on key aspects of the overall system that
tend to use the most energy. Common examples of audited equipment include HVAC, lighting,
and plug load.
What is Energy Audit
Energy today has become a key factor in deciding the product cost at micro level as well as in
dictating the inflation and the debt burden at the macro level. Energy cost is a
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significant factor in economic activity. On per with factors of production like
capital, land and labor. The imperatives of an energy shortage situation calls for
energy conservation measure, which essentially mean using less energy for the
same level of activity. Energy Audit attempts to balance the total energy inputs
with its use and serves to identify all the energy streams in the systems and
quantifies energy usages according to its discrete function. Energy Audit helps in
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energy cost optimization, pollution control, safety aspects and suggests the
methods to improve the operating & maintenance practices of the system. It is instrumental in
coping with the situation of variation in energy cost availability, reliability of energy supply,
decision on appropriate energy mix, decision on using improved energy conservation equipments.
instrumentations and technology.

Objectives of Energy Audit


The Energy Audit provides the vital information base for overall energy conservation program
covering essentially energy utilization analysis and evaluation of energy conservation measures. It
aims at:
Identifying the quality and cost of various energy inputs.
Assessing present pattern of energy consumption in different cost centers of operations.
Relating energy inputs and production output.
Identifying potential areas of thermal and electrical energy economy.
Highlighting wastages in major areas.
Fixing of energy saving potential targets for individual cost centers.
Implementation of measures for energy conservation & realization of savings.

Benefits of Energy Audit from PCRA:


Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), under the aegis of MOP&NG, since its
inception in the year 1978, has been actively engaged in formulating strategies to promote
energy efficiency and conservation of petroleum products for sustainable development,
energy security and environment protection.
PCRA has been the nodal agency in the country for many energy efficiency programmes
across far and wide corner of the country penetrating to almost every sector of energy
consumers viz. Industrial, Transport, Domestic and Agriculture etc.
PCRA has a qualified and well experienced pool of manpower drawn from oil sector PSUs
and to undertake such jobs.
During the last 25 years, PCRA conducted more than 12,000 energy audits in small, medium
and large industries.