Reducing your annual energy spend after commercial energy audit

Commercial Energy Audits Done Right

Current market conditions now dictate that you reduce your carbon emissions.  If all you do is use carbon offsets or renewable energy certificates, the ESG rating agencies will ignore those.  ESG rating agencies like Fitch Sustainable and Sustainalytics see carbon offsets and renewable certificates as piggybacking on someone else’s efforts. You can hurt your ESG rating if you use them to make up for not reducing your emissions.  The quickest and least costly approach is to have a commercial energy audit done right.  

Low-hanging fruit can negatively impact measures you need to be making.  However, by then, you’ve screwed the pooch, and there’s no going back and fixing that.  Even most LEED Gold buildings are not carbon-neutral. Many of those who claim to be, have used carbon offsets or renewable energy credits to make up for it.  Factoring in the pandemic, we see the markets starting to price climate risk into the value of securities.  We see increasing insurance and loan rates based on your ESG reporting.  The rating agencies increasingly see all those annual 100-year floods and other weather events as putting pressure on your revenue streams.

Now is the time to have a commercial energy audit done right.  Let Apollo Energies make you a carbon-neutral company.

The key takeaway here is you need to become carbon-neutral as soon as possible. The quickest way to become carbon-neutral is to reduce your annual energy use and become Zero Net Energy (ZNE).  If not, ZNE, then as close as you can.  Becoming carbon-neutral, you will see an immediate increase in your positive cash flow. Using generally accepted accounting principles, we can get your ROI in year one.  You will be able to add tangible results to your ESG report.

Getting a commercial energy audit is a starting point in a multi-faceted process that will only yield results when appropriately managed.  Here is where Apollo Energies comes in.  We work this process for you to ensure you get the benefits previously noted. 

The net zero economy is arriving

Staying competitive in today’s global marketplace, your company must address the demands for environmental, social, and governance data by investors, stakeholders, regulators, retailers, and consumers. The market is no longer content with single CSR efforts and one-off sustainability initiatives. Instead, it wants greater transparency into how businesses act to reduce climate change, create more circular products, and provide transparency into their global supply chains and social impacts.

Addressing the impacts of climate change will require a significant effort not seen since the Industrial Revolution.  As a result, it will require a whole new way of thinking about how we use energy in the buildings we operate.  If you fail to become carbon-neutral, you will increasingly be seen as investment risk and business liability. Don’t let that happen to you.  

Apollo Energies pioneered the project-managed-based holistic approach to helping you become carbon-neutral without all the gimmicks.  Our process guarantees savings and ensures you have

Heating & Cooling Efficiently

Commercial energy audits

Here are some DIY tips you can use in the office or at home. Knowing how your building operates is critical to understanding how to reduce its energy use.  You cannot fix what you do not know is broken.  You cannot manage what you do not measure.    Below are some things you can do yourself or contact us for a commercial energy audit.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months. A dirty filter will slow down airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. 

A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and early system failure.

Tune-Up Your HVAC Equipment Yearly

Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve the efficiency and comfort of the office.

Install a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is ideal for managing temperature settings throughout the day and week.  The thermostat can use programmed settings to you about $180 every year in energy costs.

Seal Your Heating
and Cooling Ducts

Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent — and sometimes much more.

Install ENERGY STAR qualified Heating and Cooling Equipment

If your HVAC equipment is more than ten years old or not keeping your house comfortable, have it evaluated by a professional HVAC contractor. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading, consider replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR. Depending on where you work, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $200. 

But before you invest in a new HVAC system, make sure that you have addressed the significant air leaks in your building and the duct system. Sometimes, these are the true source of problems rather than your HVAC equipment.

Ask About Proper Installation of Your new equipment

Replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with new, energy-efficient models is a great start. Improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent — costing you more on your utility bills and possibly shortening the equipment’s life.

 tangible evidence to add to your ESG reports.  Using carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates are gimmicks that piggyback off someone else’s efforts.  Using offsets and certificates should only be used after you’ve reduced your energy use on the assets you have control over.  

Credit rating agencies, like Sustainalytics, frown on carbon offsets and renewable energy credits without first taking steps to reduce the carbon emissions in the buildings you operate.  Included in this is leaseholders, even those with full-service leases. While you aren’t paying the utility bills, your landlord is.  If their building is not carbon-neutral, neither are you. It will reflect negatively on your company’s sustainability ratings.

 

 

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