Conservation Engineering - Methods
Conservation Engineering (CE) works with client organizations to develop project goals. CE then applies engineering and scientific principals along with in-depth knowledge of facilities to your specific institution toward improving operations and equipment. Engineering fees for each phase of the project are stated in advance. They depend upon current energy usage, the scope of the facilities and implemented improvements. There are generally three phases to the project.
In the initial phase, CE rates your facility's energy efficiency, establishes a baseline for future savings, and determines its fee structure by examining your energy usage (electric, gas, fuel oil, etc.) over the past year or more. CE produces a report showing baseline and seasonal energy usage and identifies the energy suppliers' cost structure (service fees plus incremental costs). The report compares usage to industry norms to indicate approximate potential savings.
During the study phase, CE reviews your facility in detail to determine where and how energy is used, power quality, and equipment efficiency (lighting, HVAC, etc.). CE produces a detailed set of recommendations for your facility. Each recommendation will describe the current conditions, the improvement, and the business case. The business case includes the costs, supportive government programs (such as tax credits), expected energy savings, cost savings, payback period, and the increase in property value. Note: Operational improvements will have little or no cost and can be carried out immediately following this stage.
During the implementation phase, CE specifies the improvement, engages and schedules contractors, and certifies the results.