An Energy Audit is the first steps to Save Money on energy costs to
1. Determining existing costs
2. Determining the efficiency available with the existing building, equipment and processes etc
The Energy Audit will provide the required information to determine cost savings.
Following the audit report Decisions will have to be made to determine the cost effectiveness of undertaking suggested improvements.
To encourage more efficient use of energy there are a number of programs available from the Ontario Power Authority and the natural gas suppliers (Union Gas and Enbridge) to provide funding for
1. Energy Audits
2. Business energy improvements
3. Retrofit of existing facilities
4. Upgrading existing Systems and processes
5. Construction of new energy efficient facilities
These incentives can be a grant for all or part of the costs and/or reduction in the charge for the energy, etc.
An Energy Audit is the first step for all of the above inducements for Energy conservation
Thermal Images.ca would welcome the opportunity to assist you in your Energy Audit for submission to the energy providers by
1. Undertaking the Energy Audit for you utilizing Infrared Thermal Imaging, related accessories and analytical software for computer generated reports.
2. Assisting your energy advisor with Infrared Thermal Imaging of the equipment and facilities to assist in the preparation of the Energy Audit.
Our team of Professional Engineer, Certified General Accountant and Certified Level II Thermographer can assist you to reduce your energy costs and increase the efficiency of the operation.
Infrared Thermal Imaging is recognized as the most cost effective and reliable Not Destructive Testing procedure for determining temperature of equipment and facilities. Infrared Thermal Imaging is used by all utilities and energy providers in the operation of their facilities. (www.thermalimages.ca)
The following is a summary of the requirements for the Energy Audit subsidy by the Ontario Power Authority —
Audit Funding – FAQ (summary by Thermal Images.ca July 2012) Page 1
As per the Ontario Power Authority
1. What is the Save ON energy Audit Funding Program
The save ON energy AUDIT Funding program provides incentives to complete energy audits accessing the potential for energy savings to be achieved through equipment replacement, operational practices or participation in Demand Response initiatives and or building systems and envelope projects.
2. What type of businesses can participate
All kinds of businesses can participate Commercial, Institutional, Agriculture, and Multi Residential including Social Housing
3. What Type of buildings may be eligible
The AUDIT FUNDING program is open to owners and tenants of
Commercial buildings, such as offices, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and warehouses
Institutional buildings, including hospitals, universities, municipal halls and arenas
Multifamily buildings, such as apartments (including social housing) or condominiums
Agriculture facilities, including dairy, swine or poultry farms, green houses and nurseries
4. What incentives are being provided
Participant incentives for this program are up to 50% of the assessment cost, as follows
For Eligible Building owners
ELECTRICITY SURVEY AND ANALYSIS
Up to $25,000 in incentives
As a first step, this financial analysis, or life cycle analysis, provides you with the data you need to fully consider the financial benefits of installing a variety of energy efficient measures
For buildings up to 30,000 sq ft the incentive is $0.10 per sq ft up to a maximum of 50% of Electricity survey and Analysis costs, whichever is less
For buildings larger than 30,000 sq ft the Incentive is $3,000 for the first 30,000 sq ft and $0.05 for each incremental sq ft up to a maximum of 50% of Electricity Survey and Analysis costs up to $25,000 whichever is less
DETAILED ANALYSIS OF CAPITAL INTENSIVE MODIFICATION
eligibility is buildings with greater than 50,000 sq ft
An additional $10,000 is incentives is available is now available
After the Electricity Survey and Analysis has been completed, the next step is to focus on potential capital intensive projects identified during the Electricity Survey and Analysis. Detailed field data combines with a more rigorous engineering analysis to provide detailed project costs and savings calculations (sufficient for major capital investment decisions).
The incentive is $0.05 per sq ft up to a maximum of 50% of Detailed Analysis of Capital Intensive Modifications cost up to an additional $10,000, whichever is less
For Eligible Tenants
ELECTRICITY SURVEY AND ANALYSIS
Up to $7,500 in Incentives now available. Here the incentives pays for audits of lighting, office equipment and plug loads
The incentive is $0.03 per sq ft up to a maximum of the Electrical Survey and Analysis for the eligible tenant costs or up to $7,500, whichever is less
Save on Energy — Audit Funding — FAQ Page 2
5. How are the incentives calculated
CALCULATION EXAMPLES (for a tenant occupied building $0.03 )
Assume the following
Audit Costs 3rd party Contributions Travel Expense (Auditor)
Building G $1,000 $ 100 $ 250
Building H $5,000 $ 500 $1,100
Building I $10,000 $1,000 $2,200
Steps Building G Building H Building I
Square footage 10,000 30,000 50,000
1. Estimated Incremental Incentives
based on sq ft @$0.03 $300 $ 900 $1,500
2. To Calculate Maximum Participant Incentive
a. Multiply the estimated
Audit cost by 50% $500 $2,500 $5,000
b. Minus any Third Party contributions
$100 $ 500 $1,000
Net estimated cost $400 $2,000 $4,000
c. Take the lesser
of 3.b or $7,500 $400 $2,000 $4,000
6. To Calculate the estimated Incentive Amount, take the
Lesser of 2 or 3.c $300 $ 900 $1,500
7. Add Eligible Travel Expense
(50% of Energy Auditor Travel
costs up to $1,000) $125 $ 550 $1,000
8. Total Electrical Survey and Analysis Incentive Amount
(Add line amounts 6 & 7
excluding applicable taxes) $425 $1,450 $2,500
6. How do I apply
To apply contact your local electricity supplier
7. Who should I contact for additional information
Contact your local electricity supplier
8. Who should perform the audits
The Energy Audit must be completed by a third party with one or more of the following qualifications
a. A Professional Engineer
b. A Certified Engineering technologist (CET)
c. A Certified Energy manger
d. A Certified measurement and verification professional who has at least three years of relevant experience evaluating energy systems in buildings or
e. An engineer in training under the supervision of a PEng or CET
Provided a qualified and experienced person as described above certifies and signs the Audit Report
9. Who is the Ontario Power Authority (OPA)
The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its key area of focus are planning the power system for the long term, leading and coordinating conservation incentives across the province, and ensuring development of needed generation resources.
10. Why is the OPA doing this
Energy Conservation is Ontario’s most cost – effective resource and also helps reduce greenhouse emissions. Reducing electricity consumption helps businesses manage their energy costs and reduces demand on the electricity system.
The AUDIT FUNDING program was designed to provide you with funding to identify the costs and benefits of implementing energy efficiency measures and prioritize energy management projects for your business.
Save on Energy AUDIT FUNDING Criteria — (summary by Thermal Images.ca July 2012)
As per the Ontario Power Authority
1. Participants Eligibility Criteria
a. The Participant must be an electricity consumer that is directly connected to or behind the meter of another electricity consumer connected to, LDC’s distribution system and is in the LDC’s service area
b. The Participant must not be classified as ―residential‖ in the most recent Yearbook of Electricity Distributors published by the LDC, and
c. The Participant must own the Facility or lease the Facility and have the right to have the Energy Audit conducted either as a condition of the lease or with the consent or authorization of the owner or operator of the Eligible Facility
2. Facility Eligibility Criteria
a. The Facility must be in the LDC’s service area
b. The Facility must be individually or bulk metered by the LDC, and the subject of a General Service <50kW Account, a General Service >50kW Account or a Large User Account, and
c. For a Detailed Analysis of Capital Intensive Modifications, the Facility must be at lease 50,000 Square Feet in size (see calculations of Square Feet in Box 4).
None of the following Facilities are eligible to participate in this initiative.
d. Facilities for which an Energy Audit was previously conducted under this initiative
e. Facilities which have received funding from the City of Toronto – Better Buildings Partnership New Construction Program and Enbridge High Performance New Construction Program or through the Commercial and Institutional New Construction and Major Renovation initiative 2011-2014, and
f. Facilities for which an Energy audit (covering electricity usage) was completed within the previous two calendar years.
3. Energy Auditor Eligibility Criteria
a. The Energy Auditor must be a corporation, general or limited partnership or individual who conducts energy audits and who has the flowing qualifications.
i. Is a professional engineer (―P.Eng‖), a certified engineering technologist (―CET‖, a certified energy manger or a certified measurement and verification professional who has at least three years of relevant experience evaluating energy systems in buildings; or
ii. An engineer in training under the supervision of a ―P.Eng‖ or ―CET‖ only if a qualified and experienced person as described in (1) above certifies and signs the Audit Report, and
b. The Energy Auditor must be a third party to the Participant
4. Energy Audit Requirements (Owners)
Where the participant owns the Facility
a. The Energy Audit must not have been commenced prior to the approval of the Application
b. The Energy Audit must be completed by a third party Energy Auditor with the appropriate documentation of expenses incurred. Energy Audits performed by an employee of a Participant will not be eligible for Participant incentives, and
c. The Energy Audit must be completed by September 30, 2014 and all completed Energy Audit Reports together with all supporting documentation in connection therewith, must be submitted on or before December 31, 2014 to the LDC.
Where the Participant owns the Facility and conducts a Detailed Analysis of Capital Intensive Modifications is conducted in addition to (a) through (c) above
d. The Facility must be larger than 50,000 sq ft, and
e. An Electricity Survey and Analysis must already have been completed for that Facility, or the participant has submitted an Application to conduct an Electricity Survey and Analysis concurrently
5. Energy Audit Eligibility Requirement (Lessees)
Where the Participant leases the Facility
a. The Energy Audit must be conducted in accordance with the Energy Audit for owners in Section 4 above, and
b. The Energy Audit must only be in respect of the lighting systems and electricity consuming equipment located in the Facility and may not be in respect to heating, cooling and ventilation systems or other fixtures, other than lighting systems, located in the Facility