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Surveys and Audits

Surveys and audits

With energy prices rising, tighter government regulations and the need for businesses to improve carbon emissions, controlling your business’ energy is becoming essential to its sustainability. An energy audit is the first step to identifying opportunities to reduce energy consumption and the related costs to your business. 

What are the benefits of having an energy survey?

A full energy survey will give you a comprehensive report detailing how your business uses energy, a list of actionable opportunities with associated costs to improve efficiencies, highlight potential savings and identify your priorities. Some measures, such as changing heating or ventilation controls, will cost you nothing at all while others will require expenditure. The energy survey will give you clear direction on the return on investment (ROI) and scope of changes that can be made, all packaged in a format that can be presented at board level.

How BCR-ECS can help your business

Should you conduct your own survey or commission BCR-ECS to complete a survey?

Ideally, we would encourage you to conduct your own survey as this would give you an in-depth understanding of your own energy infrastructure. The majority of commercial clients, however, will not have the specific skill set, or they are too close to the business to be objective about the situation.

Our BCR-ECS Energy Consultants will work with your business and provide a full evaluation of your business’ energy use. As part of our survey we will take a detailed look at how effectively your system converts its energy, the transmission of energy and wastage, how it is consumed and controlled, the equipment used and finally the infrastructure and supply of energy.

Our survey consists of three stages:

1) Walk-through Survey 2) Detailed Survey 3) Investment Survey
This gives you a base level understanding of where your focus should be. Do you have different buildings with different infrastructure, is there one part of your operation that is causing others a problem, e.g. heating vs cooling? This gives you specifics on your historic data and existing equipment; alternatives are examined and benchmarked against industry standards and outlines of return on investment for specific areas are provided.

This focusses on specific areas where substantial savings are predicted. At this point equipment suppliers with detailed analysis may become involved to produce a more in-depth proposal in support of a tender.

Your energy journey with us:

Our Energy Managers will guide you through the process, advising along the way to ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of how your business is using its energy and how best to proceed in reducing consumption, improving efficiencies and maximising return on investment.

Action Result 
A desktop analysis of energy consumption data from supplier billing, automatic or manual meter reading, BMS systems or sub-metering panels

Full visibility and benchmarking of existing energy situation



Analyse areas of high usage or where benchmarked usage has a large variance

Propose and specify secondary metering plan to identify areas of variance



Walk-through during operating hours gathering information on equipment and plant    





Identify site occupancy (including holiday/ overnight) usage – how much energy should you be using when there is no one on site?

Identify and log specific processes contributing to excess usage


Discussions with key personnel around working patterns and habits  





Review findings and construct a report with recommendations

Deliver a fully costed Energy and Data Strategy to drive efficiencies 


Identify the funding opportunities in line with financial ROI policies:
  • No-cost measures
  • Fund from savings
  • Inward investment
  • External grant funding


Start saving energy! No-cost and low cost initiatives

Implement, plan and continuously review results for return on investment 


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