Energy Efficiency Reference/Industrial/General Assessment Concepts

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  • Preparation
  • Utility Cost Analysis
    • Energy usage trends:
      • heating and cooling loads - seasonally dependent
      • process loads - production dependent
      • fixed loads - base load
      • unusual changes
    • Rate structure interpretation - kW draw and kWh consumption
    • Incremental costs - projected energy costs
  • Energy Balance
    • End use breakdown
    • Do system models fit with annual records?
  • Mass Balance
  • Collecting Data
    • Anecdotal
    • Observation
    • Measurement
    • Estimation
      • Includes consulting plant personnel
  • "Making do with" (leveraging) available data
  • First Estimates (SWAGs)
  • Red Flags
  • Rules of Thumb
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • A Critical Mind
  • Analysis
    • Understanding the level of analysis you are planning / able to do