An energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows, for energy conservation in a building, process or system to reduce the amount of energy input into the system without negatively affecting the output(s). In commercial and industrial real estate, an energy audit is the first step in identifying opportunities to reduce energy expense and carbon footprints.
Energy audits are severely undervalued. While they may be thought of as unnecessary and ineffective, that could not be further from the truth. In fact, energy audits are a great first step to increasing your energy efficiency.