Quick Energy Savings Calculator

Published on Thursday, 16 April 2015 00:17:26    Written by Marc
This week we released a new tool that we created for companies and organizations who wish to estimate rapidly how much energy they could potentially save in their buildings. We call this tool our, "Quick Energy Saving Calculator." It is a free tool available on our web site at http://www.almiranta.com/calculator

The idea is to take a building and determine quickly, based on its location, type, size, and age, how much energy-saving potential that the building could have. We then look at what energy-saving measures the building owners or managers have already done to the building, such as retrofits, and we then calculate a final energy-saving potential for the building.

Every building is different, but the tool is meant to give the user an idea of how much he or she could save if energy-saving measures were applied to the building. This level of approximation is often needed to help companies generate awareness of the money that they are leaving on the table by not addressing energy savings. This will also assist them to initiate an energy-saving process within their company and have them allocate resources to get the ball rolling.

If the user really wants to have more precise numbers, we have our EnExPlan software for that. EnExPlan goes in much detail than our quick calculator, but the quick calculator is a good start for people seeking basic information on potential energy savings in their buildings. Its main purpose is to get users started on implementing an energy-saving program or process in their organizations. One of the main reasons that companies seem to leave untapped so much energy-saving potential, is that many of them are not aware of the potential for energy saving in their company. Many managers think that energy cost is a natural evil and that reducing the cost of energy probably costs more than the resulting savings that could occur.

While it is true that saving energy rarely comes free, there are a number of energy-saving measures that do cost next to nothing to implement, such as schedules optimization. Most other measures do require some form of investment; however, when done right, the return on investment combined with the low level of risk make energy saving projects among the best investment any company can make. After all, if a company is going to need the energy for their operations, if they reduce their consumption they automatically reduce their cost and this saving often goes directly to their bottom line.

When talking to managers, we often ask them, "How much sales does your company need to do to add one dollar to your bottom line?" The answers we normally get are interesting as people realize just how much sales is needed for a single dollar of profit. However, let us suppose that a company needs to make ten dollars of sales to add one single dollar to their bottom line. If the company can do a low risk, short payback project with an energy saving of one dollar per year, this is equivalent of getting ten dollars of sales. In addition, since the benefits of the energy saving project are normally recurring every year, that also means the equivalent of ten dollars if sales every year.

Not many projects can guarantee recurring sales with any risk, but energy-saving projects can be estimated to pretty much guarantee the savings year after year. In addition to this, the energy saving projects often have additional benefits, like increasing the value of the building, improving the comfort to the building occupants, and reducing the building’s carbon footprint. This positive side effect is normally done primarily to save money.

Bottom line, every building has potential for energy saving, and it is only a matter of tapping that potential. We hope you will enjoy our Quick Energy Saving Calculator and that it will help create awareness on the energy-saving potential for your buildings.