AUDIT as the name implies, should be verification of the existing, be it a practice, process, statement or accounts – against a set standatrd. However, in case of Energy audit, it has deteriorated to either measuring and tabulating the existing energy consumption or finding energy saving opportunities or a combination. The first is like collecting all the data and tabulating like a market survey or census – without an analysis or conclusion. A foundation without building. The second is similar to building a shack with whatever materials found at the site. When both are combined, it becomes a shack built on a good foundation. Would any house owner be happy with such a situation? Would a company employing a costing consultant, be happy with collecting the data of cost of materials and labour in various departments?
SECO’s definition of Energy Audit is four steps:
- Balancing of all the energy used – Bought / converted has to be balanced with usage – at each level.
- Balancing of energy at each equipment.
- Verify each measured value theoretically and each estimated value by practical measurement.
- Establish “GAP” – the difference between what is and What should be.
Thus, the diagnosis is flawless. Like medical treatment, correct diagnosis leads to correct treatment. Unlike medicine, Expertise need not be instantaneous, and is more with the intelligent user. Though SECO comes up with all conventional and innovative energy saving opportunities, backed up by quantified and verifiable savings, SECO believes that when the GAP is established, the prerogative of the implementation is that of the user.
SECO Provides all the support services for implementation, (except detailed engineering) and commits to remain with the customer till the projected savings is achieved – In short, run along with the customer, till the customer wants to and wants SECO to. This ensures that there would be no unquantified risk, which the customer needs to take.