There are some aspects of energy management that customers might not consider when making their choice in service providers. When you’re selecting a service provider, you should understand that there is grave disparity with the standardization in the quality of data that many companies provide when performing an energy audit. As the customer, you have to make financial decisions based on the conclusions provided to you.
The truth is, industrial energy management and energy efficiency initiatives are all about having valid, quality data on your performance, typically on a whole facility level. Your electric bill is where everything starts and how you judge the improvement of your systems. With evaluations that have aggressive assumptions excluding interactive effects of multiple projects,, you won’t know where you stand and it’s more likely to lead to underperformance.
This data isn’t bad intentionally, but most service providers are trying to sell the equipment that will save you energy. This means that the information can be right, but in context. Air Power is an independent and brand neutral company. All we are attempting to sell is our knowledge and 35 years of experience in working at facilities just like yours.
For most of our projects at Air Power, we operate on a performance basis. That means our success depends almost entirely on the end result and real-world performance that the customer sees in their systems. This sort of work requires our estimates and expectations to be highly accurate. Otherwise, we risk under delivering on our services. Before you start working with a service provider, it’s a good best practice to check if they do performance contracting.