Energy Audits for Businesses
First steps to becoming more energy efficient
SEAI lay out 5-step process for becoming more energy efficient as an SME. One of the five steps is getting an energy audit done but it’s important to understand the full process:
Understand your energy use
Create an energy action plan
Complete an energy audit (€2,000 voucher available!)
Invest in energy efficiency upgrades and renewables
Monitor, track and report
As you can see, getting an energy audit is only one part of the puzzle. You can read the full SEAI guide below:
"Support Scheme for Energy Audits " €2,000 SME voucher
SEAI offer a €2,000 voucher for SMEs to use against the cost of an energy audit which they feel should cover the entire cost for most small businesses. Therefore, in order to avail of this scheme, your business must meet the below criteria:
- Non-obligated entities (small and medium enterprises [SMEs], or public sector bodies with a useful floor area less than 500m2 and spending less than €35,000 per year on energy)
- Tax compliant
- Registered in the Republic of Ireland
- Spend at least €10,000 on energy (exclusive of transport energy costs) per year at the site being audited
- There is a limit of 1 audit voucher per Applicant/Company
How to apply for the SME Energy Audit voucher
2. Register online here.
3. Energy Audit Voucher is sent to you by email automatically.
4. Schedule energy audit. 5. Auditor conducts energy audit at your business.
6. Auditor sends energy audit report to you and claims payment directly from SEAI.
What is needed for an Energy Audit?
SEAI have a brilliant guidebook which runs through the entire process for applicants. You can view the guide below:
Energy Audit Summary
Im summary, you can see here that it’s not difficult or expensive to get your business audited for energy efficiency. Overall, the important thing to remember is that an audit by itself won’t improve your efficiency. To really reap the benefits, you should sit down and come up with an energy action plan with an energy audit and then act on the recommendations of the audit.
Finally, it’s worth noting that there are many grants available to businesses to improve their energy efficiency. You can find all the details over on our Business Grants page below:
Frequently Asked Questions about Energy Audits
An energy audit will assess your business’s energy usage; the processes and equipment that contribute the most to your energy bills. The audit report will recommend a list of actions to improve energy efficiency and an idea of their costs.
The cost will depend on the size & complexity of your business but SEAI estimates that their €2,000 voucher should cover the cost in most cases. There is a chance if you’re on the larger side of SMEs, you may be required to pay a small amount.
Use the SSEA template here to get an idea of what an Energy Action Plan looks like.
It’s a comprehensive overview of your business’s energy usage. It’s also a vehicle for you to use to undertake your energy efficiency journey.
You shouldn’t look at it as a once-off form. It should be a live document that changes over time – from when your energy audit is conducted, to when you start acting to improve efficiency; then as a future part of your sustainability drive.