What you’ll learn
- The characteristics you should be looking for in any tool
- Practical guidance on usage of measurement tools
- For each category of measurement tool: How useful, what to measure, what tool to use, what can go wrong and how to avoid this.
- How to take CSV data and convert it into useful information.
- What free spreadsheet tools are available for energy auditors.
- The importance of presentation and communication tools – and where to find some great tools.
Energy auditors are expected to have available a variety of tools to aid in identifying and quantifying energy savings opportunities. But there is little guidance available on what tools are needed, and how to assess a tool for its suitability.
Without this knowledge, you may end up buying tools that are rarely if ever used, or perhaps you end up with regularly used tools that are cumbersome and hard to use.
This course provides guidance on the characteristics you should be looking for in a tool, and discusses each category of measurement tool that auditors commonly use:
- Electrical measurement tools for measuring voltage, amps, true RMS power, power factor.
- Water flow measurement tools focussing on ultrasonic flow meters.
- Temperature sensors and loggers
- Infrared thermometers and infrared cameras / thermal cameras
- Air flow measurement including turbine anemometers and hot wire anemometers.
- Air pressure measurement
- A range of other measurement tools
It then looks at data collection tools, software tool, and finally tools that aid in communication and engagement.
Following this course you should have a good idea of the tools you need, and how you can best use them to aid your energy audits.
Who this course is for
This course is for those undertaking energy audits, anywhere. It is particularly aimed at those who aren’t working in a company that has its own tool set, those new to auditing, and those who may be stuck with the same tools they were using years ago and are curious to see what other tools may be of use, or what advances there may have been.
This course is for you if any of the following apply:
Why and how this course has been developed
To the best of my knowledge there is no dedicated course focussed on energy auditor tools. This course has been developed to help those buying or hiring tools for audits to know what to look for, how to best use different tools, and to avoid the mistakes I’ve made in tool purchases.
Energy auditors with a knowledge of energy auditor tools should end up with a toolkit that hasn’t cost an arm and a leg, but which helps them do better audits.
What this course isn’t
This course doesn’t provide detailed instructions on the use of specific tools. That’s best left to the manufacturers and the instructions they provide with the tools. On the other hand, it does help you understand what tool is right for the job, and provide practical guidance on the use of tools.
As suppliers and availability of tools vary from country to country, this course doesn’t provide guidance on specific brands.
Part of series of courses
This course is the fourth part of a series on energy audits, which trains, and assesses for competence, in the ability to delivery an Investment Grade Audit.
Part 1: Commissioning and Managing an Energy Audit, is primarily aimed at energy users, but every energy auditor should also undertake this course to be able to see the audit from the other side of the fence, and thus improve your ability to effectively engage with energy users.
Part 2: Process of Undertaking a Successful Audit, presents a process, that when followed, will help you undertake successful audits. This process can be applied to deliver an Investment Grade Audit (IGA) or Detailed Feasibility Study (DFS).
Part 3: Energy Fundamentals for Energy Auditors. In this course you’ll learn about key concepts from physics and engineering that energy auditors need to know.
Part 4: Tools for Energy Auditors (this course). Learn about tools, both essential and nice-to-have, for undertaking energy audits.
Section 2 – Energy using technologies and energy savings opportunities
Energy Efficient Lighting. Learn the fundamentals of energy efficient lighting in this course, and save more lighting energy!
Fundamentals of Energy Efficient HVAC. Knowing how to minimize HVAC energy use is core knowledge every energy manager, energy auditor, HVAC contractor or consultant needs.
Energy and Water Savings with Domestic Hot Water. This course covers both domestic hot water and water use more broadly. Being released shortly
Introduction to Energy Efficiency in Industrial systems. Covering electric motors, pumps and fans, refrigeration, steam and compressed air this course provides an introduction to these technologies and energy efficiency opportunities. Being released later in 2021
Section 3 – Prepare and submit an Investment Grade Audit
Successful completion of all eight courses listed above in the series, along with submission and satisfactory grading of a final assignment (an energy audit), will result in you being issued with a Certificate of Competence in Investment Grade Energy Auditing.
If you pass all the assessments in this course you will be issued with a Certificate of Competence in the Selection and Use of Energy Audit Tools.
The assessment has been prepared by an expert, and is based on those key areas which demonstrate competence.
Read more about the Sustainability Education Academy Certification here