New Hampshire Local Energy Audit Exchange
The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) was awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - State Energy Program (ARRA-SEP) funds to provide a limited number of comprehensive energy audits in municipal and school facilities across New Hampshire. AECm and TRC Energy Solutions (Portsmouth, NH) teamed on the proposal and through a competitive rating and interview process we were selected from numerous qualified engineering firms. OEP contracted with TRC Energy Services who, along with AECm on their team, conducted 38 energy audits and presented the results of those audits in report format to the school or towns selected.
AECm conducted ASHRAE Level 2 audits at twelve municipal buildings selected for the program. The energy audits helped to identify all appropriate energy conservation measures for each facility and included a financial analysis based on implementation costs, operating costs, and attainable savings. The ultimate goal was to identify an energy conservation measure, the amount to be saved, the amount the measure will cost, and estimated payback period. In addition, the audits discussed suggested improvements to operations and maintenance procedures and operations. AECm also completed a Renewable Energy analysis for each facility.
Throughout the site visits to municipal buildings and schools, the AECm also provided informal education to key staff who were present during the walkthroughs. In addition to on-site education, AECm answered ongoing questions and presented the findings of the energy audit report to municipal employees and school staff.
In an effort to amplify the impact of this program, a website known as the NH Local Energy Audit Exchange (NH LAX) was developed for posting completed energy audit reports and valuable information gained while performing the audits. This website builds on the premise that municipalities and school districts can identify issues from the experiences of others with similar buildings and better leverage available funding to implement energy efficient upgrades.