Reducing the energy costs at a facility must surely be one of the most effective and achievable strategies for lowering operating costs. This course gives you the practical tools to identify and implement programs and projects to reduce energy consumption in the most effective and practical ways. You will be provided with the skills and latest knowledge on proven methods of making real savings in your energy bills. You can initiate such programs as soon as you wish, and start saving immediately thereafter.

You will be greatly surprised at the levels of energy losses and poor efficiency of some of the devices in your facility that consume power when the facility is operational and also the energy consumption of your facility when it is not operational. Did you know that the operating cost of an electric motor is typically 200 times the initial purchase price over 20 years?

BOTH OF THESE FACTORS ARE COSTING YOUR FIRM – energy can account for up to 85% of the input costs, so reductions in these bills are directly responsible for better profits. You will be taught the fundamental principles of energy efficiency by way of looking for points of wastage, assessment of the cost of energy usage and benefits accruing from improved energy efficiency in the facility. Reference points are needed, so the course will also show you how to quickly and effectively perform an energy audit of your facility, demonstrating the use of installed instrumentation as well as measuring equipment deployed during the audit.

Once you have the correct information from the audit, you will be taught a simple method of cost analysis to help you make the right decisions for improvement, based on the principle of Rapid Return on Investment (RRI). This will enable you to implement the optimum energy-efficient solution and thus to start saving money in some cases immediately, but in a worse case scenario, a typically short period of time (perhaps 3 to 12 months RRI).


  • Establish an energy management strategy for your firm
  • Put together practical energy efficiency plans for your firm that will save money
  • Use the energy savings toolkit and checklist from the program in your workplace
  • Conduct a simple energy audit of your facilities and collect good data
  • Read and interpret data from different types of measurement equipment
  • Interpret and analyze case study data and relate this detail to your facility
  • Identify international standards and legislation that may affect your operations
  • Assist in the reduction of greenhouse gases and improvement of the environment
  • Calculate and rank the financial implications of energy conservation opportunities
  • Appreciate the importance of choices with energy suppliers

Course starts May 18, 2015. There are limited places available.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Energy Management

  • Need for energy efficiency
  • Global energy scenario
  • Climate change and environmental concerns
  • Making better use of energy
  • Turning waste energy into useful output
  • Energy cost control
  • Facilities operation improvement

MODULE 2: Energy Fundamentals

  • Energy forms and conversions
  • Laws of thermodynamics
  • Basics of electricity
  • Basics of thermal energy
  • Energy sources and energy sinks
  • Direct energy conversion
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy

MODULE 3: Energy Management Systems

  • Implementing energy management in organizations
  • Energy plan
  • Tracking and controlling systems
  • Energy accounting
  • Energy and electric rate structure
  • Barriers to energy conservation
  • Demand side management

MODULE 4: Fuels and Combustion

  • Solid fuels
  • Liquid fuels
  • Gaseous fuels
  • Biofuels
  • Combustion processes
  • Heating applications
  • Heat recovery systems

MODULE 5: Energy Efficient Practices in Thermal Energy Utilities

  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Steam distribution
  • Thermal electricity generation
  • Reduction of heat wastage
  • Heat recovery systems
  • Methods of improving conversion efficiencies
  • Process improvements
  • Cogeneration for better efficiency
  • Combined cycle process for gas turbines

MODULE 6: Energy Efficient Practices in Electricity Use

  • Overall electricity use
  • Electricity transmission and distribution
  • Role of power factor
  • Electricity intensive industries and energy benchmarking
  • Electric motors
  • Variable speed drives as energy-savers
  • Compressed air systems
  • Heating
  • Lighting efficiency
  • Intelligent design to reduce wastage of electricity

MODULE 7: Energy Efficiency in Climate Control Applications

  • Environmental control
  • Heating systems
  • Cooling systems
  • Ventilation systems
  • Improving efficiency by design
  • Use of waste heat
  • Building management systems

MODULE 8: Energy Efficiency Codes, Standards and Legislation

  • Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)
  • Energy management systems – ISO 50001
  • Energy efficiency rating systems – Energy Star
  • Building energy rating
  • Energy legislation

MODULE 9: Energy Audit Principles

  • Objectives of energy audits
  • Types of energy audit
  • Procedure for a detailed energy audit
  • Common energy conservation measures
  • Energy cost structure, tariffs and incentives
  • Measurement and verification
  • Presentation of data and energy audit reports

MODULE 10: Energy Analysis Tools

  • Energy ratios
  • Energy audit instrumentation
  • Temperature-measuring instruments
  • Combustion efficiency measurement
  • Airflow and air leak measurement
  • Thermography
  • Ultrasonic leak detectors
  • Data logging
  • Light level meters
  • Electric meters: voltages, current, power, energy, power factor
  • Software tools in energy audits
  • Energy modelling

MODULE 11: Energy Audit Areas

  • Furnaces and boilers
  • Motors
  • Fans and blowers
  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Energy control systems
  • Lighting
  • Data centres

MODULE 12: Energy Economics

  • Objectives of economic analysis
  • Basic concepts
  • Economic evaluation methods among alternatives
  • Simple payback
  • Cost and benefit analysis
  • Discounted cash flow analysis and internal rate of return
  • Life-cycle cost analysis
  • Financing options

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