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Utility Cost Analysis
One of the first steps in setting up an energy management program in a commercial building is determining operating costs per energy consuming system through a utility cost analysis. This paper illustrates utility cost analysis methods used to determine estimated energy costs by function in a sample commercial facility. Two approaches are used to determine energy utilization and to project calculated energy consumption. Additional analysis of the utility rate structure is necessary before an estimate of operating costs per energy consuming system can be made. With this, it is possible to identify energy conservation opportunities and develop strategies to control energy waste.
Horn, S. (1984). Utility Cost Analysis. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from