Energy Audits in California

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Commercial lighting energy audits for California businesses

Tap into the expertise of a PEC Sales Engineer to conduct a comprehensive energy assessment of your current lighting: 

  • Gather precise light levels, foot candles, and fixture counts to establish an energy baseline.
  • Learn key areas of inefficient energy usage within your operations.
  • Receive multiple options for LED retrofit solutions to optimize lighting for your business needs, while improving your overall energy efficiency.

How much energy does your lighting system waste? What could an LED retrofit save you annually? How can you improve the operational performance of your facility?

When answering these questions, guesswork is futile. Real efficiency improvements require a thorough measurement of your current and potential systems.

That’s why PEC has made energy audits an essential part of our proprietary approach to designing customized lighting solutions, so that you can optimize lighting where you need it, and not where you don’t.

Our Process

  1. Pre-Audit Call: Once requesting an audit, you will first connect virtually with a PEC Sales Engineer to briefly discuss your business, current challenges, and project goals to see if our services are a good fit for you!
  2. On-site Energy Audit: We will conduct a complimentary on-site energy assessment of your facility to understand your current lighting system. We will gather precise light levels, foot candles, and fixture accounts to establish an energy baseline.
  3. Efficiency Design: Following the energy audit, we’ll work with you to understand exactly how to provide the lighting system you need for your operations, maximize efficiency, and develop a selection of potential LED retrofit solutions for review.
  4. End-to-end Project Management: Once deciding on a design option and agreeing to scope of work, PEC will handle the entire project implementation — from material procurement, through installation and post-installation support.
  5. Incentive Research through California Utility Providers: Our in-house energy incentives team will also maximize and secure all available incentives helping you fund your project and ensuring you don’t leave any money on the table.

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What to expect with an energy audit

Efficient and thorough energy audits without causing disruptions to your daily operations

Site Evaluation

Our team conducts a thorough evaluation of your site — compiling existing infrastructure data, measuring building dimensions, and performing a complete on-site analysis.

Energy review

We do a deep dive into your energy usage. By gathering intel on your current energy use we can build a clear picture of where waste lays in your facility. This data will be used to develop an energy-efficient proposal.

Lighting analysis

Our rigorous assessment includes light measurements and fixture counts to objectively evaluate the performance of your current system. By taking these readings and learning what you do we’ll gather a full understanding of how to meet your objectives.

Experts in California Utility Incentives

Commercial and industrial facilities are some of the largest energy consumers on the grid. To manage electrical demand and encourage the adoption of efficient technologies, many utility companies provide specific programs that cover a portion of the cost (often a significant portion) of energy-saving projects.

However, these programs can be complex and challenging to navigate, resulting in hours of time spent researching programs 

Your utility incentive should feel like a discount, not like a project of its own.

PEC is proud to offer a team of in-house incentive experts to help you take advantage of California incentive programs and save potentially thousands on your next project:

  • Tax incentives
  • Interest-free project financing through California OBF
  • Other Rebate programs you may be eligible for
Jake Gilan - Lighting Project Manager

When auditing a project, the PEC Project Management Team measures past & present energy levels, confirms foot candles, fixture counts, mounting types, powering, and controls to ensure that the tailored lighting solution we propose improves the aesthetics, efficiency, and safety standards of your business

– Jake Gillan, Assistant Project Manager, PEC

Efficiency Made Easy

LED Lighting Retrofit Before After - California

The unsustainable demand for energy has caused the world to focus on some of the biggest energy consumers – commercial and industrial businesses.

This growing spotlight is building pressure to enhance sustainability initiatives meeting increased energy cost, regulations, and public pressure to reduce energy consumption.

At PEC, it is our mission to be your “easy button” for energy efficiency by providing you with turnkey lighting solutions unique for your business. We’ll help you by:

  • Highlighting “low-hanging fruit” efficiency gains found in your legacy lighting system
  • Providing you with expertly designed turnkey LED retrofit solutions — placing better lighting as the top priority.
  • Helping you forecast your project payback period, annual energy savings, ROI.
  • Handling all energy incentive work to help you unlock the max funding available for your project
  • and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

A commercial energy audit should include an on-site visit to your facility. During the audit a lighting expert will walk through your facility mapping out and documenting the type, wattage, and location of each fixture – they will take photos and draw a detailed blueprint of your existing lighting system.

The audit is an opportunity to gather all information to understand how you use your space as well as your existing lighting system.

This information will help determine both your energy usage and your lighting needs. An energy audit could include an evaluation of interior lighting (like warehouses or retail floors) and exterior lighting (i.g. parking lots).

This includes an evaluation of any interior lighting (like warehouses or retail floors) and exterior lighting (i.g. parking lots). 

To complete a thorough audit of your space, a PEC Sales Engineer will perform an on-site evaluation of your facility and work with you to determine:

  • The total number of fixtures and fixture types, their locations, heights, and how they are controlled.
  • Ceiling structure and height.
  • The building’s usages and existing light levels (measured by foot candles).
  • Areas of importance to your business in order to design optimal lighting specific to your needs.

In addition to assessing your current lighting system, we will also evaluate the environmental conditions of your space like airflow, dust, moisture levels, temperature, chemicals, and indoor/outdoor spaces to help us design an efficiency solution for your unique needs.

Energy audits are free when working with PEC! Please note that we do only audit commercial spaces — get started by filling out the form on this page to see if our auditing services make sense for your facility.

While PEC has secured incentives for our customers through over 10+ utility providers throughout California, some of the main utilities and programs we’ve worked with historically include:

  • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
  • Southern California Edison (SCE)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
  • Illuminate CA
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Whoever your power provider is, PEC’s in-house team of energy incentive specialists have the connections and expertise to research the best utility incentives available for your energy efficiency project.

On-Bill Financing (OBF) is a no-interest financing option available to business customers & government agencies for qualifying energy efficiency projects

Through OBF, eligible customers can fund projects with a zero percent no-interest loan that is repaid through their monthly PG&E bill.

With On-Bill Financing available in California, this can be a great potential option to fund commercial energy efficiency retrofit projects without committing large amounts of upfront capital, helping companies with limited on-hand cash to take on energy efficiency projects.

Connect with PEC to learn more about OBF and how we can handle this process for you through our in-house energy incentive team!

An LED retrofit is a replacement of existing inefficient lighting fixtures with energy efficient LED (with or without control systems).

While seemingly straight forward at its core, a one-for-one bulb swap will not maximize efficiency and can even cause some major headaches if done improperly. 

That’s why it’s critical to work with an experience LED retrofit contractor like PEC, where we will design a system leveraging the best fixtures, optics, sensors and control systems to help our clients access the maximum amount of efficiency while also making huge improvements to the overall lighting quality in their facilities. Learn more on this page about our LED retrofit services.

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