Energy Use Analysis

Energy use depends on more than the insulation levels in your building. Maintenance vigilance, the type of equipment you install and how you operate it have an impact too.

We'll work with you to:

Track Your Business Energy Use

  • Develop an energy profile for your business.
  • Analyze energy consumption patterns.
  • Identify natural gas and electric rate options.
  • Recommend technologies or training.
  • Compare equipment when you're ready to buy.
  • Optimize your energy efficiency.

Controlling energy costs can improve your profitability. Try our Building energy use comparison to see how the energy use of your building compares with other, similar buildings.

Average Energy Use by Type of Business

Natural Gas (Therms/sq ft/yr)   Electric (kWh/sq ft/yr)
  Therms Kilowatt-Hours
Business Space
Heating
Hot
Water
Ventil-
ation
Space
Cooling
Cooking Refrig-eration Interior
Lighting
Office
Equip.
Office* 0.520 0.377 1.140 2.000 0.560 0.570 4.120 2.250
Restaurant 4.700 0.257 1.600 4.460 11.830 7.400 4.490 0.830
Retail 0.460 0.223 0.960 2.830 0.360 2.070 5.330 1.140
Grocery 1.170 0.361 2.090 2.620 0.720 23.010 9.820 2.200
Warehouse 0.250 0.110 0.570 1.380 1.360 8.830 2.150 1.050
Elem/HS 0.830 0.179 0.460 1.380 0.630 0.350 3.690 0.730
College 2.660 0.237 3.500 4.460 5.360 0.960 7.480 2.190
Health 1.980 0.151 1.770 3.970 1.210 0.590 5.500 4.310
Lodging 3.200 0.257 1.210 3.390 1.020 1.130 4.130 1.470
Misc. 0.430 0.165 0.670 2.260 0.430 0.680 3.000 1.590

*Office space = 1,000 sq. ft., uses 520 therms for space heating and 377 therms for hot water

Many of our recommendations are no cost or a very low cost to implement. There are also some suggestions for replacing electric equipment with natural gas.

If you are interested in finding out more about specific equipment, we can help you calculate energy savings and project paybacks. MGE has equipment leasing and Shared Savings programs available to help businesses become more energy efficient.

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