Agricultural Energy Efficiency Audit aerial view of tractor plowing fields

The EEC does not currently have funding to conduct agricultural audits. However, agricultural audits may be performed as a contracted fee service. 

In 1986, the Energy Efficiency Center gained extensive experience in the industrial sector through the Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center program. 

With this expansion, the EEC was looking to apply years of tool development, share its knowledge base and serve the agricultural community. Now more than ever when the economy is faltering, promoting energy efficiency is critical to the agricultural sector in cutting costs. It was the Energy Efficiency Center’s goal to provide the necessary services to help as much as possible in this realm.

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OSU EEC funding support for our agricultural program has been received from


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Audit Process

The following sections outline the general process that the EEC follows when developing a comprehensive energy audit report.

Pre-Audit: To commence the audit process, the following information about the client will be collected, and then discussed to determine potential areas of energy savings. After this discussion more specific information may be required.

First, the processes, number and size of key equipment, and opportunities that might be evaluated at the site are discussed by one or more site personnel, typically over the phone with EEC members.

Second, information such as utility bills, equipment lists, and production numbers are requested to help better understand what the facility is like that will be audited. Additionally, a description of the EEC processes, what to expect, and data collection forms that will be used for the audit will be forwarded to the client.

Assessment Process: Assessment teams will consist of a team leader, one or two students and one faculty member or graduate student. The team leader is responsible for obtaining required information from the client, coordinating all team activities and assembling the report. Team members are pre-assigned assessment areas so they can better prepare for data collection during the visit. One team member is assigned responsibility for the base data section (utility bills, energy balance, production rates and costs).  

Report Design: The OSU EEC is continuously improving the effectiveness of our reports in presenting information and recommendations to the diverse audience our agricultural clients represent. The reports are made to be accessible to a non-technical financial decision maker, and hold up to the scrutiny of a technical evaluator. To this end the EEC has split reports into two distinct sections. First, a set of assessment recommendation (AR) narratives outlining the ideas behind our recommendations and the potential results. Second, a presentation of calculations explaining data collected and the methodology used for each AR that includes only the minimum narrative content required.

Report Preparation: presided over or reviewed by the report lead include the following

  • SWAG Meeting to review ideas developed during the assessment and select for development those that show promise
  • AR Calculation Presentation Reviews to ensure a cogent, correct analysis has been prepared
  • AR Narrative Presentation Reviews to ensure a persuasive, readable presentation has been written
  • Report Draft Review : A week before the report is sent to the printer, it is assembled and each section is again checked and revisions identified. Final decisions are made on AR’s and Other Measures Considered (OMC’s)
  • Report Release Review : New sections such as the executive summary, table of contents and signature page are verified. The completed report receives a thorough review and signoff before it is printed and sent to the client.

Follow-up: conducted after report completion to ensure client success

  • Two Week Follow-up calls : Follow-up phone calls will be made to clients within two weeks sending them our completed report. We think this helps to motivate the clients to read the reports more thoroughly. It also gives us a chance to answer any questions or concerns that arise and have a chance to overcome issues that might otherwise create a barrier to implementation. Response to this effort has been positive. The lead students enjoy the opportunity to hear what the client thinks of the report and we are hopeful that the clients are looking the reports over more closely in response to the follow-up.
  • Implementation Call : After 6 months, a phone interview is conducted with clients to determine which recommendations they elected to implement or plan to implement and compare their actual results to our estimations.