Energy Audits

NCAT’s energy team is here to provide energy tune-ups that analyze energy usage, identify energy-saving opportunities, identify renewable energy options, and estimate project costs. Our team of engineers, scientists, and certified solar designers approach buildings and businesses holistically. We work with building owners and operators to scope energy audits based on their budget, timeline, operational concerns, and energy goals.  

Draught Works brewery We analyze heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC), refrigeration, motors, pumps, building shell, and lighting systems, and evaluate the site for potential alternative energy or fuel-switching opportunities.  

We have extensive experience auditing:  

  • Hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes 
  • Schools and campuses  
  • Offices 
  • Breweries  
  • Hotels  
  • Manufacturing plants 
  • Industrial facilities 
  • Retail and convenience stores 

NCAT’s energy audits result in practical, actionable steps a business or organization can take to save on energy costs and resources.  

St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Montana, is among the facilities that received an energy audit through NCAT and the state of Montana’s Energy Efficiency Program. The hospital saved more than $200,000 in energy costs alone after implementing some of the recommendations from their audit.  

“We budgeted $ 1.5 million for electricity for 2019 based on projected increase in operations and facility usage. We had NCAT do an energy audit in the fall of 2018,” said hospital facilities manager Tim Chopp. “From that we implemented several suggestions with very little out of pocket cost. We are on track to spend $1.3 million for 2019 from the substantial energy savings from those suggestion and we will implement some more suggestions in 2020. NCAT’s suggestions are obviously very helpful to us.” 

Energy Audit Case Studies

C Sharps Arms

The C Sharps Arms building is located in Big Timber, Montana, and is used to produce custom firearms. The building is divided into two sections, the workshop and the retail/office space. The workshop is the largest section, accounting for approximately…

Bozeman Job Service

Even though the building owners continuously upgrade Bozeman Job Service, Montana Resource Efficiency (MREP) auditors located several cost-effective efficiency measures, all with a payback period of a three years or less. The Bozeman Job…

Big Sky Senior Living

A lighting-upgrade project is saving a senior living center in Butte significant lighting energy costs, while providing higher-quality lighting for its residents, staff, and visitors. The Big Sky Senior Living complex consists of one main…
Best Western Heritage Inn

Best Western Heritage Inn

The Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls, Montana, is one of the city’s largest hotels. Built in 1972, the hotel is two stories tall with 230 guest rooms, including four two-room suites and five one-room suites. The building also houses…