We in South Africa are faced with two fairly major dilemmas regarding the cost and availability of electrical energy. On the one hand the parastatal company responsible for the generation and distribution (ESKOM) of electricity in South Africa is in a crisis as due to insufficient planning they have reached their maximum generating capacity. This can, and has in the past, led to 'rolling black-outs'. On the other hand ESKOM is trying to rectify the electricity generation problem by erecting new power stations and since this costs a great deal of money they have embarked on a fee increase scheme that effectively sees the price of electricity going up by about 35% every year for the foreseeable future.

Why Get a Commercial Energy Audit? 

How can I reduce my building's operating costs while improving its performance? A commercial building energy audit is the first step.

Building energy audits evaluate energy usage, electricity and water consumption. However, beyond simply identifying the main sources of energy use, a commercial energy audit seeks to prioritize the energy uses according to the most cost effective opportunities for energy savings. Commercial energy audits should consider not only the cost, but also the owner's time objectives for holding the property.

How does a Commercial Energy Audit work?

An energy auditor comes out to your commercial building, interviews on-site engineers and managers and inspects lighting, air conditioning, heating and ventilation equipment, controls, air compressors, water consuming equipment, and anything else that is using energy. Then an evaluation of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) that could be implemented to reduce energy usage and costs in your building is provided to you. This information will include simple payback calculations associated with various energy saving techniques. In some cases, payback is almost immediate, whereas other investments may take many years to pay for themselves.

What are the Types of Commercial Energy Audits?

The American Society of Heating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE) have developed standard energy audit levels. Primarily there are three levels of commercial energy audits, two of them conform to ASHRAE's standards, and the third is a quick check-up for smaller businesses, or clients with a tight budget.

Seeing that ASHRAE is a world leader in energy efficiency standards we at Ashway conform to their methods and standards.

At Ashway we are specialists in unique solutions to meet individual green problem areas. We do this by providing:

  • Specialized Solutions
  • Individual Green Areas consultations.



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We have access to all the latest technical norms and standards in the field of Energy Efficiency. This means that any solutions that we offer have been tried, tested and approved by all the relevant authorities.


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We will develop energy efficiency targets together with the client to reduce reduce immediate electrical demand. We can provide staff awareness packages and or presentations. Through initial consultation with management we are aware of each client's unique solution requirements.


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Our strategy is to work in conjunction with our client's financial department towards reducing Energy Costs and Expenses. We always start with the cheaper and simpler solutions and then, budget permitting, we go into the more costly aspects that allow for further reduction in energy consumption.

Highlights & Events

Apr 11 - 13, 2011
Domestic use of Electricity
International Conference taking place at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville Campus, Cape Town.
The 19th International Conference on the "Domestic Use of Energy" (DUE) presents a forum for professionals, practitioners and end-users in all fields of domestic energy to discuss the latest developments in the effective use of energy in the residential sector.

Contact Info

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Ashway Investments.
Cape Town, WC 7700
Email: info@ashway.ikapa.org

Phone: 082 887-5087

Cell: 071 563-6536