A recent article in “The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS,” entitled “Energy Efficiency Loans Have Low Default Rate,” a report created by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), showed the results of an analysis of twenty-four energy efficiency loan programs from around the country. Probably the most common definition of an energy audit is “to identify opportunities that will reduce energy consumption and/or cost.” Interviews and occupant discussions are the key. After spending a little time analyzing the comments made by the top administrators, take some time to develop a list of key questions to ask the staff. Much energy related work cannot be incorporated in a renovation program unless the facility is brought up to current standards. Energy analysis processes have been in place for a long time and people aren’t going to be giving away proprietary information.