Property managers and businesses throughout the New York City will soon be able to turn off their furnaces after the last of the snow melts and get their air conditioners or central air units ready for the coming warmer temperatures. If you are cringing at the amount of your energy bills this year, check out these simple solutions for saving energy this spring.
1) Get yearly service for your heating and cooling units to ensure the equipment works optimally.
2) Have an energy audit. Energy audits are performed by a qualified auditor who evaluates your energy systems and power usage. The auditor can then provide a thorough report on your energy usage and ways to make your systems more efficient.
3: Have retro-commissioning performed. Due to the recent Local Law 87 passed in New York City, if you have a building that is over 500,000 gross square feet, you will need to have an energy audit performed and retro-commissioning. Retro-commissioning allows engineers to evaluate your energy systems and decide — based on the information in the energy audit — whether you have the best equipment installed and it is working properly to provide optimal energy-efficiency.
Nobody wants to lose money from inefficient energy and heating/cooling systems. Get your equipment evaluated by auditors and engineers from IAG energy. Stay in compliance with the new energy laws with professional energy audits and retro-commissioning.
There are many types of insulation used in both commercial and residential buildings. Ideally, insulation should help make everything airtight, thereby saving on energy bills. A well insulated building will keep cold drafts out and hold in heat during winter. The most common insulation types include:
- spray foam insulation that include loose fibers and fiber pellets
- rigid board insulation
- blanket insulation
- loose-fill insulation
Different types of insulation may affect your heating bill. This is because such insulations differ in terms of their R-values. R-values are basically used in measuring how effective a particular insulation is. To arrive at an R-value, the following aspects of the insulation are considered:
It is important to consult experts like iAG Energy when doing insulation for your building, be it commercial or residential. At iAG Energy, we endeavor to make your energy compliance simple. We specialize in energy auditing, benchmarking, and retro-commissioning. All this is aimed at making sure you are in full compliance with Local law 84 and 87.
It is important to choose the right type of insulation for your building to save on energy bills. Of the four types of insulation, loose-fill insulation has been found to be the most efficient.
Trying to save energy as a building manager or owner of a corporate workspace can be cumbersome and difficult. There are a lot of sources of energy consumption in large buildings, but one of the most common to focus on is lighting. As lighting technology develops, new lighting options are becoming available to help reduce the energy cost of lighting further than many are aware.
The traditional example of an efficient lighting option is fluorescent lighting, which can serve the same purpose as traditional incandescent lighting while taking around 10% of the power and lasting 8 times longer. In addition, fluorescent light bulbs fit into the same sockets as incandescent bulbs, meaning no equipment or retrofitting is required whatsoever. However, even the energy cost of fluorescent lighting can be greatly improved upon, depending on the specific needs that your lighting solutions have to meet.
Certain types of lighting, such as LED lighting, are even more efficient than fluorescent bulbs, and better suited to certain purposes (though not to others). LED light bulbs can provide focused light much more efficiently than fluorescent ones, are much more durable, and last about three times longer. However in situations where spread lighting is needed it may take more than two LED bulbs to cover the same area as a single fluorescent bulb, making LED lighting’s efficiency situation dependent.
A firm like iAG Energy can provide services to help you adapt your lighting solution to match your needs specifically. Corporate analysis is more thorough than what you can do yourself, and helps to ensure that you are reducing the energy cost of your space as much as possible.
Energy costs are rising as environmental awareness becomes a bigger deal, and new energy efficient options for home and business owners are coming out every day. But identifying the most effective options to reduce your building’s energy costs and to ensure your compliance with local laws can be difficult and confusing.
Often, it can be difficult to identify the devices or appliances that are using the most energy, which makes it even more difficult to identify the appliances you should target to save energy. It is a fairly simple matter to measure the power consumed by a single appliance, room, or set of devices on a single circuit. However to effectively take action towards saving energy, you would have to identify the power consumed by each appliance or area individually, and then compare what each of these values is against what it should be.
One option to make this process more efficient is to target only the most out of date areas and devices, which are likely to consume the most energy. If you are a building manager, you can make use of the services of iAG Energy, which will help you analyze all of your energy consumption and also help with retrofits and replacements to help building managers meet local laws and standards.
As companies continue to seek new ways to achieve energy efficiency in their buildings, they can look to companies such as the New York based iAG Energy for innovative ideas and current information about energy consumption around the globe. While focusing on issues specific to New York, it is important to stay aware of exciting innovations and ideas from fellow business owners.
Keeping tabs on a few essential issues helps the company work toward achieving, as well as exceeding, its energy efficiency goals. Currently, the company monitors one of the pressing matters that is specific to New York.
Energy Audits and Local Law 87 (LL87)
In the continuing effort to make buildings more energy-efficient, LL87 will help to advance progress on this front. The law aims to make companies accountable by requiring an audit, which often lead to companies needing to make retrofits to achieve compliance with the mandates of the law.
The law states that companies that feature more than 50,000 gross square feet or more undergo an energy audit, periodically. If there are any aberrations from the mandates, the company must undergo retrofitting measures. Once the audit is complete, the professional conducting the audit submits an Energy Efficiency Report (EER), which they file electronically. Since this report is filedwith the city once every 10 years, New York is working toward uniform compliance.
Energy conservation has proven an issue ever since man first learned how to harness the forces of nature to do his bidding. Let’s take a brief look at how our needs and methods for energy efficiency have evolved over the centuries.
The earliest examples of energy conservation involved the use of domesticated animals to do more farm work in considerably less time than human power allowed. But industrial energy as we think of it didn’t really take off until the perfection of the steam engine in the 1700s. Coal served as the fuel of choice for steam and electrical power generators well into the late 19th Century, when petroleum became the default fuel for the blossoming automotive industry.
These resources seemed limitless until reality hit hard in the 1970s. The oil embargo pushed congress to enact the National Energy Act, the National Energy Conservation Policy Act and other regulatory programs. The Energy Conservation in New Building Design standard appeared in 1975, and compliance with LEED and ENERGY STAR standards has since become the goal of many facilities.
Here at iAG Energy, our energy audits are constantly helping New York facilities increase their energy efficiency and Local Law 87 compliance. Write your own chapter in the future of energy conservation by contacting us at 718-568-0323!
While we’re working hard to make NYC’s buildings energy efficient, cities around the world are taking their own measures. Take a look at some of the highlights of best – and the worst.
Singapore - Singapore’s emphasis on green building and sustainable technology has prompted the government to create its own efficiency rating system. Known as Green Mark, this program places a special emphasis on the use of energy-efficient cooling systems. Singapore aims to reduce its energy intensity by 35 percent by the year 2030.
Stockholm - Many cities worldwide look to the Swedish capital as a model of energy efficiency and sustainability. The city’s vehicle fleet consists entirely of “clean energy” cars, and it plans to become entirely fossil-fuel independent by 2030. Stockholm is also home to the world’s most energy-efficient building, the Kungsbrohuset.
Belfast - The BCC reports that this Irish city ranks as the least energy-efficient city in the entire United Kingdom. Oddly enough, its per capita consumption is fairly low, but its carbon emissions indicate particularly wasteful consumption practices. While other UK cities have managed to reduce their emissions by 10 to 12 percent, Belfast lags behind at around 4 percent — at one point, its emission levels actually showed an increase! The city clearly needs a smarter energy strategy and stronger regulations to get itself on track with its neighbors.
You can make your own corner of the city more energy efficient too. Contact iAG Energy today to take the first step with an energy audit.
During an energy audit a professional energy auditor assesses your building in order to identify energy savings opportunities. At audit completion an energy audit report is provided summarizing the findings. Those who follow the report findings for energy improvement will find that their energy costs are significantly lowered. In a building complex, each structure must be individually audited.
During the energy audit interview, your facility manager will answer the auditor’s questions. Lighting, air-conditioning, heating, HVAC, controls, air compressors, hydrological equipment and anything else consuming energy is inspected. Other inspections that take place may include light level, power draw and temperature. In your audit report you will typically find a list of equipment that uses energy, energy balance information and a report containing feasible energy conservation measures (ECMs).
Your ECM report describes existing conditions, proposed ECMs, expected savings from ECMs, ECM implementation cost, payback and other financial measures. Full-service energy audits and retro-commissioning services under Local Law 87 will ensure that your building complies with regulations and helps you maintain economical energy costs. New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan Local Law 87 requires that buildings having an area over 50,000 square feet must file an Energy Efficiency Report.
When you hire qualified and experienced engineers, you will receive the recommendations necessary for a skilled remediation that will not only provided you with energy savings, but will also help you to attract tenants because of your excellent green facility status. iAG Energy can help you take the steps you need to meet Local Law 87 and green energy expectations.
Energy audits aren’t just good policy; they also help facility owners save lots of money in the long run. Here are 3 success stories from iAG Energy’s files:
Brookford, LLC at 315 Central Park West - This 12-story multifamily building/office facility dates from 1911, with an asphalt rolled roof and a basement-mounted steam boiler. Our audit produced 13 recommended energy efficiency measures that enabled the owners to save $154,980 per year on their energy expenses.
2157 Ocean Avenue - The multifamily residential building at 2157 Ocean Avenue was nearly 70 years younger than 312 Central Park West, but we found it to be consuming energy relatively efficiently. Even so, we still identified 4 energy saving measures which could allow the building to save 911.6 kilowatt hours per year — a money savings of $19,687.
Renaissance Properties at 260 Fifth Avenue - Here’s another newer building in need of changes. This 61,000-square foot industrial warehouse facility, constructed in 1988, was running at 6 percent under the desired National Median Energy Utilization Index. We found no fewer than 19 action items that, once implemented, represented an annual cost savings of $150,641.
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Ready for your own Local Law 87-compliant energy audit? Contact iAG energy at 718-568-0323 and let us help you create your own energy savings success story.
Hoping to cut costs and improve energy efficiency in your building this winter? Encourage tenants to help by offering them a list of simple energy-saving tips that can keep them more comfortable during the cold months:
- Open drapes on south-facing windows to let the sun’s natural energy warm your space.
- Invest in insulated drapes. Great to keep out winter winds, insulated drapes also help you’re your space cooler in the summer b blocking hot sun.
- Place shelving against exterior walls or hang colorful quilts to add an extra layer of insulation.
- Keep the heat turned down at night and when you’re at work.
- Heat only the space you use. Turn your main thermostat down and use movable heaters to heat individual rooms as you use them.
- Consider adding a humidifier. Air that has moisture in it feels warmer than dry air.
- Make sure heating vents aren’t blocked by furniture so heat can flow freely.
Providing tenants with a helpful list of energy-saving tips is one way to help ensure your building is more energy-efficient. Having a comprehensive audit performed is another. At IAG Energy, we specialize in auditing services that can help you remain in compliance with Local Laws 84 and 87. Getting started is easy. Give us a call today at 718-568-0323 so you can get started moving toward a more energy-efficient future.