Is your utility utilizing the right data to increase efficiency and decrease energy costs? Building facilities consume large amounts of energy. Heating, cooling, lighting, equipment and energy waste drive consumption and costs. Monitoring consumption is the first step in reducing waste. With the right data, facility managers can identify inefficiencies, make informed decisions, and improve efficiency. Smart meters, HVAC controls, lighting controls and submetering devices generate the data. Cost savings, enhanced efficiency and environmental sustainability are among the benefits of energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency is called the “first fuel” in the clean energy transitions because it provides the quickest mitigation options while lowering energy bills and strengthening energy security. One example is Rhode Island Energy. The company relied on estimated reads instead of sending technicians to each home during the pandemic. This method has customers questioning pricy utility bills. “Out of the blue, I got a bill for $45,000,” said Paul Joyal, the owner of Mr. J’s Havana Cigar Lounge.
Con Edison is helping small and medium businesses to benefit from immediate returns on energy saving investments. The utility’s Small-Medium Business Neighborhood Program in Queens has incentives that could cover the total costs of energy efficiency upgrades and installments. Utility are not alone in their energy efficiency efforts. Lawmakers are also strong supporters of the program:
- “This is a fantastic opportunity for our local organizations to reduce their energy consumption, lower utility bills and contribute to a more sustainable future,” said Councilwoman Nantasha Williams.
- State Senator Leroy Comrie said, “I’m grateful to see this initiative move forward from Con Edison and I strongly encourage those who are qualified to apply and participate to learn how the Neighborhood Program can benefit them and Southeast Queens consumers.”
- Greater Jamaica Development Corporation President & CEO Justin Rodgers said, “Energy efficiency upgrades will have an immediate impact for business owners and we are glad to help introduce this program across southeast Queens.”