How to Save Energy Living In an Condo/Apartment Building

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by Ashton Service Group
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As more people are choosing to live in condos and apartments due to their lifestyle and needing less space as they downsize from larger homes. Multi-residential buildings offer many amenities of being nearby to stores and restaurants. Your apartment building may have a gym, pool/spa and other communal spaces that a single family home may not have and you now have access to.

There are always advantages and disadvantages when living in a condo vs a single family home. When you are living in a detached house, you have more control over how much you can do to save on energy costs but in an apartment building you can bring up to the council who looks after the common spaces on how the building can reduce their energy costs.

Strata councils can look for a company like Ashton Service Group to help assess their building’s energy use and propose recommendations on how they can lower energy costs and decrease the electricity bills in Metro Vancouver.

Lighting

– Installing energy efficient lighting like compact flourescents (CFLs) or LED exit lamps in common hallways and spaces. CFLs turn more energy into light and less into heat compared to regular incandescent light bulbs. As well CFLs last longer than normal light bulbs which saves on labour and material costs in having to replace the lights and having someone change them.

– Installing automatic switches or timers to turn lights on when it is needed will help save on energy costs. But remember fire regulations require lighting to be on in hallways and stair walls at all times.

Parking Exhaust Fans

– Use a CO sensor to activate the parking exhaust fans when the CO level in the parking areas approaches the level set by the building code in your city. This will help reduce the electricity cost in having the fans run continually as well as reduce the level of noise the fans will make throughout the day.

– If you do not want to link the CO sensor to the parking exhaust fan, you can also have your building maintenance contractor to put in a timer to shut off the ventilation fans during the times when there is little activity in the parking area such as late at night and early morning.

Pools and Spas

– If you have outdoor pools and spas, consider using a foam/polyethylene cover when they are not in use to reduce heat loss and lower the heating costs of operating them. For indoor pools and spas, using a cover also reduces the ventilation costs.

– Consider installing push button timers when operating sauna heater for pre-set time periods.

– Set pool water temperatures to 24°C – 28°C and spa water temperatures to 36°C- 40°C to reduce heating costs in maintaining the temperature of the pool and spa.

All of these are helpful tips to help save buildings money to put towards other items that may need to be address. But it is important to  make sure your equipment is being properly maintained. Dirty, old or uncalibrated equipment wastes money.

If you are looking for a  contractor to look after your building’s mechanical equipment and systems, give Ashton Service Group a call at 604-283-2383 today. We are experienced mechanical contractors that look after numerous  buildings across Metro Vancouver providing quarterly and semi-annually inspections to ensure the equipment is working as it should be.

Fortis BC also has rebates for building owners if they upgrade or make their buildings more energy efficient.

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