Energy Efficiency Programs and Tips for your HDFC

In January 2010, UHAB received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to become a temporary subgrantee for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP.)  We received $3.5 million to provide weatherization services to 491 units in the HDFC community.  The Weatherization Assistance Program, administered by the Department of Energy (DOE) and New York State Homes and Community Renewal (NYSHCR), provides energy conservation work to your building that can help keep maintenance fees down and reduce individual household energy costs.

From January 2010 through December 2011 we provided Weatherization services to 492 units in 21 HDFC’s. These buildings received a wide array of energy efficiency retrofits including: New boilers, boiler repairs, pipe insulation, energy efficient light fixtures, energy efficient refrigerators, new windows, roof insulation, roof repair/replacement, air sealing and more.
 

Find Weatherization Agencies In Your Area

Though we are no longer able to offer the Weatherization Assistance Program there are still several Weatherization providers in NYC. If you would like to apply for the Weatherization Assistance Program, contact one of the providers in your area.

Boiler Burner Course: The Basics of Steam and Hydronic Heating

This course, co-sponsored by AEA and ANHD, is aimed at property managers, maintenance staff and residents looking to understand the operation, maintenance and opportunities for efficiency improvements in steam and hydronic heating systems. These 6 half-day course sessions will provide an introduction to heating plant analysis, with hands on opportunities in AEA's state-of-the-art heating lab. More information about the class and registration information can be found here

Con Edison Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Program 

Con Edison's Multifamily Energy Efficiency (MFEE) Program helps reduce energy usage in eligible buildings by providing technical services and incentives for the installation of cost-effective energy efficiency improvements. With this program, building owners and residents can save substantial amounts of money on utilities and reduce the demand for energy.

The program consists of financial incentives toward the cost of installing energy efficient equipment and free in-unit measures.  Free in-unit measures save the building and individual tenants money. 

• Tenants save with installation of CFL lighting and “smart” power strips for their entertainment or computer systems throughout New York City and in Westchester County.
• In eligible gas heated buildings, high efficiency faucet aerators and showerheads can save the building plenty on its hot water bills.
For buildings with Con Edison electric service, best savings opportunities under this program include:
• High-efficiency common area lighting
• Bi-level fixtures for less frequently occupied stairwell and hallway areas
• LED exit signs (must replace existing incandescent or CFL Exit signs)
• Occupancy sensors

Eligible gas heated buildings can get very good incentives for energy management systems (EMS) or thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs).  These systems make buildings more comfortable to live in by avoiding overheating and distributing the heat where it is most needed – and they reduce energy costs in the process. Insulation and other heating related measures also earn incentives.

Eligibility: Buildings with 5 to 75 dwelling units and an active Con Edison electric and/or heating gas account that pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) are eligible for the program.  Gas incentives are available only in buildings that have Con Edison heating gas accounts priced at a "firm gas" rate.  For more information about the program, email Jeff Laino at conedmultifamily@aea.us.org or call the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program Infoline at 877-634-9443.

UnWaste NY

Did you know that 25 percent of the energy we pay for, we waste? That means you’re paying more for your cooling bills than you have to. Now there’s unwasteNY, a free public service that brings New Yorkers together to reduce our energy waste, so that we can all live more resourcefully.

At unwasteNY.org you can create a free custom plan to unwaste energy in your home, see how your energy use compares to your neighbors, learn small actions that can make a big difference in reducing energy waste and find programs and rebates to help you save energy and money.

For more information and to start unwasting now, log in online at www.unwasteny.org

DEP Leak Notification Program- Sign up your building today!

The Leak Notification Program is a new initiative from the Department of Environmental Protection that alerts customers to potential water leaks on their property.

Did you know:

  • Leaks can account for an average of 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year. That’s equivalent of the amount used to fill a swimming pool!
  • If a toilet runs constantly, you could be wasting 200 gallons of water at a cost of approximately $800 per toilet every day.
  • A typical leaky faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year!
  • A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year at an approximate cost of $2000 per year.

Source: WaterSense and EPA Partnership Program http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html

Here’s how it works: register online and you will receive email notifications if your water use increases unexpectedly.  This gives your HDFC a chance to address any major leaks before they cause a bigger billing problem for the building at large.

You can apply online at: DEP Leak_Notification website.  For information please call 718-595-7000.

Additional information about the program can be found online or feel free to contact Marie at calvertkilbane@uhab.org or 212-479-3374 to find the organization serving your community.