Energy efficiency has become a “buzz word” over the past couple years in New Jersey and more and more gadgets and devices have come on the market that are specifically designed to use less energy. Saving energy does a lot more than just reduce a building’s carbon footprint and toxic emissions, however—going green can save a building some green too. The steps condos and HOAs can take to reduce energy consumption and save money range from the very simple to the very complex.
We asked various energy experts to offer their best tips for saving energy and money. Remember, the list is just a start—there are many ways in which you can go green, but following some of these ideas is a great place to start.
Check Your Current Systems
Without a doubt, all of the experts agreed that keeping your current systems maintained was the number one way to save both energy and money.
Allan Samuels, a partner at Energy Squared, an engineering and consulting firm in North Brunswick, suggests that there should be someone responsible for keeping the systems that consume energy—chillers, water towers, condensing units, lighting, fans, air conditioning units, heating, boilers, any mechanical or electrical systems—operating and functional, but unfortunately not everyone wants this responsibility.