Consider replacing old, drafty windows and doors with Energy Star® rated, efficient ones--they could reduce your energy bill by 15%. Federal energy tax credits are available check the Energy Star® website:
NYC Green House is an HPD program designed to help building owners reduce the amount of energy used to operate their buildings safely and efficiently. Whether renovating units, replacing mechanicals or maintaining these residential buildings, NYC Green House provides access to tax credits, rebates and incentives that promote energy efficiency as well as some easy tips for everyday upkeep that can lower your energy bills.
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If the skylights in your stairwell have fallen into disrepair, consider replacing them or repairing them. This will provide natural daylight so you can reduce your dependence on electric lighting.
Bring fresh air into your building: instruct your maintenance staff to leave windows in common areas (like lobbies and stairwells) open when the outside temperature is between 55-75ºF.
Use the Energy Star® Guide to Federal Tax Credits to find which products might get you a tax credit or a refund:
Energy Star® rated window air conditioners use about 10% less energy than non-rated A/C room units. In addition to having great features (like timers and temperature control), they can save you $60 during the machine’s lifetime. Look for the yellow label on appliances in the hardware store, or check out different models on the EPA’s Energy Star® website:
Energy Star® qualified refrigerators are 20% more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard. That adds up to significant savings for your tenants, and less of a draw on your building’s wiring. They may be eligible for a tax credit, too. You can find qualified models here:
Figure out whether your building operates efficiently or if it’s an energy hog. Using your energy bill, this downloadable calculator will help you determine where your building falls.
Educate your residents about all the great tricks and tips offered by GreeNYC by visiting this site:
You may be eligible to get New York State rebates on Energy Star® appliances. Visit this website to learn about the rebate program:
Encourage your tenants to buy Energy Star® rated appliances and electronics. They use 10-50% less energy and water than non-rated appliances. Read more on the appliance section of the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star® program:
For a Do-It-Yourself home energy assessment, the U.S. Department of Energy will get you started:
Repair broken windows and loose doors to limit heat loss. Make sure your residents’ thermostats and/or radiator valves are working properly.
Service your boiler regularly to keep it running at peak efficiency. Your fuel or gas company can set up an inspection and maintenance plan with you.
Property owners can benefit from federal tax credits for energy efficiency improvements on their homes. Visit Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency:
An Energy Star® rated boiler or a model that is 90%+ efficient uses about 6% less energy than a standard boiler. Check out these models.
Multi-family building owners, developers, and landlords can get information from NYSERDA'S
New York Energy $mart(SM) for how to reduce residential energy expenditures:
Figure out whether your building operates efficiently or if it’s an energy hog. Using your energy bill, this downloadable calculator from Pratt Center will help you determine where your building falls:
Use passive heat conductors to improve heating. Install inexpensive reflectors behind radiators to maximize efficiency.
Open shut-off valves and make sure radiator air valves are working properly in order to make sure your residents’ radiators and vents are operating efficiently.
Inspect and remove any blocks or obstructions to ensure that your residents’ radiators and vents are working properly.