Consumers Energy is now making it easier and more affordable than ever to implement energy saving upgrades in multifamily properties. Owners of multifamily properties can now take advantage of cash incentives to make high-efficiency energy upgrades to their buildings.
Under the Consumers Energy Saving Solutions program for multifamily properties, specially trained energy advisors will also perform free energy assessments of lighting, heating, cooling and water heating systems in common areas. Field technicians will install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), energy-efficient showerheads and kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators in each living unit at no charge. The energy advisors then recommend the most beneficial and cost-effective energy improvements, including those for which property owners can receive cash back from Consumers Energy. Assessments are performed by Consumers Energy Multifamily Program’s En- ergy Advisors or Trade Allies who understand the Consumers Energy Saving Solutions program.
The environmental and cost-saving benefits of these replacements can be substantial:
• CFLs save up to 75 percent of the energy used by conventional incandescent bulbs and can last 10 times longer.
• Low-flow showerheads use 40 percent less water, which in turn results in less energy used to heat the water.
• Faucet aerators use 31 percent less water with similar energy savings.
Rebates for energy efficiency upgrades include, $1.50 per light bulb replaced, $18 per fur- nace tune-up, $30 per exit sign replaced, $75 per water heater replaced, and more.
The program is open to properties of five or more units per building served by Consumers Energy and helps owners add value to properties and reduce water, electric and sewer costs.
“We’re inviting multifamily property owners to make important—and valuable—energy up- grades,” says Sandy Wymer, Energy Efficiency Programs Manager for Consumers Energy. “Energy cost savings are just one benefit of improving the energy efficiency of multifamily properties. Rebates help defray the cost of upgrades for multifamily property owners, and also offer the potential to increase property values, reduce tenants’ costs and improve the environment.”
In addition to significant cost savings in reduced natural gas, electricity, water and sewage charges, these high-efficiency upgrades offer owners potential financial incentives. These in- clude increased property values resulting from beneficial building improvements and in- creased revenues through attraction and higher retention of quality renters and buyers.
Consumers Energy invites you to start saving energy and money now by scheduling your Energy Assessment today. Follow these tips to make your savings go even further!
• When making upgrades, install energy-efficient appliances. • More light shines through when you keep dust off your lampshades, light fixtures and bulbs.
• Prevent heat loss as warm air travels through heat ductsby wrapping the heat ducts with insulation.
• Repair open spaces in broken or cracked windows.
To learn more about these programs and how you can participate, call (866) 234-0445. For additional tips on energy savings for you or your tenants, visit www.consumersenergy.com
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