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Energy Efficiency

The second significant energy waster for our nation is master metered multi-residential buildings.  Master metered means just one electricity meter for the entire property.  In these cases, which are very common in the hospitality, penitentiary and institutional housing sectors, residents show no concern for energy conservation because they do not pay their own utility bills.  Heaters get left on when the windows are open; lights and televisions are left on when no one is home just to make it seem like someone is home.  With no personal financial incentive for saving energy, the vast majority of people will not even attempt to conserve.

As a nation we must address energy waste in order, quite literally, to preserve the longevity of our national freedom.  It is therefore clear why our governmental energy organizations have chosen to focus on multi-residential housing.  We as a nation can save a lot of energy here and as a byproduct of our national energy conservation objectives, property owners, especially commercial residential property owners, are being gifted significant financial incentives in order to increase the energy efficiency of their properties.

In summary, it is clear that the mechanical systems in our buildings are often oversized and inefficient in terms of their energy consumption.  While marginal energy inefficiency may have only a small budgetary impact on the average homeowner; for large apartment property complex owners the cost associated with the energy waste of multiple, inefficient HVAC and DHW systems can often be the difference between profit and loss.  Unfortunately, no one knows that their eyes are bad until they find a pair of glasses that helps them see and even a born problem solver will only attempt to solve the problems that he recognizes.   The simple fact is, the average tree hugging, Prius driver has absolutely no idea what the energy efficiency rating of the air conditioning system that hides in his attic is; yet, it runs almost constantly for six months per year while he only drives his high MPG vehicle an average of 15 miles per day.

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