Financial Impact (cont.)• Average Suite: – Water and electricity cost $ 2,800 / year based on this year’s rates. – This includes both in-suite usage and common usage. We can impact both!• Areas of Focus for individual Condo Owners – Electricity and water. • In both cases, we have been told that there will be major increases, about 9% each year in the next few years, so the more we can change our habits for both and do things that reduce usage, the better we will all be.
Water• Running taps less for brushing teeth and other hygiene items like shaving really help• Taking shorter showers, using less water in a bathtub• Only running a dishwasher when it is full• All examples of things that can be done with no cost.• Replacing a toilet, for which there are incentives, is an example of something that can be done at a cost but that has long run savings, and now that there are power flush low water level toilets, also benefit from a more efficient fixture.• Encourage people to repair leaky taps and shower heads to avoid water wastage.Note: We may wish to consider a visual inspection of these during the pipelining project and develop a plan for repair/replacement if necessary.
ElectricityA few simple things that cost nothing such as:• Turning down heat or AC when you go out, such as going to work• Lowering the temperature when you go to bed at night• Really lowering heat or not turning on AC when you are away, for a day a weekend or on vacation or if you have a winter residence when you do that.• Replacing old incandescent lights with new energy efficient ones when the old ones burn out.• Looking for energy efficient labelled products such as TV’s and appliances when buying new ones. Encourage people to buy only Energy Star-rated appliances when they are replacing equipment would also help.• Turning all lights off when not at home and only leaving lights on in the area where you are when you are at home.• Ensuring that during moves in or out that the delivery person shuts the moving doors on the G level each time they go in or out in order to reduce the loss of heat from the hall corridors during months when the heat is on.• Using cross ventilation rather than AC in summer to cool most of the time in units that have cross ventilation.• Ceiling fans in each bedroom plus the walk-in closet in the M/B. I think they are more energy-efficient than the HVAC system and can be used for cooling and circulating air, depending on which direction you set the blades to turn.• Refer to the City of Toronto’s website. They have tons of energy-saving suggestions (see website link above)• Raising the temperature a few degrees in the summer and lowering a few in the winter can make a major difference and should not really change one’s lifestyle too significantly.
Model of success: Recycling• Building on the success in the recycling area, The Masters residents are tops at making things happen when they set their minds to it.
What has been done recently?• Lighting Replacement Project throughout the buildings• Replaced Pool Heaters from electric to gas• Information sessions on HVAC upgrades• Tennis court lighting initiative – Timed lights at night on the tennis courts. In addition to being inefficient, is a bother to residences who face the courts and lights.• Everyone can and should do their part…
Options• Website: – Survey Tool – News & Events – Document Library – Current Issues Page – FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions – Advertisement Section: Energy? – Homepage, About our community, About our neighbourhood, The Masters History – Links Page: • Energy: Ontario Power Authority: http://www.saveonenergy.ca/ • Energy: Toronto Power: http://www.torontohydro.com/sites/electricsystem/Pages/hometorontohydro.aspx• Bulletin Boards: Post Tips• Town hall Meeting: General Information Session• The Memorandum: Running Energy Article• Pamphlets near Gym: Get from Toronto Power or other source• Flyers: $• TV Teletype: concise message• Signage: keep doors closed when not in use during moves, others
Sub-Metering: Review OptionOriginal Position:• First we calculated then that about $ 600K of hydro was used in units.• The cost to do the metering and the billing, with leasing the meters (about 1,000) was $ 100K per year.• Thus an average owner would have to reduce power consumption by over 16% to break even.• The suppliers of the metering equipment wanted a very long lease period/commitment, one was 25 years.• We could not see more than 15% average saving thus there were no net benefits to the average owner.• No doubt to some who are not home all the time they would likely benefit and those who live in their units 12 months a year and do not work or go out during the day there would be a cost, but what it looked like was at best $ 100K savings for $ 100K of cost.
Sub-Metering (cont.)• The price of electricity alone has gone up 15% in two years. The price of transport has gone up too. When the price for electricity goes up, the case for metering gets better.• Toronto Hydro has been directed to have a different individual metering rate for condos… which has a less expensive monthly admin.• The average savings seen in a condo with metering installed is around 20%... thus, this site is actually a good candidate for individual metering.• Reconsider metering. If you do, then we have help to evaluate proposals.• Energy audit - Review VFD: Terra Energy Services. Relatively quick to quantify anything that might be left.• VFD would cut some electricity and a LOT of gas. It would also help reduce the suite electricity as there would be less need for cooling in the summer as less air would be drawn in from the outside.• Typically: 50% of the energy is used by 75% of the people the other 25% is used by 50%. Thus, 75% of the building would net benefit from metering.• Do not recommend the condo own the metering equipment. – This equipment is proving expensive to install and maintain, and long periods are required to pay off the equipment and generate a return on that investment.