Reduce utility costs by improving building performance.
Utility costs are rising. Providers who cover the costs of utilities are concerned about how this will affect their budgets. And both providers and community advocates are concerned about how this will affect low-income residents who pay for their own utilities.
Encouraging conservation and taking advantage of incentive programs are great first steps. However to truly reap the benefits of these activities and to maximize your investments in energy-saving capital projects, you need to take an informed approach. Studies show that monitoring, targeting and reporting on building energy performance can achieve savings of between 5 to 15%. Add targeted energy-efficient building systems and retrofits and you can reduce consumption from 30 to 50%. The trouble is that many providers don’t have the time or resources to collect the data. In addition, it’s tough to gauge how well buildings are actually performing.
The Utility Management Program (UMP) helps housing providers with multi-residential buildings control utility costs by enabling them to measure, manage and save.
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This project was made possible through the financial support of the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) Conservation Fund.