Renter Conservation Engagement (Sub-metered vs. non-Sub-metered)
The Renter Conservation Engagement, takes lessons learned in the Condo market, and will validate whether rental communities can be similarly engaged in an in-suite lighting audit and retrofit project
BACKGROUND & DETAILS
In late 2010, EcoSpark Lighting conducted the largest in-suite lighting audit and retrofit project in a multi-residential building up to now. The project saved the specific condominium 353.90 Demand KW, over $110,000/year. The condominium was also entitled to the largest rebate ever provided by Toronto Hydro for a condo-wide retrofit project to this date.
The project demonstrated how you can get an “Owner” community engaged in reducing energy consumption.
We also identified a significant difference in the uptake of the in-suite lighting and retrofit project when the “Owner” was sub-metered and responsible to pay for the electricity they consumed, as opposed to an “Owner” who was not sub-metered, and who pays for electricity based on the square footage of their unit as a percentage of the overall building square footage.
The Renter Conservation Engagement, takes lessons learned in the Condo market, and will validate whether rental communities can be similarly engaged in an in-suite lighting audit and retrofit project, and to determine if the same uptake differences are seen whether each unit is sub-metered or not.
With the support of the Condo board, who have responsibility for the common areas of a condominium, the method used was to go unit by unit and propose custom lighting solutions for each unit depending on their needs and wants.
The main goal is to bring the community together in reducing the amount of energy consumed by inefficient light bulbs while keeping the lighting pleasant and in keeping with aesthetic requirements..
We are proposing to see if a student community of renters at Centennial College, would be engaged in having an in-suite lighting upgrade,
a) If there is no sub-metering in the unit, the cost of the lighting upgrade would be borne by the owner of the Student rental housing facility, since they gain the benefit of reduced electrical consumption and associated reduced electricity cost
b) If there is sub-metering in the unit, the cost of the lighting upgrade would be borne by the renter of the individual Student rental housing unit, since they gain the benefit of reduced electrical consumption and associated reduced electricity cost
The overall goal, in either case is to reducing the amount of energy consumed, reduce the associated carbon footprint and lowering the electricity bill for the person who actually pays the electrical utility for it.
The engagement model, when deployed at a 500 unit condominium in Toronto, where each unit was sub-metered, saved 353.90 Demand KW, over $110,000/year and saw an 80% plus participation rate.
When changing light bulbs in a community-wide project, the reduction of kWh is extremely substantial, especially when the community participation is over 80 percent.
When a building is sub-metered it would be a direct business value for the unit owner to do anything to lower their electrical consumption for the purpose of saving them money.
In a non sub-metered building, the community involvement is still very important because if each unit has their lighting changed it will affect the building’s operating cost which will in turn lower the common expense fees in the future. It is still up to the building owner to pass the benefits to the unit “owner”
In a Condominium with sub-meters we took on average a connected load of x and reduced it to y.
With the assumption that the lights are on for z hours a day, we saved the Condominium unit owner a significant amount of money on a yearly basis.
In a Condominium without sub-meters we took on average a connected load of x’ and reduced it to y’.
With the assumption that the lights are on z’ hours a day we saved the Condominium corporation a significant amount of money on a yearly basis, which will in turn trickle down to the unit owners.
The emission reduction potential in the rental market is expected to be in the same range, but they will be dependent on the exercises we choose to use and measured against the baseline we establish.
EcoSpark Lighting Solutions - http://ecosparklighting.ca/ - This company has the experience and reference customers in the Condo market and are the for-profit partner in this effort. They will be bringing their lessons learned and working with Centennial to determine the applicability and energy consumption reduction potential in a rental environment.
Centennial College – Student Residence Services - http://www.centennialrez.ca/ This organization will be asked to provide access to a number of rental units under their control, so we can establish a couple of study groups, sub-metered and non-submetered
Centennial College – School of Business - http://www.centennialcollege.ca/business This group will be asked to look at the buiness aspects and key indicators of success for this study, and determine how the model could be expanded within the Centennial community and beyond
Centennial College – School of Communications, Media and Design - http://www.centennialcollege.ca/thecentre this group will be asked to assist in the communications aspect of engaing the target community, and to capture success stories from the earlier experience inthe condo market. Various media will be used to easily communicate the value proposition.
With the amount of electrical reduction and the money saved from it, communities will begin to see that this idea is crucial in all multi-residential buildings.
It will also ensure them that they are not using out of date lighting technologies that is costing them top dollar especially with the rising electricity costs.
This is a very easy way of saving money and reducing their carbon footprint at the same time.
This project will definitely have a domino effect and as soon as a few communities get on board, every community will want to be a part of it.