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1 1 Energy Efficiency: Benefits to Apartment Owners & Tenants Tim Perrin Neil Curtis Vermont Law School July 28, 2010

2 2 Glossary of Terms Conservation: Turning the light off Efficiency: Getting the best light in the right location in the most efficient manner Renewable Energy: Lighting the bulb with a renewable energy source (i.e. Wind, Solar, Other)

3 3 Efficiency: Our most cost-effective energy resource

4 4 Efficiency Vermont: Who We Are Nations first statewide provider of energy efficiency services Created by the Vermont Legislature and Vermont Public Service Board in 2000 Competitively-bid, performance-based contract managed by Vermont Energy Investment Corp.

5 5 Efficiency Vermont: What We Do Technical Assistance & Recommendations Coupled with Economic Analysis Collaborate with Architects / Contractors Provide Objective Expertise Financial Incentives & Assistance

6 6 Through an Energy Efficiency Charge (EEC) on all electric bills Average residential customer ~$2-3 per month Most states have energy efficiency services typically managed by their electric utility Other programs: charges buried in electric rates Efficiency Vermont: How Were Funded

7 7 Why is Energy Efficiency Relevant Energy Efficiency Can… Lower Operating Costs Increase Comfort Improve Occupant Health & Productivity Improve Building Durability & Value Reduce Maintenance Issues

8 8 Performance Issues: Heat Loss

9 9 Performance Issues: Moisture

10 10 Maintain building infrastructure Reliable mechanical equipment Reduce apartment turnover & complaints Tenants can afford paying rent Apartment Owner Goals= Tenant Goals The building doesnt fall apart Stay warm (and dont have to call) No need to look elsewhere Reduce housing expenses – Improve sales potential for apartments –

11 11 The Barrier to Implementation Apartments suffer from the split incentive Landlord owns the building Tenant pays electric, sometimes fuel bills What is the incentive to make changes?

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13 13 Pluck the Low-Hanging Fruit Compact Fluorescent Lights Stop Uncontrolled Air Movement Programmable Thermostat Low-Flow Showerheads / Faucets Annual HVAC Servicing

14 14 A Bit Higher Up the Tree Add More Insulation R-38 in attic, R-19 in walls, R-10 in basement Choose Energy Star ® Appliances Use 10-50% less energy than standard model Remove Electric Heat & Hot Water Costs 10-40% more than other heating sources

15 15 (Source: Vermont Fuel Price Report

16 16 Fruit Near the Top of the Tree New Energy Star ® Windows Heating System Replacement Evaluate Water-Heating Options Resizing of Air Conditioning System

17 17 Efficiency Vermont: Your Resource for Energy Savings Home Performance With Energy Star Vermont Energy Star Homes Efficient Appliances / Lighting Technical Assistance

18 18 Services: Home Performance Comprehensive Approach Audit and Implementation Certified Contractors Trained by Efficiency Vermont

19 19 Services: Home Performance Energy Audit Installation Pre- and post- metering Rebates

20 20 Home Performance Incentives Measure 1-4 Units 5+ Units Audit & air leakage reduction of at least 10%. Minimum health and safety measures $250$500 Heating system duct distribution improvements $100n/a Heating system replacements$500 See HVAC rebates Maximum total Incentive per building$2,500$7,500

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22 22 Services: Rebate Programs Lighting Smart Power Strips Energy Star Appliances Refrigerator Clothes washer Air conditioner Dehumidifier

23 23 ENERGY STAR Refrigerator: $150 Rebate!! FREE Water conservation Controlled Ventilation: $110 Rebate!! FREE CFLs Multifamily Housing Rebate Application

24 24 Heating & Cooling Incentives

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26 26 When Is the Best Time to Contact Us New appliance Renovation Tenant changeover Planned repairs/upgrades Recurring problems Reduce energy costs

27 27 Questions?

28 28 How to Reach Us… Efficiency Vermont 255 S. Champlain Street Burlington, Vermont _______________________ (888) Phone

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