Energy efficiency has become a “buzz word” over the past couple years throughout Chicagoland and more and more gadgets and devices have come on the market that are specifically designed to use less energy. Saving energy does a lot more than just reduce a building’s carbon footprint and toxic emissions; however, going green can save a building some green too. The steps condos and HOAs can take to reduce energy consumption and save money range from the very simple to the very complex.
We asked various energy experts to offer their best tips for saving energy and money. Remember, the list is just a start—there are many ways in which you can go green, but following some of these ideas is a great beginning.
Check Your Current Systems
Without a doubt, all of the experts agreed that keeping your current systems maintained was the number one way to save both energy and money.
Jim Stoller, a licensed architect and president of The Building Group in Chicago, a property management firm, suggests bringing in a licensed engineer to evaluate your current system and come up with cost-effective, low energy solutions that have a three- to- five year payback.