Ten Hot (and Cool) Tips A Primer on Saving Energy for Your Building

 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.  


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