DEPM recently embarked on a very interesting project to save energy and cut fuel costs at one of our properties, a 38-building complex that straddles the Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods in Queens.
The residential rental property has been owner managed for over 50 years, but recently, DEPM was brought in to provide professional management. All facets of the property were evaluated, and one of the first initiatives was to analyze heating costs, operations and procedures. After some analysis, we determined that the complex was a prime candidate for a fully computerized, remotely managed heat control system.
Here’s how it works: Sensors are placed in the buildings to determine the heat levels throughout each property. Then the computerized controls determine if any heat is called for. The machines monitor how each boiler is operating, and send out a signal to an app that DEPM managers, supers and emergency staff all have on their iphones.
On this app, from literally anywhere, DEPM can monitor and control heat, discover immediately if there is a problem with any of the boilers, and adjust heat to any of the buildings remotely.
Last winter, even though it was one of the coldest in many years, these new controls and monitors saved this property 15% on gas bills! And because National Grid offers a large rebate on the installation of these controls, there is the opportunity for further discounts, and even greater savings.
For more information on using these types of computerized controls in your property, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.