Vesta Corporation is using Kilojolts new energy toolkit for property managers to change tenant behavior and cut energy consumption at its affordable housing communities, according to the companies.
The SEE The Light Property Manager’s Energy Toolkit, created exclusively for the multi-family housing sector, is a behavior-based energy efficiency system that comes bundled with all the tools, technology and training resources owners and managers need to reduce energy use.
Kilojolts says property managers can use the toolkit to address the 20 percent of their facilities’ energy budget that the Energy Star program estimates is caused by employees’ and tenants’ everyday behaviors.
Tenants and employees aren’t deliberately wasting energy by leaving lights and computers on, forgetting to close doors and windows, or ignoring water leaks, Kilojolts President Gary Markowitz says. But, he adds, SEE The Light can help building managers explain the effects of these inefficient practices, and encourage residents to adopt new energy-smart habits.
The Property Manager’s Energy Toolkit is the 14th in a series of market segment-specific SEE The Light Toolkits. Other market segments include manufacturing, commercial offices, supermarkets, restaurants and schools.
Each Property Manager’s Energy Toolkit includes education tools, customized branded materials, and a license for SEE The Light Energy Benchmarking Software. The toolkits walk property and maintenance managers step-by-step through a process for modifying staff and resident behaviors, integrating energy-efficient education and practices into daily life. The software allows owners and operators to measure the success of their behavioral energy program, capturing current energy usage, tracking energy use reductions and sharing results.
Vesta develops, owns and manages affordable housing communities throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic, the southeast, Midwest and Texas. According to Josh Greenblatt, Vesta’s vice president of property operations, the company has implemented other energy-efficiency measures in recent years, including installing Connecticut’s largest residential solar hot water system at its Windham Heights property in Willimantic and replacing inefficient HVAC systems with highly efficient ones at Royal Mall Apartments in Niles, Ohio. Greenblatt says the company is using SEE The Light to reduce energy waste caused by human behavior.
Markowitz says, according to US Energy Information Administration estimates, multi-family units account for 15 percent of the nation’s energy consumption, or $10 billion annually.