Environmental/Utilities Issues

November, 10 2022 Published by Grand River Chapter - By Maggie Matian

Understanding the Types of New Energy Available for Your Condo

The effects of greenhouse gasses on our climate are not new topics for discussion. However, in the spirit of doing our part for the community, there are areas that condominiums can look at to ease that greenhouse load.

The effects of greenhouse gasses on our climate are not new topics for discussion. However, in the spirit of doing our part for the community, there are areas that condominiums can look at to ease that greenhouse load. 

That area would be new energy. 

Whether you are looking to change the energy sources in your building for your heat, lighting, or overall energy, take a look at these options when approaching your next board meeting. 

LED Lighting 
One of the more talked about sources of renewable energy. Light emitting diode (LED) products produce light up to 90% more efficiently than incandescent light. One of LEDs biggest perks is their thermal management. The heat produced from LED light is absorbed into a heat sink. This keeps it from overheating and burning out, which leads to longer bulb lifespan. 

How much would LED lights save you?

LEDs use between 25%-80% less energy than incandescent lights. Per the DOE, the annual energy cost of a 60 W incandescent light is $4.80, but the comparable cost of a 12 W LED, (providing the same light as a 60 W incandescent light) is $1.00.

LED lighting is one of the more versatile lighting options and can be quite beneficial for your condominium.

Solar Panels
Remember doing grade school projects on solar energy, and how cool they sounded in science class? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that this is not only a cost-effective energy option, but great for the environment, too. 

Home solar energy is more affordable now than ever. Admittedly, not the nicest-looking panels, however, they do come with benefits that may suit your condominium. 

Now, as Canadians, we may think solar energy is not an effective energy option. Sun? From December to March? Unheard of. 

You’ll be happy to hear that solar panels are more efficient in colder temperatures. This is because excess heat can reduce the voltage they produce. Larger solar systems would benefit those of us living in colder, darker climates to experience the same results as we would during the warmer months, or warmer climates. 

Though the initial installation cost may deter many from considering solar energy, the ROI is worth it. An average of 75-80% of your hydro bill could be saved using solar panels.

Infrared Heating
As Canadians dealing with the long months of winter, we have all experienced high heating bills. What then could be offered as a suggestion to help curb that expense? Look into Infrared heating. This energy efficient alternative could be saving you up to 70%!

Infrared heating is an innovative home heating technology. It’s comfortable, affordable, and efficient. The heat itself is therapeutic and can help reduce allergens and kill mold. This is definitely a sleek option for those of us looking to reduce costs, emissions, and feel some of those warm sun rays when we’re dealing with meters-high snow piles. 

Reducing overall costs of your condominium can help funnel funds into other areas that unit owners, condominium managers, and directors may have their sights on. Talk to your board today to discuss new energy options that are best for your corporation. Bring your questions and concerns and be open to learn about what is available to you.

Maggie Matian
Marketing Manager for CCI Grand River


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