Energy Saving Tips for Condo Corporations and Residents

July 2015

With energy costs increasing each year, more efficient energy utilization means lower monthly fees for all or more money available for other uses.

Obtain resident support and participation in a building wide commitment to improve energy efficiency and more sustainable practices. This may require information meetings and ongoing communications to educate, inform and encourage active participation.

Considerations for Building Management

  • Undertake a building wide energy audit to evaluate equipment, building envelope and practices as part of a comprehensive analysis to identify recommendations for improving energy performance. An energy audit will help identify the most impactful options for achieving goals.
  • Focus initial efforts on common areas which are visible to all. A programmable thermostat can reduce heating and cooling when a space is not in use. Occupancy sensors in common area rooms and hallways can turn off lights when not in use.
  • Install LED lighting where appropriate. LED lighting can use 75% less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs and last for up to ten years.
  • Consider film on windows as a lower cost alternative to new energy efficient windows. Film can block 97% of UV rays which helps keep heat in during cold months and out during

For Building Residents

  • Replace light bulbs with more efficient types.
  • Unplug electronics such as printers and computers when not in use. Many electronics continue to consume power when turned off or in sleep mode.
  • Install low flow shower heads.
  • Stop heating or cooling unused space. When air conditioning is in use turn it up to at least 28 C when away. When heating is in use turn it down when away.
  • Reduce use of air conditioning by installing window shades to protect against sun.
  • When washing clothes adjust the water level in the washing machine to match load size. Always use a cold rinse. Check the lint filter in the dryer before each load.
  • Use ceiling fans to cool a suite during warm months and warm it up during cooler months. During warm months run the fan counter-clockwise so that you feel a cool breeze. During cooler months run the fan clockwise so that it draws warmer air down from the ceiling.