Real Estate Journal — Pennsylvania — GP-FM — May 10 - 23, 2019 — 9C


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By PECO Smart Ideas Capitalize on property value through energy efficiency

wners of both income- and owner-occupied properties are add- ing value to their buildings through energy efficiency up- grades. New, energy efficient equip- ment can lower energy costs, enhance occupant comfort and improve tenant or resident retention, all while potentially increasing appraisal value and resulting rental or sale income. Plus, any property that reduces energy use can take advantage of PECO financial incentives for energy-efficient upgrades. To help shorten the return on investment of building renovations, new construc- tion and technology upgrades, PECO offers incentives for energy-efficient lighting; heat- ing, ventilation and air condi- tioning (HVAC) equipment; retro-commissioning; building controls; and much more. In facilities where light- ing equipment is replaced by building maintenance staff, propertymanagers are encour- aged to contact a distributor who offers PECO Instant Lighting Discounts on energy- efficient interior and exterior lighting. Save instantly at checkout on eligible products. Identify Energy Efficiency Projects Even the best-designed buildings become less effi- cient over time. In existing buildings, the process of ret- rocommissioning is one of the most cost-effective methods of reducing energy use. The retrocommissioning process identifies how build- ing operation compares to initial building design and recommends equipment ad- justments to improve occupant comfort and to maximize en- ergy savings. A federal government study of building commissioning projects found 16% average whole-building energy savings with payback periods of less than 14 months. PECO offers cash incentives to lower the cost of a retrocommissioning project even more. Occupancy sensors are an- other energy efficiency up- grade that often offers quick payback. Sensors that auto- matically turn off lights when no one is present can save between 15-30% on lighting costs. Other controls include automatic dimmers, light sen- O

Database. Search by location, contractor services or com- pany name. PECO offers incentives for several popular energy effi- ciency measures such as: • Lighting: A variety of LED lamps and TLED tubes; high-bay and low-bay fixtures; canopy fixtures and parking lot kits qualify. Even perma- nent fixture removal can qual- ify in situations where LEDs provide brighter illumination through fewer total fixtures. Customers can save instantly at checkout if purchasing light fixtures through a participat- ing distributor.

as ENERGY STAR certified commercial gas water heaters qualify in instances where a PECO customer switches from using an electric water heater. • More: Data center up- grades, refrigeration equip- ment and controls, food service equipment and custom retrofit measures. Building owners interested in unlocking the energy ef- ficiency potential within their properties or facilities should visit us at our booth (#227) at the Greater Philadel- phia Building Engineering and Facility Maintenance Show on May 22. 

• Energy management systems: Otherwise known as building automation systems, energy management systems can yield energy savings of 20-30%when controlling light- ing systems or 15% for HVAC systems. • HVAC: Comfort systems including high-efficiency air conditioners, heat pumps, packaged terminal air con- ditioners (PTACs), unitary HVAC chillers and demand- controlled ventilation units, are all incentivized on a per- ton basis. • Water Heaters: Heat pump water heaters as well

sors and timers. To assist in identifying and implementing cost-effective equipment or process up- grades, PECO maintains a database featuring dozens of local contractors who are familiar with the incentive program and available to implement energy efficiency projects of all sizes. Selecting an appropriate contractor is made simple by visiting the PECO Contractor

For businesses, saving energy never looked so good.

Energy-efficient upgrades are a bright way for businesses of all sizes to reduce operating costs, increase comfort and grow the bottom line. With financial incentives for improving energy efficiency, PECO can help you shine light on new ways to save. ► For more information, call 1-844-4BIZ-SAVE (1-844-424-9728) or visit peco.com/biz . F

PECO. The future is on.

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