Over the years, Larry Dondero has made a number of efficiency improvements to the two-story, mixed-use building he owns on Jefferson Street, a few blocks from downtown Napa. Painted in rich colors that reflect the spirit of the Art Deco era, the building’s clean lines, appealing geometric forms and rounded corners look as modern today as they must have when it was built in the 1930s.
Despite the building’s well-maintained appearance, its age made it a prime candidate for a fresh look at efficiency opportunities. After hearing about the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements
program, Dondero decided to attend a workshop and learn what it was all about. He went in “with skepticism and guarded curiosity,” he said, and came away convinced of the program’s value.
The Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program combines a comprehensive approach to utility savings with sound, speedy, and free technical support from the energy consultants at Association for Energy Affordability. AEA staff worked with Dondero to review his property, identify efficiency upgrade opportunities and evaluate their savings potential. They presented him with a customized retrofit “road map” that he could follow, which earned him a rebate of $3,750 and should increase the energy efficiency of his property by about 13 percent.
“The program has all the right ingredients,” Dondero said. “I save money, I conserve energy and water, and I do my bit to shrink our carbon footprint. My tenants are happy. And the process is hassle-free.” Click here
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The Bay Area Regional Energy Network’s Multifamily program provides free consulting to assist in planning efficiency improvements designed to save 10% or more of a multifamily building’s energy use, and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrades.