AEA becomes EPA WaterSense Partner
“WaterSense” is the catch phrase coined by the US Environmental Protection Agency to describe the commonsense benefits of taking steps to conserve water in your home, your properties, or workplace. It is also the name the EPA has given to its campaign to help Americans conserve our water resources, and the label given to low-flow devices or fixtures whose specifications meet the standards of the EPA’s WaterSense program.
Building operators, property managers and real estate owners can take action by repairing or replacing inefficient equipment, fixing plumbing leaks, and instituting improved work processes to minimize water waste.
Installing low-cost low-flow devices in the residential units of multifamily buildings is a very inexpensive way to reduce operating costs. In fact, these measures are often offered free to customers under utility energy efficiency programs, removing cost barriers to owner participation.
Partnering with the WaterSense program is a natural fit for AEA. We analyze building water usage and equipment as part of the energy audit process, recommending and inspecting installations of water conservation measures, and advocating for water-saving practices.
For over twenty years, we have helped building owners upgrade domestic hot water making equipment, identified leaks and other conditions needing repair, installed water-saving measure in apartments and small homes, and educated thousands of tenants and building owners about the benefits of saving water under a variety of government and utility funded programs. These measures typically save energy because they reduce the costs of supplying domestic hot water, and they can reduce water bills for properties billed based on usage.
AEA has installed and specified water-saving devices under both government and utility funded programs. Over four years in the mid-1990s, our business affiliate, Energy and Water Conservation Services, Inc., performed installations of high-efficiency, low-flow showerheads and aerators and toilet retrofit devices in more than 100,000 units of housing under the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Residential Water Survey Program.
As Implementation Contractor for Con Edison’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program in New York since 2010, AEA has managed a large-scale Direct Install operation of its own crews, subcontractors and participating contractors installing both electric and gas saving measures in the apartments of thousands of eligible buildings in Con Edison gas territory.
In 2014, as the Implementation Vendor for National Grid’s Multifamily Direct Install Program, AEA is also providing the same water-saving devices in National Grid territory in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and parts of Queens and Long Island.
All of the aerators and showerheads we have installed under these programs have been WaterSense labeled products meeting the efficiency standards of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Responsible use of water resources by individuals at home, in the workplace, or at play saves both money and energy, and helps to protect the environment. For more information on how your household, organization or business can help conserve America’s water resources, check back on our website, follow us on Twitter, or visit www.epa.gov/watersense.