Division of Housing and Community Renewal
Energy Conservation in Housing Developments The Division of Housing and Community Renewal oversees publicly-funded housing developments that are operated by privately-owned housing companies. With the assistance of a consultant with expertise in energy conservation, we evaluated the potential for savings in energy costs at these housing developments. We estimated that savings of as much as $16 million a year could be realized if buildings heated by electricity were converted to gas heating systems and if better energy management practices were adopted by housing companies with gas or oil heating systems. For example, at least $500,000 a year could be saved if these companies took advantage of energy deregulation and purchased gas or oil on the open market. We recommended that the Division more closely monitor the housing companiesí energy costs and provide guidance to companies seeking to reduce their energy costs.
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