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Traditionally, outdoor thermostats have been relied upon to activate boiler heating systems in apartment buildings. These systems operate by triggering the building's boiler when the temperature outside drops below 55 degrees. Although quite a few buildings still have these systems, they have become antiquated. Most building owners now install fuel monitoring systems which, since their introduction nearly fifteen years ago, have an established track record as a reliable gauge of a buildings' heating requirements.

Fuel monitoring systems, installed initially as an experiment by building owners in the early 1980s, have now become fairly standard equipment. In fact, they have become so popular and standard that our company's market has expanded beyond building owners to include oil companies. Currently, we are in the process of installing 30 units for Bauer Oil Burner Installer and Oil Company, keen advocates of fuel efficiency systems for all of the buildings they service.

There are good reasons for converting to more accurate heat monitoring systems. Cutting down on fuel costs is one. Also, the real estate industry, like many others, has increased its environmental preservation consciousness in recent years. Effective energy management systems can significantly reduce environmental pollution and save money by decreasing overall energy consumption.

The Energy Monitor 2000 is designed to reduce money spent on fuel and over-heating by adjusting heat levels according to the actual indoor apartment temperature. Since the system monitors to comply with the actual needs of the apartments (rather than the outside temperature), the readings are more accurate, the boilers will not become overworked, and their life span will increase. An added advantage is that water consumption and electricity usage is also reduced. Our system monitors both fuel and water consumption and if either is excessive, the system will automatically contact management by sending a computerized telephone message indicating verbally that there is a problem.

In efforts to perfect the Energy Monitor 2000, we are constantly updating the system and making it more user friendly by adding displays which are easier to read. As well, the system instructs through tutorials. Within the past six months, we have designed a new fuel gauge which is still in the testing stage. The gauge records, on a daily basis, both the amount of fuel delivered and used. This system will help building owners recognize if and when there are fuel shortages, wastes, and/or theft. Priced at approximately $1,500, the gauge can be incorporated into the Energy Monitor 2000 equipment or be sold on its own.

Using strategically placed sensors that measure the temperature inside the apartments to activate the heating system, the Energy Monitor 200 and other similar systems allow for minimum and maximum temperature settings every hour of the day or night, thereby meeting government regulations, satisfying tenant needs, and reducing energy costs.

The Energy Monitor 2000 provides 24 set point temperatures and, for most buildings with 50 units or more, it pays for itself within one year. The activities of the Energy Monitor's heat monitoring system and controls are printed out by an on-site printer, which as a three-day memory. The printer also supplies a hard copy of the system's status which can be used to monitor the building's heating system activities. Information crucial to indicate waste or efficiency is provided by easy to read warning messages.

Energy Controls product, accommodates buildings of 20 units or less by using one sensor. Both the 2000 and the Mini Monitor systems are capable of monitoring heating systems for indoor and outdoor temperatures.
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Title Annotation:Building Management & Maintenance; evaluation of economic and efficiency aspects for apartment building owners
Author:Pindus, Gerald
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Oct 6, 1993
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