It’s always nice to have visitors at our office and it’s even better when they bring gifts. We recently had a representative from Xcel Energy stop by to present our team with a plaque recognizing the significant amount of Xcel Energy rebates we’ve obtained for customers. This program recognizes the top contractors, equipment suppliers and engineers who have generated the greatest electricity and natural gas savings within Xcel Energy’s Minnesota conservation programs last year. Yale Mechanical was one of only 52 trade partners to receive a 2019 Energy Efficiency Partner Award out of the 1,475 partners working with Xcel Energy.
To receive this recognition, we submitted 29 projects that helped customers save more than 53,000 kWh of electricity and obtain $69,786 in Xcel Energy rebates last year. Rebates don’t always result from installing new energy-efficient equipment, it can sometimes be as simple as having certain equipment tuned up. However, you need a partner who can not only identify the rebates you are eligible for, but can also conduct the proper maintenance and complete the paperwork accurately – which is where we, ahem, excel.
And while rebates are certainly nice to receive, the most important thing you can do for your building or facility is to have a preventive maintenance program in place to ensure your equipment is running efficiently. Here are a few other tips for reducing your energy use and the expense that comes with it:
Use Building Controls to Manage Your Energy Use If your building doesn’t have automated building controls installed, it’s time to seriously consider it. These systems make it more convenient to control your entire mechanical system infrastructure, ensure various systems are working cohesively, and often allow you to monitor and adjust your building’s HVAC systems from anywhere. Yale Mechanical currently offers building controls from Alerton, CATALYST and Honeywell. Regardless of the system you choose, having automated building controls will help increase your energy efficiency and reduce energy use over the long term.
Conduct Spring & Fall Start-Ups Having a preventive maintenance plan that includes start-ups of your heating and cooling equipment with a mechanical contractor like Yale Mechanical goes a long way to ensuring your equipment is in good shape and running properly. Clogged filters, dirty coils, worn belts and any number of issues may not result in an obvious system failure, but they’ll make your systems work harder and use more energy than they should. Having your equipment inspected and regularly maintained will help minimize your energy usage and control costs.
Have your Economizer Inspected An economizer can be your best friend when it comes to energy use, drawing free, cool air into your building when the temperatures are appropriate – but only if it’s working properly. We conduct a 13-point inspection of an economizer to make sure everything from the sensors to the motor to the dampeners are in proper working condition.
Seek Rebate Opportunities This one may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many companies leave money on the table by not taking advantage of energy rebates that are available to them from their utility providers. Nearly every utility company has rebate programs. We take care of the entire process – from identifying rebate opportunities to doing the work to completing the necessary forms. All you have to do is count your savings.
If you have any questions about the Xcel Energy rebate program, other rebate programs, or how to make sure your equipment is running as efficiently as possible, please let me know.
As vice president of Yale Mechanical’s Service Division, Ron leads the Twin Cities’ largest service fleet committed to superior HVAC service and energy management solutions. He has been helping Yale Mechanical solve the toughest HVAC problems for more than 27 years and is committed to providing service with unmatched quality and response time.