New York laws spurring energy efficiency demand

As states begin enacting new legislation for energy efficiency requirements, some areas are reporting greater clamor from residents for sustainability. One of the biggest hotspots for this demand has been New York, which, after establishing its Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, has seen many building owners request help for establishing more eco-friendly standards.

According to Greentech Media, the biggest pushes for this green movement comes from Local Laws 84 and 87. Local Law 84 requires large property holders to annually measure their energy consumption, while Local Law 87 stipulates that any buildings greater than 50,000 square feet – a figure that applies to more than 15,000 buildings in New York – have an energy audit conducted to assess their current efficiency profile as well as what further steps can be taken to improve it. The law also calls for these buildings to install "retro-commissioning" and "tune-up" renovations once per decade to help better regulate energy consumption.

Jeffrey Perlman, president of energy company Bright Power, tells the source that while some owners are only doing what they can to abide by the law, others have taken proactive measures in resolving longstanding energy issues like uneven heating distribution and high utility costs. Some building owners have even asked for assistance in drawing up plans to cut down on expenses and consumption in the long-term.

"This law is a great catalyst for people to say 'I have to do this anyway, so now is a great time to handle it,'" Perlman told the source. "We've seen a real uptick in folks who are interested in getting the most out of Local Law 87."

Maryland homeowners can get their own energy audit done by making an appointment for a home inspection. Maryland home inspectors can help you take the necessary steps in improving your property's energy use and bringing down your electric bills.