WATER AND GAS
For building owners, the cost of water is an increasing concern for their bottom line. For water heated by natural gas or electricity, even modest reduction in consumption can result in strong return on investment and reduced operating costs. Monterey offers a variety of solutions to help protect this natural resource and improve financial performance including Low-Flow Systems, Waterless Urinals, Boiler Retrofits, and Solar Thermal.
Many utilities are offering low-cost or no-cost programs to retrofit plumbing fixtures with low-flow systems or aerators. A typical faucet delivers around 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm) of water. By reducing the flow rate to around 0.5 gpm, businesses can significantly reduce their water consumption. Each faucet, toilet or showerhead converted can save over 10,000 gallons of water or $50-100 a year.
With new technology, these systems flush at 0.125 gallon per flush or less in comparison to typical urinals that use 1 gpf. These high-performance urinals offer water savings of 50 to 100 percent, resulting in potential savings of up to $100 per year per urinal.
Approximately 60% of the boilers in the U.S. industrial and commercial sectors are more than 20 years old and are not operating at full efficiencies due to age, poor design, inadequate controls, etc. Many boiler systems can be upgraded at a fraction of the cost of a new system.
Monterey’s team of experts can review your overall water and gas usage and provide the ideal solutions for upgrades, products and new technologies to help conserve our natural resources and lower your operating costs.
There are many rebate programs available to utility customers who install solar thermal systems to replace water-heating systems powered by electricity or natural gas. Low- and medium-temperature collectors used for heating pools, water or air can qualify for a federal tax credit of up to 30% of the system qualifies + additional state credit in about half of the states.