Are your commercial properties getting hit with high water bills? The cost of water is rising faster than any other utility commodity. We help your community implement property upgrades that will both decrease your operating costs and increase the quality of life for your community.
Water Efficiency Solutions
Older water fixtures are leak prone and inefficient. In a large building, a toilet can run for months without anyone taking action to stop it- especially if your building has a single water meter. Replacing these older fixtures with more efficient appliances not only enhances the aesthetics, but it can also lead to water consumption being reduced by up to 50%. For multifamily buildings, we can facilitate submetering of units. This increase in accountability can lead to up to 25% decreased consumption and leaks or running toilets can be tracked and addressed much more quickly.
Stormwater Management Solutions
Bioretention Rain Gardens
These gardens use sandy soils, native shrubs, perennials, and flowers planted in a shallow recession. The benefits of such gardens are three fold. Firstly, they can retain 30% more water than lawns. Secondly, they filter out 80 – 90% more nutrients from stormwater before it becomes groundwater. And finally, they look beautiful!
Cisterns are underground water tanks. When it rains, they collect water. They are then integrated with the building’s plumbing system to provide greywater for flushing toilets, washing machines, and irrigation. They are important from an environmental perspective as they reduce potential sewer overflow events into our rivers.
This sophisticated improvement protects the roof membrane and uses engineered soil and plants. While it is possible to plant vegetables and flowers to enhance the amenities of a roof, most roof owners opt for low maintenance plants like succulents. DOEE offers a rebate equal to $10 to $25 per sqft for those who voluntarily want to install a green roof. However, owners should work with licensed professional structural engineers to ensure their building can handle the additional weightload of all that soil and retained water.
Solar Canopy Gutter Systems
Gutters can be rigged to both roof mounted and ground mounted solar canopies to channel water away from the sewer system, into your landscape and increase your property values.
What Our Commercial Solar Clients Are Saying
Alfonzye Chisholm Jr, AIA, LEED AP
Howard University, Director of Capital Planning & Sustainability
“The procurement of energy is one of the top-priority tasks we lead at the University. Our focus is always on green energy sources whenever possible. However, we still need to procure traditional long-term energy contracts for electricity, gas and water at the most affordable rate possible. We are a small office with no staff that has the time and expertise needed to help identify and negotiate energy contracts in this volatile and ever-changing environment. To fill this gap, we have worked with Julian as a consultant for over four years. He has been personally involved in the energy decision-making process that led to the current energy contracts that we have in place. He has proven to be knowledgeable, and more importantly, dedicated to making sure that we get the best contract terms available. He has also helped with other initiatives like solar thermal hot water energy and energy benchmarking. He is an important part of the energy and sustainability team here at Howard University.”
2100 19th Street Coop, Former Board President
“We had been trying to go solar for a few years, but had trouble finding a company who would finance a solar energy system on our roof. Julian, from Honeydew Energy Advisors not only helped us find the solar companies, but he also negotiated on our behalf and compared the different proposals side by side. He made it very easy for us to go solar, and now we know we received a highly competitive offer.”
The Mansion on O Street, Founder & Chairman
“Andrew saved us at least 10%, which is a lot for us. We estimate it to be at least $1,000/month. As a small non-profit, this is substantial. But life is not just about money. Andrew was there, doing all the work to achieve this goal. And continues to be in touch with us. He cares. Can’t get better than this.”
Mac’s Tire Service, Manager
“Honeydew Energy Advisors made it very easy for us to choose a new lower cost electric and natural gas supplier. Great rates and customer service!”