Next Energy meeting is March 23 at 7pm


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  1. Dear Friends and Neighbors, and fellow Energy-Users:

    We have a $1.4M annual electric bill to attack in the face of rising energy rates that are outstripping our reduced usage. This is the single biggest non-fixed hit to our finances, and our wallets. What can we do about it, other than turn down the heat and bundle up?

    Per the WVH Energy Committee meeting on Feb 15, and the consensus decision of those assembled after being nominated and seconded, I am honored to be designated as the new Chair of the Energy Committee. I look forward to being of service to the full WVH community.

    I have already conveyed my thanks to Katy Bordonaro and Gail Davis; and to Mark Hallenbeck for his service as the previous Chair, and my hope that he will continue to contribute his experience and expertise. My thanks in advance to Rob Boykoff and Robin Harvey for agreeing to serve as Recorders. (And thanks to Bob Peterson for setting up this subsection of the Watchdog.)

    On behalf of your Energy Committee, I invite your comments, ideas, suggestions, and moreover, your participation – especially if you haven’t yet felt the calling.

    I promise to do all I can to ensure an open, inclusive, fact-based, democratic, and communicative, team effort — and a free-flowing exchange of information.

    Over the next few meetings, we’ll explore energy usage and energy costs — and moreover, what we can do about each, both individually and collectively.

    As to the next meeting… at the Feb 15 meeting, the next E-Comm meeting was scheduled for Wed, March 23, 7pm, at the Management Office. But as I noted on the 15th, I have a standing conflict on 4th Wednesdays, and have solicited the full committee’s input on whether the date could be switched or not. (Energy Committee members whose contact info I either already had or were provided by Gail have already received a similar note via email.)

    If you are interested in attending, please click the link below to go to a “Doodle” meeting scheduler. No registration necessary. As of this writing we’re looking at one of the six nights: March 15-17, or 22-24. Location will either be at the management office or possible nearby off-site, depending on rsvp level and office/room availability.

    Agenda and/or guest speaker ideas contributed so far include:
    • Energy efficiency incentives from ConEd;
    • Green roofs;
    • What color the outdoor security lighting gels should be; and
    • Potential mandatory replacement of window-style ACs with thru-the-wall units.

    I have plenty of ideas of my own, but as Chair, I see my role more as one of inviting and organizing the discussion even more than one of shaping it, and trying to pass meaningful solutions both out to the community and up to the Board of Directors.

    Please send me your suggestions for the next Agenda (and beyond), and any other thoughts or comments you might have concerning Energy at WVH.

    Again, I look forward to being of service to the community, and to the Energy Committee.

    Now let’s take a serious bite out of energy costs.

    Michael D. Markowitz, P.E.
    Chair, WVH Energy Committee
    c 917.363.9392

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