As today’s continued heat wave crept toward record demands on the New York Metropolitan area’s energy supply, Con Edison urged millions of customers to cut back on air conditioning and lights, but city officials and landlords continued to ignore large, commercial electricity waste.
“Someone only has to look to the Manhattan skyline to see empty office towers glowing 24 hours a day to realize large commercial buildings suck a whopping 65% of the total electricity consumption in the U.S.,” said Ed Winiarski, CEO of Optimum Applied Systems, creator of the innovative “Smart Building” system. “We’re so busy pointing to the residential customer, urging them to cut back, but large office buildings are tapping resources far greater than these people sweating it out in their apartments.
With Smart Buildings, OAS offers a way for landlords to maintain and monitor all of a building’s systems—heating, air conditioning and lights—so it isn’t up to the last person out of a building to turn everything off.
Consolidated Edison said the heat was pushing power demand in New York and Westchester toward a record usage and recommended that its 3.2 million customers manually dial back their air conditioners to 78˚F and turn off unnecessary lights. What if the buildings already could conserve, with a few keystrokes from an internal manager?
OAS’ Smart Buildings offer that energy management solution that can combine cost saving benefits of “green” conservation with time saving building automation. The customizable system is designed to monitor energy usage and offers the ability to automatically set lights, security, computers, window shades—whatever imaginable— at a moment’s notice.
“A Smart Building can use 30% less energy than an ordinary building and the potential exists to save thousands of dollars a year by intelligently reducing electricity consumption when it really counts,” Winiarski said. “There is a solution under this constant threat of blackouts,” Winiarski said. “You don’t need to think about conservation when the mercury soars: plan ahead today and let the building do it alone the rest of the time.”
OAS roots run deep in the scientific community. One of its founders, Dr. Gary Latham, was a founding member of NASA; and two others, Dr. Ross Williams and Mr. Edward O’Neil, were both involved with the Manhattan Project. This focus on sound science and engineering still drives the development of their conservation-oriented, powerful products and services.