Omnia Mechanical Group

571 Timpson Place Bronx, NY 10455

Phone: 212-534-2500

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Save Money on Energy Bills Working from Home

Although many people are returning to the office in 2022, some folks have discovered the ease of remote employment and have decided to avoid the commute permanently. However, being home all day can run up your utility costs if you’re not careful. Here’s how to save money on energy bills working from home, which is especially important now that the cost of fuel is rising. The good news is none of these tips involve adding layers of sweaters or suffering in uncomfortable temperatures.

Install a Smart Thermostat

Temperature adjustment at your fingertips

If you’re still using an old-fashioned manual thermostat, you will appreciate the new technology that comes with smart thermostats. These devices offer many benefits:

  • The ability to pre-set temperatures in advance, such as lowering the thermostat when you go to sleep or raising it when you get up in the morning
  • Integration with home hubs that control lights, security, window treatments, etc.
  • Remote control with a mobile phone or tablet
  • Coordination with apps that let you monitor energy use and costs

If you go away for the weekend and forget to turn down the heat, you can adjust it from afar with your cell phone and set it to get warmer a few hours before you return home. There’s no more running to the thermostat to turn up the heat and then jumping back in bed under your warm blankets while waiting for the heat to increase in the morning. You can set the thermostat to raise the heat automatically an hour before you rise.

Try Thermostatic Radiator Valves

Precise control for steam heat

It used to be that smart thermostats were only useful for electric heating. While you can definitely use them for that, they now also work with steam heat. Wait, you’re probably thinking, if I turn up my heat at the same time my neighbor in the unit next door turns theirs down, how does the central boiler know what to do?

The answer is thermostatic radiator valves. These valves attach to each radiator in your condo or co-op. They communicate with the smart thermostat to allow just the right amount of steam to escape in order to get the radiator to the right temperature to heat the room to your liking.

Insulate Pipes

Heat loss prevention

You can use the latest smart thermostat and coordinated radiator valves, but if your pipes are losing heat, it’s going to cause problems. You’ll have trouble getting the right temperature in your unit, and fuel consumption will increase to compensate.

Therefore, insulating vulnerable pipes is a smart move. This can also prevent frozen pipes in winter, such as those along walls that get a lot of wind exposure or don’t see much sun. This prevents burst pipes that cause water damage and extends the life of your pipes.

While you’re at it, this is the perfect time to check other forms of insulation. Make sure windows and balcony doors seal tightly and there are no other areas where heat can escape in winter or cool air can get out in summer. Using thermal window treatments can help too.

Use Ceiling Fans

Four-season solution

An inexpensive answer to uneven room temperatures in a condo or co-op is to utilize ceiling fans. They should turn clockwise in winter to push warm air that has risen to the ceiling down. In summer, reverse the direction of the blades and turn up the speed; have them turn in a counterclockwise direction and rotate quickly to create a cooling breeze.

Know How Much Electricity You’re Consuming

Easy lifestyle changes to reduce electricity use

If you’re working from home, you’re likely using a lot more electricity than you did when you left for the office every day. In addition to heating, you’re probably consuming more electricity for:

  • Fans or air conditioning in summer
  • Lighting
  • Charging and operating electronics (computer, printers, phones, etc.)
  • Background entertainment (music or TV on while you work)
  • Cooking food for lunch and breaks
  • Opening the refrigerator more often, which causes the compressor to run more

How do you know how much energy you’re using? Install a voltage detector between any electrical device or appliance and the outlet where you plug it in. It will tell you if you’re using a lot of electricity, even when an item is turned off.

Then, you can alter your behavior to reduce electricity as needed, such as being mindful of running things unnecessarily, turning off lights when you leave a room, or unplugging electronics you’re not using. You can also employ strategies like upgrading to energy-efficient appliances or replacing outdated incandescent bulbs with LED models, which last longer and use far less electricity.

If you have a smart meter solely for your unit (versus one meter for the entire building), you can also monitor your gross electricity consumption in real time and make changes accordingly. If you don’t have a smart meter yet, you should soon, as the city is replacing meters over the next few years. (Pro tip: this is the ideal time for buildings to switch to submetering if they haven’t yet.)

The summer is the perfect opportunity to make changes to your property to save money on energy bills before heat season starts in the fall. Sanitary Plumbing and our Omnia Mechanical Group partners welcome the chance to help you reduce expenses and enjoy your work-from-home status. Call us at 212-734-5000 to set up an appointment at your convenience.


Our Privacy Policy

Omnia Mechanical Group(the “Company”) strives to ensure the highest standards for property listings and customer information privacy. Please review the following statement to learn about our company practices and policies. Please be aware that our Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time.

1. Purpose.

This Privacy Policy (“the Policy”) provides information on how the Company uses your personal information. By agreeing to the Policy, you agree to our collection and use of your personal information as described in the Policy. This Privacy Policy is effective for all new users of Sanitaryplumbing.com.

2. Personal Information.

You can browse some areas of omniagroup.nyc (“the Website”) without being a registered user. However, certain activities do require registration. (You consent to the transfer and storage of your information by registering with omniagroup.nyc).

3. Use of Information.

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe and user-friendly experience. For example, the Company may use your personal information to:

  • Improve our services and the Website’s content and layout;
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  • Enforce our agreements, terms, conditions, and policies; and
  • As otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

We may occasionally ask you to complete optional surveys. These surveys are used to improve and customize your experience with Sanitaryplumbing.com.

The Company always provides you the ability to opt-out of further communication such as promotions and surveys; see the Opt-Out section below.

The Company does not share any of your personal information with outside organizations, companies, individuals, etc. The only exception to this standard is if such a disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to any and all legal processes.

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The Website has strict security measures in place to protect you and your information from fraud. Once your information is provided to Omnia Mechanical Group, we strive to ensure the confidentiality of your identity and information.

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The Company does not guarantee the accuracy of information for any and all of its properties on the Website, and is not responsible for any errors or misrepresentations (made by Renters, the Client, or otherwise).

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The Company may place a small cookie on your computer’s hard drive. This allows us to personalize your use on the Website. In order to maximize the functionality and usability of the Website, you must set your browser’s preferences to allow both permanent and temporary cookies.

10. Changing Your Personal Information.

Should your personal information change, please immediately update your information on the Website. This will ensure the accuracy of our records. The Company does retain personal information from closed accounts in order to comply with law and collect and disburse any fees owed.

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This Privacy Policy addresses only the use of information we collect from you. Since omniagroup.nyc does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties. It is advisable that you consult with the management of third parties before you disclose your personal information to others.

12. General

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on the Website. All amended terms are immediately effective after they are initially posted on the Website.

13. Privacy Policy Questions & Concerns

Questions and/or concerns regarding the Policy should be emailed to the following email address: info@omniagroup.nyc.