Post-Sandy Update from Jeff Perlman
To our Friends, Clients and Colleagues,
We at Bright Power hope that you and your loved ones made it safely through Hurricane Sandy. We are lucky to be able to say that none of our staff - who live throughout the five boroughs, on Long Island and in New Jersey - sustained serious injuries and we hope the same is true for you.
While the recovery is underway, our offices in Lower Manhattan still do not have power and have been closed all week; we hope to be back at our desks early next week. Meanwhile, our staff is working from home or from the homes of friends and relatives to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our clients. For now, cell phone and e-mail are the best ways to reach us.
EnergyScoreCards service has continued unaffected throughout the storm and its aftermath - our servers are in a secure and fully backed-up facility in the Midwest.
Most of our solar energy installations had no interruption in output after the storm. We know of two systems that did sustain minor damage, and already have plans to repair those. If you have a roof-mounted solar energy system, let us know if anything appears out of the ordinary.
We are also happy to report that our clients' NYC Local Law 84 Benchmarking reports that were due before November 1st were submitted on time, so there is no risk of fines to our clients for late submissions.
As the water gets pumped out of basements and the power is turned back on, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Waterlogged insulation not only doesn't do its job, it can be a breeding ground for mold, mildew, rust and rot. Once it has been cleared away and everything dries out, be sure to replace it with dry insulation to avoid wasting energy.
Restore timeclocks, heat-timers and other time-sensitive devices to the correct time. Otherwise, your heating, lighting or exhaust cycles will be incorrect.
It can be difficult to tell from a quick inspection whether heating controls and associated sensors are damaged or disconnected. If you experience weird behavior over the coming days or weeks, it could be a single wire or temperature probe causing the problem, or the control might have blown out.
Keep an eye on your EnergyScoreCards over the coming months, and your account manager will, too. Stay on the lookout for buildings with storm-related changes in consumption.
- If your equipment -- including boilers, burners, and lighting -- is damaged beyond repair, remember that any new systems you install will impact energy usage for decades to come. Properly sized and high-efficiency models can be specified and installed quickly, and will reap rewards well into the future.
Feel free to reach out to your contacts within our company with any questions or concerns. Because some employees are still without power or internet service, I am also providing the following contacts:
Energy Efficiency Projects: Greg Sherman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 914-960-2671
EnergyScoreCards: Jon Braman, email@example.com, 347-585-0947
Solar Energy: Andy McNamara, firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-974-4499
Billing/Invoicing: Rachel Lawrence, email@example.com, 917-734-6869
Other Inquiries: Steven Aponte, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-284-7892
As always, I can be reached at email@example.com, 917-287-7702.
This is a difficult time for so many of us, but the severity of the storm has only strengthened our resolve to reduce the energy consumption of buildings and its associated costs and carbon emissions. We look forward to working with you to repower and rebuild an even greater, cleaner, greener city.
Jeff Perlman, President
P.S. We have posted some pictures that our staff took post-Sandy on the homepage of our website: www.brightpower.com.