In 2014, Jean Price bought a run-down 20-unit apartment complex in Vacaville that had suffered decades of neglect. An experienced multifamily property owner, Price planned to transform the complex from a crime-ridden eyesore to a safe, attractive and comfortable residential community. Shortly after the purchase, Kathy Lawton, Housing Manager for Suisun City and BayREN’s representative for Solano County, contacted Price to let her know about the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program. Price quickly jumped on the opportunity to receive cash rebates and free consulting to incorporate energy efficiency into her comprehensive renovation plans.
The program’s consultants, Association for Energy Affordability, were “very helpful,” Price said. “They were able to put me in contact with contractors who could price out the energy saving products applicable to my project, and were very quick to respond” when she had questions about her options.
Rebates and free expert advice from the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program helped owner Jean Price implement state-of-the-art energy upgrades at Arroyo Crossing Apartments, including installing 100 new dual-pane, low-E windows. Interior lighting was replaced with compact fluorescent fixtures, and each unit received a new dishwasher, insulation on hot water pipes, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators and showerheads designed to save water and water-heating energy.
The rebates allowed Price to expand her renovation plans and make additional investments in energy efficiency that weren’t covered by the program, including efficient refrigerators, bathroom fans and air conditioners, insulated entry doors, and water heater and water pipe insulation. She also replaced the toilets with models that use a mere 0.80 gallons per flush, which has cut the property’s water bill by half, she said. Price also plans to install highly efficient exterior lighting fixtures controlled by a new digital timer system.
Price is thrilled with the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program and highly recommends it to all other multifamily property owners. As a result of her commitment to a comprehensive upgrade, Price was able to lease all the units before the interior work was even complete, she said. Lower utility bills will keep more money in her tenants’ pockets, and the savings on the owner-paid bills for water and common area lighting will help Price keep the rents affordable.
1407-1421 Alamo Dr., Vacaville, CA
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