Minto's energy saving efforts recognized with IESO Award
As conscious leaders in a resource-intensive industry, we know that everything we do impacts the environment, our employees, and our communities. Our mission to build better places to live ensures that we take responsibility for our actions and are deeply committed to pushing ourselves to do better.
One of the ways we continue to move things forward is through our efforts to reduce energy consumption at our rental communities.
We caught up with Adeyemi Adewunmi, a Senior Building Performance Specialist at Minto Group, to talk about his role working on energy-saving initiatives and what it means to be recognized as the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Energy Manager of the Year.
Keep reading to learn more.
Tell us about the IESO award and what means to you.
I’m honoured to be a recipient of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Energy Manager of the Year Award. Each year, IESO selects several recipients for this distinction.
Minto joined the IESO’s energy manager program in 2018 and, since then, we have achieved significant electricity savings, totaling up to $500,000 across our Ontario portfolio.
What role do you play in helping Minto to reduce energy use?
As Minto’s Energy Manager, I’ve led various energy-saving initiatives from retrofitting old hardware, such as compact fluorescent lights and constant-speed motors, to operating our buildings more efficiently through web-based building automation systems and AI platforms.
In total, our work over the past two years has led to over 4000 megawatt hours (mwh) of electricity savings — that’s enough energy to power 430 homes for a year!
Why are these initiatives so important to you?
Saving energy not only helps us and our residents, but also helps ensure access to a stable electricity grid for all. As demand on the grid increases, reducing consumption and moderating our usage is key to ensuring that electricity remains reliable and affordable for all.
For me, it’s not just about the cost savings. It’s about what we’re doing for the environment, for our community, and for future generations.
Interested in joining the Minto team in innovative roles like Ade’s that help create a more sustainable future? Visit our careers section today.