Los Suenos Bay Residence first gEye subscriber

GeckoTech has been working with Hardy Realestate Group (HRG) for the past few years to help them apply technologies that can improve a rental property’s operating efficiency.  Specifically gEye Energy conservation systems as a managed service.   As of the writing of this post HRG has roughly 5 properties under its care that enjoy the benefits of gEye.   In early May, HRG decided to take the plunge and deploy gEye to one of it Bay Residence properties.  The gEye system is a single thermostat system that should save the property roughly 30% of its AC operational costs annually.

The overall intent of HRG is to deploy gEye into the majority of its properties.  Not only to help save the property owner money, but to provide virtual management of the properties’ single biggest energy consumer.

GeckoBee upgrades for CasaPonte

Paul Cooper, owner of Jaco’s largest and most successful single residence rental property, has been leveraging GeckoTech’s gEye services for the past several years.   The original gEye deployment used standard “hard button” thermostats in 17+ areas of the rental property.   Now that Paul has started the design of his third “free standing” house on the rental property he is evaluating new technologies that improve the overall guest experience while ensuring continued energy savings.  Ok, so what new technologies has he deployed?   None other than the newest generation Ecobee 3 Thermostat.   This thermostat is sleek, sexy and provides so much valuable information via its user interface.  GeckoTech is hopeful that this new generation thermostat from Ecobee will in fact become the standard thermostat (thermostat of preference) in all future gEye deployments.

Another Vista Mar unit follows suit….

You just can’t keep “a good idea down.”   This has proven the case at Vista Mar where gEye continues to “carry its weight”.

Unit owners continue to converse among themselves about high energy bills and how to manage them.   GeckoTech’s gEye energy conservation system is always one of the “hot topics”.  New unit owners are not waiting for the ICE rates to bite them.    As is the case in GeckoTech’s newest gEye subscriber, Unit 4D.  This unit owner has heard the horror stories about $2,000 electric bills with nominal occupancy.  He has also heard wonderful things about gEye:  How it reduces energy consumption.  How it allows remote monitoring of thermostats, doors and occupancy via the web.   etc…    Needless to say, the new owner of Vista Mar 4D is now able to relax knowing his gEye system is keeping a vigil on air conditioning units and ensuring his guests do not abuse their rights to enjoy them.

gEye and gPhoto installed for VistaMar 1A, 5A and 7B

Savings and Security.  What more could one ask for.  Especially when the former pays for the latter.   with a little change to spare.  Such is the case for 3 rental units at Vista Mar that recently became subscribers to GeckoTech’s services:  GeckoEye and GeckoWatch.  Vista Mar. situated in Jaco, is one of Jaco’s first developments.   The owners were experiencing brisk occupancy, but were having their rental income gobbled up by ICE.   So they turned to GeckoTech to help lower their AC operational costs relative to ICE power.   GeckoTech answered their “cry for help” by installing GeckoEye.   The gEye system not only lowered the owner’s AC operational costs by 30% but also allowed them remote managing and monitoring of doors/windows/thermostats.   The subsequent savings afforded them the option to install gPhoto at the front door to track all pedestrian traffic in and out of his rental unit.   gPhoto takes successive photos on one second intervals and sends them to a web service where the subscriber can review up to 30 days of photos.   Gone are the days of wondering if their units are rented..   All three unit owners are now in complete control of their properties even though they might be 1000s of miles away.

Seaside spins back up..

Seaside (originally known as “Seaside Diner” and “The Fish Shack”) will be reopening its doors this coming fall (high season). The management team has been extended to include not only the original owner/operator Marcel Gauthier, but also restaurant consultant Stephen Carlson. The revamped, rebranded restaurant will leverage many of GeckoTech’s key technologies such as GeckoPOS, GeckoWatch, GeckoPower, and GeckoGreen (energy management). GeckoTech is confident that by exploiting its technologies, Seaside will be serious contender as a “go to place” in Jaco.

Quality Services deploys first GeckoBee

Quality Services, a 10 year old maintenance/service company focusing on high end rental properties, has deployed its first GeckoBee intelligent thermostat. Quality hopes to extend its service offering to include real-time monitoring and reporting relative the health of compressors and air-handlers currently under support. The idea is to offer GeckoBee thermostat for those clients contracting with Quality for AC support services so that the Air Conditioner components (Compressor and Air Handler) can be monitored 7×24 thus allowing a more proactive support for its clients/subscribers.

Los Altos GeckoEye Pilot already generating savings…

Over the past few years the management/development team of Manuel Antonio’s Los Altos Beach Resort have started to appreciate the significant recurring operational costs associated with energy consumption.  To compound the situation, each elegant and spacious units has a floor plan that invites the renter to open balcony doors. To be specific, each of the 24 units has 4 large lanai (balcony) doors.  These balcony doors are a burden to the air handlers when they are left open during air handler run time. Each minute that these balcony doors remain open, with the AC running, represents huge loss. That loss quickly adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual operational costs as it relates to cooling requirements for the rental units.

Starting in May, GeckoTech introduced its GeckoEye energy management system to two pilot units. Each GeckoEye system included one automation computer, 6 door sensors, and 4 motion sensors. From day one, the GeckoEyes were generating savings by simply stopping the AC from running when balcony doors were left open for more than a few minutes. Further savings are realized through “temperature setback” when the rental units are unoccupied for more than few hours.

The engineers at GeckoTech as well as the Los Altos management staff are anxious to analyse the ICE facturas in the upcoming months. The question is not “is GeckoEye saving Los Altos money?” but rather “how much money is GeckoEye saving the property?”

It is expected Los Altos moves forward to install GeckoEye in the remaining 22 units before the beginning of high season 2012.