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With Residents Away, the Board Will Play, To Get the Right Size Water Heater

Written by Meave Gallagher, with reporting by Tom Soter on September 10, 2014

York River House, 1175 York Avenue, Upper East Side

Credit Ira Meister, president of Matthew Adam Properties, with a "brilliant" idea. That's what Jacqueline Stein, board secretary at York River House, a 225-unit Upper East Side building he manages, calls his method to save dollars.

As part of a renovation to switch from No. 6 oil to dual-fuel boilers for heating, the York River House also wanted to install new, high-efficiency hot water heaters and storage tanks — a common project for a green-thinking building. But the cooperative's approach was anything but typical. "Ira figured out that we should really see who was gone over the summer," says Stein.

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