Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Climate Change Big Issue at UN Summit
A new initiative for New York to become more energy efficient and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be announced in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014. New York City is planning on a huge general overhaul of its present energy-efficiency standards for all of its public buildings as well as persuading private landlords to comply with the new standards by making similar improvements in their energy consumption.
The initiative is part of a promise which big cities around the world are expected to make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2050. The United States has said that this is the goal developed countries need to reach in order to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.
New York City will need to dedicate at least $1 billion of its capital funding towards improving the city buildings during the coming ten years, according to administration officials. That does not include private building changes. Officials say the increased spending will be included into the city’s 10-year capital plan, which will be publicized in the beginning of next year.
“Global warming was much more of an abstraction to New York City until two years ago,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview, alluding to Hurricane Sandy, which in 2012 caused 44 deaths and resulted in $19 billion of damage to the city. “There’s a moral imperative to act.”
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 8:16 am
New York State is one of the nation’s most energy-aware states. Take for example the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. This public benefit corporation gives to the public not only information and analysis of the most pressing energy issues of the day, but also offers innovative programs, technical advice, funding, and lots more, to help citizens be as aware and energy-savvy as possible.
The NYSERDA has been in service of the people since 1975, creating and promoting solutions to protect the environment, save money, create clean energy jobs, and much more.
Here is a small sample of some of the programs NYSERDA offers to the public sector.
• Home energy efficiency programs- NYSERDA assesses home energy usage using contractors accredited by the Building Performance Institute. Home owners receive a list of recommendations for ways to improve energy efficiency, including improved insulation, efficient lighting, better heating systems, and more.
• Energy Star Certified Products- A product is eligible for an Energy Star endorsement when it meets or goes beyond the federal standards for energy efficiency, with no loss of product quality or performance. The Department of Energy determines these guidelines. Always look for the Energy Star when buying new appliances.
• EmPower New York- This program helps those who are eligible base on income, to upgrade their living spaces to more energy efficient dwellings, but without having to spend any of their own resources to do it. After the home or apartment is transformed into a more energy efficient abode, EmPower New York will send workers to provide tips and strategies on how to further manage energy usage every day.
IDT Energy is a New York based company helping consumers use energy wisely, and save money, too.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 8:50 am
When the time comes to purchase new appliances, consumers often base their choices on how energy efficient the new appliance will be. Luckily most of the work involved in figuring out just how energy efficient and appliance is has already been worked out, by the people who endorse appliances with the Energy Star. Combining the Energy Star endorsement with the Energuide rating system, which tells consumers exactly how much energy the appliance uses, will help shoppers make the best possible purchases.
Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 8:04 am
Begin with Lighting to Reduce Emissions and Improve Energy Efficiency
One of the best ways to reduce the carbon footprints of households and businesses is to concentrate on improving the efficiency of energy usage. And one of the best places to begin efficiency improvements is with lighting.
Richard Yancy, Executive Director of Green Light New York explains why starting with lighting to improve energy efficiency: “Because it’s the cheapest efficiency improvement you can make, and also because people can see it.”
Yancy explains that Project Green Light New York is trying to be a “living room for energy efficiency.” The project combines education with interactive models, while also creating a space for learning and discussion. The location for the GLNY resource center exemplifies the goals of the project: the juxtaposition of cutting-edge lighting in one of New York City’s oldest and most historic buildings, on Chambers Street near City Hall and the federal courthouse, shows that efficiency can easily begin with lighting, even in the oldest of buildings.
Improving consumer’s energy efficiency and lowering their carbon footprint is a goal of IDT Energy.
Monday, May 26th, 2014 at 6:59 am
The Energy $mart New Construction Program in New York was launched in order to encourage buildings to incorporate energy efficient and renewable energy resources into construction and operation. A large variety of entities are eligible to become part of the program, including government facilities, non-profit organizations, health-care facilities, elementary and high schools, colleges and universities.
The NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) is behind the program, which also allows agricultural, commercial, industrial/manufacturing, institutional and multi-family buildings over 5 units to participate.
The sum of $91 million has been allotted to conduct technical assessments of how efficient energy use can be utilized in a particular building’s design and structure. The money will also be used to compensate for the extra capital expenses required to purchase and install energy efficient equipment and devices, up to 75 percent.
There is also money available from the program for technical assistance, whole-building design, LEED projects and commissioning services. The program began on January 4, 2012, and will continue funding on a first-come, first-served basis until December 31, 2015.
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 6:35 am
Programmable thermostats can help save energy
The US Department of Energy has a wonderful, concise booklet to help consumers save on their energy bill throughout the year. Saving energy is not only good for the individuals and families by helping them save money, it is also beneficial to the country as a whole. As the DOE puts it,
“Saving energy reduces our nation’s overall demand for resources needed to make energy, and increasing your energy efficiency is like adding another clean energy source to our electric power grid.”
Here are just a small number of suggestions to help people save on their electric bill, which IDT Energy supports:
- Have a programmable thermostat installed to run heating and cooling systems more efficiently.
- Don’t use your dishwasher’s drying cycle; just let the air dry off your clean dishes.
- Remember to turn off appliances when not in use
- Even better, unplug your appliances when not in use to save on “ghost” electric usage. You can have a number of appliance all plugged into a power strip which can be turned off, making this task easier.
- Lowering the thermostat on your hot water heater down to 120°F keeps your water hot enough, but can save lots of energy.
The DOE has lots more tips and suggestions for saving energy. It’s good for you and its good for our community.
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at 7:45 am
Little things can make a big difference when it comes to saving energy, according to reporter Stacy Johnson. Learn more about simple energy conservation at home:
Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at 8:12 am
As winter rages on and another polar vortex threatens the United States, families can benefit greatly from learning a bit about heating and ways to conserve energy at home. Home Energy Saver recently shared this infographic in an effort to boost awareness and support energy conservation:
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 8:05 am
Winter is upon us, and during this chilly, festive season, it is important to stay on top of energy consumption. Keeping the house warm, cooking in the oven and long, hot showers all contribute to higher energy costs.
Craft/DIY Eco Tips offers some great winter energy savings ideas in this short video:
Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 10:08 am
Saving energy is a top priority in almost every household. Many parents find that they struggle to keep their family’s energy consumption under control. One great way to get on top of things is to start involving every member of the family in the efforts, including the children.
TVA Kids offers some great energy saving tips for youngsters:
Set your home’s thermostat a few degrees lower. For each one-degree change, your family can save up to 5 percent on your home’s heating and cooling costs!
Turn off lights and all electronics (like computers, televisions, stereos, and video-games) when you leave a room.
Use the microwave instead of the oven for cooking your meals.
Use machines like washers, dryers, and dishwashers after 8 p.m.
Open your blinds or curtains on sunny winter days to let the sun shine into your home.
Save hot water by taking short showers instead of baths.
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
Occasionally hold a ribbon up to the edges of your home’s windows. If air is leaking into, or out of, the house, the ribbon will move. If you find a leak, let someone in your family know so they can fix it.