(BPT) - As temperatures drop, home heating costs increase across the country. In fact, experts predict this winter will be colder than previously expected, and electricity and natural gas prices will climb accordingly, ABC News reports. While the majority of Americans rely on those two sources to heat their homes, there is a time-proven alternative that should warrant consideration for homeowners looking to trim heating costs this winter: heating with wood.
(BPT) - The average American spends an hour a day in the kitchen preparing food and cleaning up afterward, according to the American Time Use Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Add in the time it takes to put groceries away, load and unload dishwashers, organize cabinets and pantries or just hang out, and you spend a whole lot of time in your kitchen.
City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) proposed a bill Jan. 7 that pushes the use of geothermal energy systems in city-owned buildings.
The elected introduced the bill, which would jump-start a program making the installation of more efficient and earth-friendly solar panel and geothermal energy systems simpler and easier for homeowners as well, to the Committee on Environmental Protection. At press time, there was no set committee hearing date.
(NAPSI)—Good news for some homeowners looking to save money: Utility costs are your biggest housing expense after the mortgage, but there are more ways than ever to save on energy bills. Homeowners who act now can save thousands in the years ahead.
(Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.
(NAPSI)—One of the nation’s newest sources of electricity comes from...animal waste? It sounds futuristic, but it’s a reality for farmers like Luke, Mike and Tony Brubaker, who run a herd of 975 dairy cows and 800 young stock. Back in 2009, milk prices were down, so the Brubakers looked into other profit-making opportunities. They soon began converting cow manure, via an on-farm digester machine, into enough electricity to power 150-200 homes. But they didn’t stop there—solar panels were added atop their heifer barn and broiler house to create additional thousands of kilowatts of electricity every month.
After residents of the 26th Council District went to more than 10 participatory budgeting meetings since the democratic process was introduced this summer, city Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) shared a list of community projects brainstormed by attendees.
Project ideas include a pedestrian footbridge over Queens Boulevard and Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, a rooftop farm and community garden in the Queensbridge Houses, a community boat launch and waterfront pocket park in Long Island City, a rooftop playground at PS 166 in Astoria and a new ferry along the East River waterfront that would connect Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ravenswood and Astoria.
The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientist predict will become more frequent in New York unless we rein in the carbon pollution fueling global warming.
We know what we have to do: limit carbon from the largest sources — our power plants — and shift to clean energy like wind, solar, and energy efficiency. And that’s just what the Environmental Protection Agency would do under the newly proposed Clean Power Plan.
But instead of letting EPA do its job, polluters’ allies in Congress are actually threatening to shut down the government instead of cutting carbon from power plants. It’s time for New Yorkers, along with our leaders like Gov. Cuomo, to do everything we can to support EPA’s action.
Gov. Cuomo has stuck up for our health by investing significantly in renewable energy. Now it’s time for him to come up with a strong plan that uses wind and solar energy to beat the Clean Power Plan targets!
(NewsUSA) - If we all had Leo DiCaprio's millions, we too could spend a small fortune powering our mansions with solar panels without having to worry whether the investment would ultimately wind up cutting our energy bills or not. But we don't have Leo's millions. (Sigh.)
(StatePoint) As so much reading moves into digital spaces, coffee table books with their lavish designs and entertaining content remain a perennial staple in any home, say literary experts.
(BPT) - Snow and ice, high winds, bone-chilling cold, heavy rains and flooding – no matter where you live, some form of weather-related crisis may put your home, family and belongings at risk this winter. Before the worst of it arrives, it pays to take some vital steps to ensure you’ll be protected throughout the season.
(StatePoint) Just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate. With the proper equipment, preparation and motivation, any time of year is the perfect time to get outdoors for an adventure. And you don’t have to look far for a great hike. Across the country, there are 59 gorgeous National Parks and thousands of state parks to choose from, comprising tens of thousands of miles of trails.
What looks like a patio or awning from the street is actually a system of nearly 200 solar panels on the roof of Kew Gardens Cinemas on Lefferts Boulevard. Management says the green technology will account for around 30 percent of the theater’s power.
Chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance Arthur “Jerry” Kremer was the keynote speaker on Sept. 24 at the first meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Committee in East Elmhurst.
“New York has become No! York on energy matters,” warned Kremer, a former state assemblyman. Queens is home to more than 50 percent of the energy manufacturing in New York City, but increasing numbers of electronic devices, smartphones and tablets have created a critical energy issue.
As long as the sun is shining, Kew Gardens Cinemas’ energy bill will be shrinking.
In an effort to go green and save money, the movie theater at 81-05 Lefferts Blvd. in Kew Gardens is in the process of installing nearly 200 solar panels on its roof, following the lead of a neighboring apartment building and a sister theater in Brooklyn.
Harvest the power of the sun.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the city will be funding the installation of solar panels on two dozen city schools, as part of the administration’s “One City, Built to Last,” green buildings plan.
(NewsUSA) - A growing list of leading wineries, including St. Francis, Bogle and Fetzer, are speaking up about the benefits of using natural cork. They recognize that not only does natural cork allow wines to age perfectly, but using natural cork also provides a potential competitive advantage when it comes to marketing their wine brands.