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Powering a home with energy from the sun wasn’t on the Garcia’s radar until their daughter, Lesly, adopted the renewable energy source at her Long Island home. Lesly recommended her parents meet with someone at EmPower Solar, the company she and her husband chose.
“The representatives at EmPower Solar were helpful from the beginning,” said Mr. Garcia. “And the rebates from ConEd and the state made it an even better value.” The utility and tax incentives paid for more than half of their total system cost.
(BPT) - It’s easy to dream of perfectly pristine outdoor spaces when looking at the decks in magazines and online, but too often what we want and what we have don’t align. If your deck suffers from weathered wood, loose railings or dated balusters, you’re not alone. The good news is there are surprisingly simple ways to give your deck a facelift and transform it into the outdoor oasis you want in as little as one weekend.
(BPT) - With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller’s market, you may think you won’t need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast – while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn’t mean they’re willing to settle for less than perfect. In fact, coming out of the real estate crash of a few years ago, buyers have learned the importance of getting the maximum value for their home investment.
(StatePoint) If you’re fortunate enough to receive a refund this tax season, it’s time to think about sensible uses for the extra income so, as Grandpa used to say, “it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.”
(Family Features) Windows can bring new life to existing homes by letting in fresh air, flooding rooms with natural light and opening up beautiful views. They also come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Important considerations for selecting the right window are type, material, style, climate and budget.
(StatePoint) As skiing and other outdoor activities take the world stage this month, many will be embarking on their own winter adventure to the freshly groomed slopes and snow packed trails. In fact, Americans have made on average, 57.5 million visits to ski slopes per season since 2002-2003, according to the National Ski Areas Association.
Major cruise lines market their ships as all-inclusive floating luxury resorts – a winning strategy for many of the nearly 17 million passengers that the Cruise Lines International Association says took a cruise in 2012. However, a growing number of discerning cruisers are also discovering that it’s not necessary to sacrifice intimacy in order to experience adventure and luxury.
(BPT) - When spring finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open, as happy homeowners revel in all that sunshine and warm, fresh air. But before you can savor spring, you still have weeks of winter to get through. You can use that time wisely to ensure all your home’s windows, skylights and doors are in good working order – and ready for action when spring arrives.
(BPT) - Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you’re talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
(BPT) - Some upgrades look laughable in the wrong room: plush carpeting in the bathroom or custom drapes in a kitchen. A handful of go-anywhere upgrades work especially well in kitchens and baths – and can raise those rooms from merely functional to inspiringly fashionable.
(BPT) - Every year, office or classroom gift exchanges, thank you tokens for service providers, and last-minute items for acquaintances that drop in unannounced leave many Americans wrestling with a burning question: What can you give for $25 (the ubiquitous price point for this type of gifting)?
(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and that means homeowners need to start taking immediate steps to ensure that their loved ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead.
(BPT) - Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What’s the first impression your home’s entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home’s entryway could use some improvement?
(StatePoint) Imagine living without heat, power or communication during the coldest days of the year. During a winter weather emergency, not only can these conditions be unpleasant, but dangerous too.
The solar panel installation at Big Geyser in Maspeth will be one of the biggest solar-run factories in the area. The system will produce 408-kilowatts of energy that will be more than enough to power the beverage distributor.
Big Geyser, a distributor of nonalcoholic beverages in Maspeth, has installed a 408-kilowatt solar-power system that is expected to produce enough power to meet all the company’s energy needs.
“As long as the sun rises, this project yields an attractive and predictable return on our investment for at least the next 25 years,” said Big Geyser’s chief financial officer, Rich Richer, in a statement. “As a privately owned company, we can take the longer view and look for investments of this quality. We see a positive public benefit by reducing demand on the energy grid, as well as reducing our utility bills.”
A team of Queens residents placed second out of 15 teams statewide in the EmPower Solar Student Competition.
EmPower Solar, a Long Island-based solar energy company, challenged high school students to create original essay and video submissions answering questions related to solar power and how it fits in today’s energy paradigm.
For the past few years, it seems like New Yorkers have been dealing with one weather-related disaster after another. Unfortunately, climate scientists predict that extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy will become even more common if we don’t cut our global warming pollution.
As a New Yorker, I expect our legislators to do everything in their power to protect us from another Superstorm Sandy, but the state Senate, especially Sens. Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein, failed to expand clean and renewable solar power in New York. I can’t imagine how this common-sense issue failed to pass.
Gov. Cuomo laid out a simple plan to grow solar power that would have kept 120,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions out of our atmosphere and powered 400,000 homes. Many areas, including Skelos’ district on Long Island, were devastated by Sandy. Why couldn’t Skelos at least agree to pass the governor’s plan for solar? It’s time for our legislators to stop playing politics, and start solving global warming.
The writer is a student at Fordham University.
Queens customers lead city in use of solar power: Con Ed
“Here Comes the Sun” isn’t just a classic Beatles song in Queens; it’s a call to save energy. Residents and businesses here use more solar power than those in the rest of the city, according to new figures from Con Edison.
Last week, Robert La Rosa naively wrote that the answer to our energy needs is solar energy (“The solar solution,” Letters). He asserted that the major oil companies pay billions of dollarsto lobbyists to stop the advancement in alternative energy.La Rosa’s letters are always one sided and provide as much information as a three-minute segment on MSNBC. Both Republicans and Democrats receive millions in campaign donations.
Hereis a list offailed solar energy/green energycompaniesthat received U.S. tax dollars.Most of these companies have already filed for bankruptcy and the rest of them are failing miserably. Evergreen Solar ($25 million), Spectra Watt ($500,000), Solyndra ($535 million), Beacon Power ($43 million), N
evada Geothermal ($98.5 million), SunPower ($1.2 billion), First Solar ($1.46 billion), Babcock and Brown ($178 million), EnirDel’s ($118.5 million), Amonix ($5.9 million), Fisker Automotive ($529 million), Abound Solar ($400 million), A123 Systems ($279 million), W & K Solar Group ($700,981 thousand), Johnson Controls ($299 million), Brightsource ($1.6 billion), Ecotality ($126.2 million), Raser Technologies ($33 million), Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million), Mountain Plaza ($2 million), Olsen’s Mills ($10 million), Range Fuels ($80 million), Thompson River Power ($6.5 million), Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million), Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million), Green Voltz ($500,000), Vestas ($50 million), LG Chem’s ($151 million), Nordic Windpower ($16 million), Navistar ($39 million), Satcon ($3 million), Konarka Tech ($20 million).
All these companies were given U.S. tax dollars the way aventure capitalistfirm would invest in a company. The difference is a venture capitalfirm uses private money and does its “due diligence” to determine whether or not the investment is worth it. These companies didn’t raise money privately. Your government, headed by your president, Barack Obama, took it upon itself to pick winners and losers with your money, and they failed miserably.
La Rosa should consider educating himself. Our government, on both sides of the aisle,is failing us miserably while we preoccupy ourselves with the Kardashians and “American Idol.” The Democratic Party is now the Progressive Party (Socialist/Marxist). The Republican Party of today is like the Democratic Party of 50 years past. If our country has any chance of remaining a republic, the readers of this paper better start paying attention and vote for constitutionally conservative candidates, whether they have a D next to their names or an R. Wake up, people!
People will be able to charge their cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices for free at three outdoor locations in Queens, and 22 others citywide, by the end of the summer, AT&T announced this week.
Solar-powered “street charging stations” will be located at Rockaway Beach, the Clearview Park Golf Course in Bay Terrace and Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, the telecommunications company said.
Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott honored 11 teachers from around the city this week as winners of the first “Big Apple Awards” to recognize excellence in education, but none from Queens made the cut. Each winner will receive a $3,500 grant for use in the classroom and will serve as a “Big Apple Ambassador,” advising the city Department of Education.
(StatePoint) There is no better place to entertain on a warm sunny day than in your own backyard. But before the parties start, make sure your outdoor space is a place where people want to spend time.
One group is looking to make the city “greener” with buckets of white paint.
The White Roof Project, a group that aims to cool Earth one tar covered roof at time, is looking for a nonprofit or housing development in Astoria to paint, according to Board Treasurer and Secretary Paul Davis.