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(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.
(NAPSI)—Tubular skylights are a sleek new way to easily transfer the beauty of natural sunlight into your home. These innovative light sources can brighten spaces that lack natural sunlight, beautifully illuminating closets, hallways, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
(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.
Last Thursday students, parents and teachers investigated the EcoHouse, which has been parked outside IS 204 in Long Island City for about a month.
“You get to look beyond the tile and the Sheetrock,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who helped secure the EcoHouse.
(StatePoint) Selling a home in today’s aggressive marketplace can be challenging. The good news is there are a few tweaks that can give homeowners a serious leg up on the competition.
How do we rebuild our beloved city? Do we replace existing structures that have proven not to withstand the damages of Hurricane Sandy? In certain areas, is it worth it to rebuild at all? These are issues that the city, state and federal governments need to address.
Basements and first floors of homes were flooded where furnaces, water heaters and electrical panels are located in most homes. Do we replace them in our basements and take a chance that a few years down the line they may be destroyed by another hurricane? Can we afford as a nation to spend $42 billion every time there is a hurricane? While I pray that we never experience such disasters in our lifetime, we should act to prevent the negative effects.
Moving forward, electrical panels, furnaces and water heaters should be moved to a utility room on higher floors in flood prone areas. The Department of City Planning may exclude the square footage of the utility room from being counted towards the floor area ratio to compensate for the loss of square footage. Tank-less water heaters should be used to eliminate the possibility of leakage. The federal government should assist in funding these projects by offering a special income tax deduction to the homeowners.
The state should do its part as well. Mandate installation of flood-proof generators in nursing homes, senior residences and rehabilitation centers in flood-prone areas. A partial rebate for having the installation done would be useful. Gas stations should be mandated to have another source of power. It can be a generator or even solar power (probably ideal). Offer a rebate for such work.
The blizzard of 1888 brought the Northeast to a standstill, paralyzing transportation and communication. We learned from this and made telephone wires go underground and constructed the first American underground rail in Boston. We are now at a similar crossroad — we must resolve to rebuild not the homes of the past but those of the future. Let’s move forward.
When renowned environmental scientist and iconoclast Barry Commoner died on Sept. 30 at the age of 95, much was made of his status as the father of environmentalism. But the one-time presidential candidate also had deep ties in Queens, where he worked for over two decades.
Commoner was a member of the faculty at Queens College during two stints in his career, first teaching biology in the 1940s.
Solar energy, once thought to be out of reach for the average homeowner because of the perceived costs, is getting a second look thanks to new leasing options. Businesses and consumers seeking to reduce energy costs and do something good for the planet are choosing the solar lease as a smart way to finance solar photovoltaic systems.
“Many homeowners are surprised to find that the cost of a solar energy system can be upwards of $15,000 to $20,000 even after tax credits, rebates and other incentives,” explains David Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar, a leading solar engineering and installation company. “With leasing available in New York, solar power has now become very affordable.”
Given the gridlock in Washington, it is critical now more than ever that cities and states lead the way in growing an American clean energy economy.In New York City, we have a great opportunity to do just that in the coming months.And our goal should be achieving the cleanest air quality of any big city in America, while providing affordable and reliable power to our homes and businesses.
Our highest priority must be the adoption of measures that move us as quickly as possible to an economy powered primarily by increased energy efficiency and renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
If all had gone according to plan, the city in partnership with Citibank would have launched 10,000 bikes for rent in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island City. But, the Department of Transportation now says due to a software issue the bikes won’t launch until March 2013.
In the meantime New York City Bike Share, a subsidiary of the Portland, Ore.-based operating company, Alta, will work on fine tuning high-performance software necessary to operate the new system, according to the DOT.
If all had gone according to plan, the city in partnership with Citibank would have launched 10,000 bikes for rent in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island City. However, the Department of Transportation now says the bikes won't launch until March 2013.
FedEx broke ground on its $56 million distribution center in Long Island City on June 22. The 140,000-square-foot automated distribution center is scheduled to open in August 2013.
“This is an encouraging trend of businesses moving to Long Island City,” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) said.
Solar energy, once thought to be out of reach for the average homeowner because of the perceived costs, is getting a second look thanks to new leasing options. Businesses and consumers seeking to reduce energy costs and do something good for the planet are choosing the solar lease as a smart way to finance solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
On May 11th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer announced that New York City’s Bike Share Program, “Citi Bike” is coming to Queens. After working with the Department of Transportation, Council Member Van Bramer was able to secure 10 locations in Long Island City giving the borough of Queens the opportunity to be a part of the nation’s largest public bike share system. The 10 locations in Queens will add to New York City’s 600 bike docking stations.