going green: How Do Passive Solar Homes Work? - 11/10/10 10:59 AM
By having lots of windows facing south, you are enabling your home to capture optimal solar heat.
Once the heat is captured, it must be absorbed. Brick walls or slab floors covered in tile (an exposed surface) work their magic by absorbing the natural energy.
Then "thermal mass" is what stores the energy. These are the materials below the surface.
Next, the solar heat must be distributed to other areas of the home. Many homeowners choose to use ductwork, vents, and fans.
And finally, the home must work to minimize heat during the super hot summer months. This can be done … (0 comments)

going green: Tax Credit Available For Home Improvements - 01/27/10 02:07 AM
Installing energy-efficient home improvements like windows and doors in your principal residence will qualify you for a tax credit. The credit equals 30 percent of the cost, capped at a maximum of $1,500. There's another credit of 30 percent of the cost of installing renewable-energy improvements like solar water heaters and solar panels. This credit isn't capped, and the residence doesn't have to be your principal residence. For detailed information on the laundry list of items that qualify for the two credits, go to www.energytaxincentives.org.
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going green: 11 Tips For Conservation - 07/21/09 01:36 AM
1) Don't Let Water Run While Brushing Your Teeth And Shaving.2) When Waiting For Water To Heat Up, Collect It And Water Your Plants.3) Use A Power Strip For Appliances And Office Equipment And Turn Off When Not In Use4) Wash Only Full Lods Of Dishes And Clothes5) Clean Filters And Furnaces Once A Month6) Clean Warm Air Registers, Baseboard Heaters, And Radiators As Needed; Make Sure They Aren't Blocked By Furniture, Carpeting Or Drapes.7) During The Heating Season, Keep Draperies And Shades On Your South-Facing Windows Open During To Allow The Sunlight To Enter The Home8) Keep All South Facing … (0 comments)

going green: 9 Ways To Green Your Landscaping - 07/13/09 05:51 AM
Landscaping allows owners to connect with the outdoor environment and accent the architectural features of their home.  Like GREEN homes or buildings landscaping is a functional, sustainable system as well.  Plants, trees, gardens, and the soils and materials beneath them integrate with other systems to conserve water, condition the environment efficiently, and preserve natural habitats.  Below I have listed some sustainable landscaping methods that you may be able to integrate into your system.1) Use The Existing Site - The idea here is to maintain as much of the natural landscaping as possible and to try not to disrupt wildlife corriders.  Keep in mind that deep-rooted … (1 comments)

going green: ENERGY STAR Ratings...Does My Home Qualify? - 07/06/09 03:57 AM
My previous post discussed LEED Certfication, one of the three programs that certify a building or home to be GREEN.  Today I will focus on ENERGY STAR.  Most people recognize ENERGY STAR as the  popular program that helps consumers identify effiecient products.  Some common examples include air conditioners, dishwashers, computers, printers, scanners, and other household appliances. It is also a qualification awarded to homes and buildings by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).The correct definition of an ENERGY STAR qualified home is one that is 15% more efficient then the average baseline home, taking into account structural attributes, mechanical systems, and appliances.  A … (0 comments)

going green: What Makes A Home Or Building Green? - 07/01/09 02:13 AM
In order for a building or home to be certified as "Green" it must be certified by one of the nationally recognized rating programs.  The Most Common are as follows:1) LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design)  2) ENERGY STAR3) HERS Index (Home Energy Rating System).  Today I will focus on LEED so I don't overwhelm you with information, tomorrow I will focus on ENERGY STAR and so on.LEED is a third party certification program that sets design, construction, and operational standards for high performance green buildings.  The certification is awarded by the US Green Building Council.Qualifying Criteria Includes:1) New Construction … (2 comments)

going green: Sustainable/Green Living...Where Are We Today? - 06/28/09 09:42 AM
I have done alot of thinking about the term "Green" and have come to the conlcusion that I much prefer the term "Sustainable Living".  Even though awareness is at an all time high, many people are not sure what "Green" means.  The term is defined differently in many industries and orginizations, there are also many different degrees.  For some the term means an environmental movement to others a political movement.  Most consumers believe it means "earth friendly" which is somewhat correct, simply put "Green" refers to lessening the environmental impact from society.  The term "Sustainable Living" refers to the ability to … (1 comments)

going green: Westchester County And The Going Green Revolution - 05/27/09 02:02 PM
Westchester County is constantly evolving and working on ways to improve the quality of live for its roughly 1 million residents.  Many of us have had it with traffic on the Hutch, 287, and the Bronx River.  My least favorite is I-287 which seems like it has been under construction forever.  What I am excited about is the planned improvement for this major roadway, set to be completed in the next couple of years.  There will be a high speed bus lane and improved ease of exit into White Plains.  Plans for the "new" Tappan Zee bridge are currently being discussed … (0 comments)

going green: The 7 Sins Of Greenwashing - Courtesy Of The Daily Green In Westchester County NY - 04/17/09 12:56 PM
The 7 Sins of Greenwashing

1. Sin of the Hidden Trade-Off: If a product claims to be green in one sense, but ignores other significant impacts, the marketers sin. According to TerraChoice: "Paper, for example, is not necessarily environmentally-preferable just because it comes from a sustainably-harvested forest. Other important environmental issues in the paper-making process, including energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and water and air pollution, may be equally or more significant."
2. Sin of No Proof: If you can't prove it with reputable third-party verification, you can't claim it, according to TerraChoice: "Common examples are facial or toilet tissue products … (0 comments)

going green: The Three R's Represent The Fundamental Concepts For Contributing To The Green Movement - 03/28/09 01:29 AM
The three R's represent the  fundamental concepts for contributing to the Green movement.  1) Reduce - Cutting back on how many resources we consume. This is the cornerstone for living a Greener lifestyle, it is usually one of the hardest to adopt.  So much of our culture is based on bigger is better and the newest gadget is cooler then the old one.  We tend to forget, and as humans we have built in forgetters.  Beyond reducing consumption, when we do need to aquire things, we can strive for better choices such as buying recycled products or locally produced items, to reduce … (0 comments)

going green: Government Grants for Energy Efficiency One Step Closer To You - 03/27/09 06:31 AM
The Obama Administration is dolling out $3.2 billion for energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in states and cities across the U.S., moving that portion of the economic stimulus money a bit closer to your home.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program will fund new and existing programs in states to promote home energy audits, weatherization, energy efficiency upgrades, replacement of outdated appliances and other similar initiatives. The Department of Energy had previously estimated that the average qualifying home could benefit from $6,500 in improvements. Each program differs by state and city, so look to your local agencies or … (0 comments)

going green: Green Federal Income Tax Credits 2009 - 02/12/09 09:10 PM
When Congress passed the financial bailout bill, it included a range of federal tax credits and cash gifts for businesses -- but also a suite of new and renewed tax credits for individuals who want to make energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to their home or cars.
The tax bill is filled with important incentives that will keep the solar and wind power industries competitive, and that means they should continue to innovate, producing more power at ever more affordable prices. That's critical for the U.S., and the world, as we confront the challenge of global warming.
But what about … (1 comments)

going green: Keepin' It Green For The Masses - The Glossary Of Terms - 02/06/09 12:32 PM
Alternative energy- An umbrella term used to describe any non-traditional energy source (wind power, solar energy) that replaces more traditional sources that use fossil fuels.Carbon footprint- A measure of your impact on the environment terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced. Carbon footprint refers to the overall carbon emissions a building creates including construction and operation.Carbon neutral- A company, developer, or action that claims it does not make any carbon emissions or that if it does it offsets the emissions elsewhere.Carbon offsetting- The process of reducing carbon emissions by donating money to organizations that will plant trees or create renewable … (2 comments)

going green: Keepin' It Green For The Masses - The Glossary Of Terms - 02/06/09 12:30 PM
Alternative energy- An umbrella term used to describe any non-traditional energy source (wind power, solar energy) that replaces more traditional sources that use fossil fuels.Carbon footprint- A measure of your impact on the environment terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced. Carbon footprint refers to the overall carbon emissions a building creates including construction and operation.Carbon neutral- A company, developer, or action that claims it does not make any carbon emissions or that if it does it offsets the emissions elsewhere.Carbon offsetting- The process of reducing carbon emissions by donating money to organizations that will plant trees or create renewable … (0 comments)

going green: Understanding The Green Movement - 02/03/09 12:55 PM
Here is a quick reference guide to understanding "Green"
 
Location-A green home should not disrupt wildlife and should be in a densely populated area close to public transportation.Size- Generally, smaller homes are automatically greener.Design - A green home should allow for plenty of natural light to enter the interior so as to reduce the need for electrical lights. Its design should keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Building materials - Look for homes with non-toxic building materials and furnishings.Insulation - A non-toxic insulation will help prevent cool air leakage in the summer and warm air … (0 comments)

going green: Green Toys For Kids - 11/14/08 12:51 AM
This year, as testified by crowds in downtown New York and other areas, the Christmas shopping season has started even before the Thanksgiving turkey is out of the oven. And with the hype for new video game consoles like Nintendo's Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3, not to mention the T.M.X. Elmo, parents may feel it would be child abuse not to buy the most advertised items. While these games and toys have their appeal, there are plenty of long-lasting, imagination-provoking toys that will be new to children, even if, like finger puppets, they've been available for centuries.
The non-profit Parents … (1 comments)

going green: Going Green In Westchester County, Tarrytown NY 10591 - 11/12/08 12:56 AM
I am amazed at how fast the "Going Green" trend has grown in the past year!  I can remember when it started to catch on and applaud everybody that has joined in.  Anything and everything from shopping bags, to home building materials, cleansers, even schools teaching are little ones about going green.  My daughters school is helping to promote the concept to the kids.  If we can get the little ones to understand and implement these practices...just think what the world will be like when they are grown!I am holding a "Going Green" seminar in my Tarrytown, NY office to help … (1 comments)

 
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