Energy Audits: Not At All Painful

December 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

Audit.¬†To many people, the word is enough to incite a feeling of discomfort. Audits are considered to be bad things, signs that you’ve done something wrong with your taxes or some other policy. But energy audits are a completely different animal.

So what does an energy audit entail? What is its purpose? Well, the entire idea is that an auditor will come into your home, and does some tests to essentially figure out how energy efficient your entire home is, and then can let you know what improvements you can make to improve that efficiency. « Read the rest of this entry »

Energy Efficiency: Green is What You Save, Not What You Spend

December 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

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Today, as a part of my internship with You Save Green, I assisted in an energy audit. I’ll talk more about that later, but what I want to discuss here is the multitude of economic opportunities provided to those looking to make their homes more sustainable. « Read the rest of this entry »

New Year’s Resolutions

December 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

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The Pillars of Sustainability

It’s almost time for one of my favorite holidays – New Year‘s! Now why do I love New Year’s so much? Because, it’s one of the only times each year you get a chance to start fresh. It’s a great time to make some resolutions to improve your life and the lives of others.

What are your plans for this year? Why not make a sustainable resolution this year? When I say sustainable, I mean that you should make a resolution that you can finally follow through with. Make it simple but impactful. Instead of saying “I’m going to lose weight,” make it a quantifiable goal, « Read the rest of this entry »

NYC Makes Christmas ‘Greener’ Than Ever Before

December 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Travel to New York this winter? In the ‘City that never sleeps’ it’s no surprise that there are quite a large number of lights, which not-so-shockingly use up their fair share of energy. And of course, at Christmas time, during the holiday season, one would expect this energy usage to skyrocket. With all of the big decorations – the tree in Rockefeller Center, plus some new things – there has to be a huge impact on the environment, right? Well, there’s where you’d be surprised. Many of these decorations are actually quite environmentally friendly, at least as much as they possibly can be. « Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas is over, so what now?

December 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

WAIT! Before you throw out those boxes or return that hideous sweater your Aunt Tilda bought you, READ THIS! Here’s a quick list of tips about what to do to make sustainable uses of all types of leftovers from Christmas! (or for my people, the still-continuing Hanukkah!

  1. Food. Have leftover food? Instead of throwing it out, here are a whole bunch of things you can do with it: « Read the rest of this entry »

Hippodrome Receives LEED Silver

December 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

Congratulations to the Hippodrome Building(1120 Avenue of the America) on receiving a LEED Silver certification! The building, which contains corporate offices and a large parking lot, was noted by the USGBC for having an energy-efficient glass-curtain wall and energy efficient mechanical systems, among other sustainable improvements. If you’re in the city, check it out!

Affordable Sustainability

December 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Take a look at this!
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So I was just in a dollar store, and what do I come upon? Even for such a low price, companies are ENCOURAGING sustainability! With affordable containers like these, there’s no need for the plastic bottles and cups that unfortunately don’t usually get recycled! Another point for team Green!

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