THE DREAM BECOMES REAL: Living Comfortably & Affordably OFF-THE-GRID (or nearly!)
Local Entrepreneurs Show Us How
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Location: Greenburgh Nature Center
Imagine: Your home performing at its peakto keep you warm in winter and cool in summer for less than you pay now.
Imagine: Home or office furniture,flooring, tiling and products made from reclaimed materials that reduce allergies andcontribute to a healthy home or work environment.
Imagine: You can dramatically improveenergy efficiency and air quality, reduce water use, and install a solar orgeothermal system with no money down options and government incentives!
Come hearJudy Martin, Jean Hamerman and Eva Finkelstein, three local green buildingentrepreneurs, discuss how you make your home or workspace more comfortable andenergy-efficient. Together we canimprove our quality of life now while building a brighter, healthier future.
Judith Martin, Founder& Principal of Green Home Consulting; Rye
JeanHamerman, Founder & President of NeighborGreen: Home Weatherizing Made Easy,Hastings-On-Hudson
Eva Finkelstein is Founder & Owner of Green Design Expo, Scarsdale
Come find out more on July 14th from 10am to 2pm
March 2012 will go down as the warmest March in the United States since record-keeping began in 1895 according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association . More than 15,000 warm temperature records were broken during the month!
- * Every state in the nation experienced at least one record warm daily temperature during March
- * Warmer-than-average conditions across the eastern U.S. also created an environment favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes
- * Twenty-five states, all east of the Rockies, had their warmest first quarter on record
Extreme conditions are ”wake-up calls” to be heeded and offer us the opportunity to engage our neighbors in discussions about what we can do in our homes, in our communities and in our country to prevent a direct hit– an environmental crisis of global proportions. Read more from leading climate scientists interviewed in the New York Times.
Here is a link to energy-saving tips. Get your family and friends engaged!
According to a recent survey, 79% of consumers would rather buy from companies doing their best to adopt green practices to save the environment than not, and 35% are willing to pay a premium for green goods.
The free workshop “How to Brand Your Green Business to Benefit Your Bottom Line” takes place on Wednesday, April 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Lobby Board Room at 1133 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY.
“Our April 11 workshop will focus on how communicating green values in your branding message will benefit your bottom line.” notes Anne Janiak, executive director of WEDC, a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurs with the skills, tools, and resources they need to start and expand their own businesses and to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Featured speakers include Jean Hamerman, founder and president of NeighborGreen, a home weatherizing company that offers incremental, affordable solutions to help people increase their home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
Also speaking will be Sharon Rowe, CEO of Eco-Bags Products, Inc. Rowe started Eco-Bags in 1989. Since then, Eco-Bags has created canvas bags, produce bags, lunch bags, travel bags, and more. The product line can be found nationwide in various food co-ops, produce stores, and retail locations as well as online.
It was great fun doing an “Eco-Friendly”-themed Lunch and Learn for Cortlandt Manor, NY employees. Jean Hamerman, President of Neighborgreen and associate Lucy Kramer-Connors, covered no-cost and low-cost energy-saving measures that pay for themselves. Opportunities included how to reduce the cost of heating and cooling our homes, how to cut back on hot water usage, lighting, electrical loads and more. For those of you ready to buy an energy-efficient refrigerator or clothes washer, take advantage of rebates up to $350. First come, first served. More information at www.NYSApplianceRebates.com or call 1-877-NY-SMART.
If your company or village is interested in holding a Lunch and Learn for employees, contact Jean Hamerman. Together, we can tread lightly and protect our environment.
Great news! A survey finds that eco-friendly behaviors are growing more socially acceptable to mainstream America, and any lingering stigma around “being green” is fading. For example, over 57% of respondents said they would be “very embarrassed” if someone they admired knew they threw trash out the car window – that’s higher than their embarrassment for not paying taxes. People would also be embarrassed to have people find out they kept their thermometer set to 73 degrees year-round (too high in winter and low in summer). So to avoid further embarrassment, find out how easy it is to burn less (oil, and gas) and preserve more (income, home valuation, health). Start with a no-obligation home energy assessment.
Universely accepted for many years in Europe and Asia, ductless mini split air conditioners and heat pumps are fast becoming popular in the United States, too. The system is composed of three main components: an outdoor unit, an indoor mounted evaporator unit, and a wireless remote controller. The outdoor and indoor units are connected via small refrigerant lines that run through a three-inch opening in the wall or ceiling. The set up allows for quiet, efficient, safe, secure, zoned heating or cooling of any area in your home or apartment. And with no delivery loss and a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) they are up to 40% more efficient than standard window units or traditional ducted systems.
Find out more about heat pump technology. Up to a $600 rebate from Con Edison!
Set your 2012 intention to conserve energy and help restore the environment - what are you prepared to do for your home, for your community? Sit down as a family and come up with a plan and targeted goals to save.
1 . Change from incandescent to energy-efficient light bulbs
2. Install and use programmable thermostats (wear sweaters and set low)
3. Close and lock windows
4. Make sure fireplace dampers are closed after every use and considering lock-top dampers
5. Have ducts cleaned periodically so air flow is more balanced
6. Do more cold water washes and line dry
7. Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater –110-120 degrees should be sufficient
8. Use power strips to turn off electronics from the source
9. Replace appliances with Energy Star rated appliances
10. Seal ductwork with mastic, a rubbery paint
11. Install energy-efficient window shades
12. Maintain your heating and cooling systems for greater efficiency
13. Air seal and insulate your home for year-round comfort and savings
In concert, we could significantly reduce energy consumption in our homes and in our communities and that means reduced green house gas emissions. Let’s be able to look back on 2012 and say we lived our intention and met our goals!
NeighborGreen loved doing a complete thermal makeover for Wyldon Fishman’s home in Riverdale. (Wyldon is President of the New York Solar Energy Society). We achieved a 50% reduction in “air leakiness” measurement by air sealing baseboards and plumbing/electrical penetrations, weather-stripping doors, remediating windows, blowing cellulose into the attic floor, and filling exterior walls with cellulose (from the outside). This reduction means greater year-round comfort and big savings. Watch for videos about our work and interviews with Wyldon.
Weather disasters marked 2011 and have resulted in billions in damage in the United States. Drought was followed by famine in East Africa and by wildfires in Texas, while Pakistan and Thailand were hit by flooding. Building collective memories of these disasters, may be a first step in getting us all to take action.