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Due to the health restrictions at the market this season, the EcoFair is not happening this year. If your non-profit or student group would like to do a webinar hosted by Color Brighton Green, let us know.

Science: Best Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Recently we have been asked about the best ways to reduce our carbon emissions. Here’s one list of answers from Science. I bet you could do at least one of them, and I suspect you will be surprised by some of them.

ColorBrightonGreen.org supports Community Choice Aggregation!

Updated March 28, 2018: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) is a bulk energy purchasing program intended to lower costs and transition to greater use of renewable energy for residents and small businesses in cities, towns, and villages that decide to participate. As a member of the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC), ColorBrightonGreen.org has committed to support […]

Using a Clothes Line Instead of a Dryer

Our clothes dryers are the third biggest energy gobblers in our homes (after the furnace and hot water heater). Hanging some or all of our wash on an indoor or outdoor line is good exercise. Every dryer load skipped saves as much energy (and emissions) as not driving 5 miles in a conventional car. If […]

SunCommon Sip-n-Sun

Join SunCommon New York for a Sip n’ Sun at Zebb’s in Brighton. Enjoy a drink on us and learn about affordable solar in Rochester. Contact Mary for more information or to RSVP. When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 5:30 to 7:30 PM Where: Zebbs Deluxe Grill and Bar, 2890 S. Clinton Avenue, Brighton, NY More […]

New York State Residential Home Energy Improvement Programs

PathStone serves as the Community Based Organization for NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green NY Program in the Finger Lakes area. They offer free assistance in applying for these programs, advice on how to make your home more energy efficient, and technical knowledge to help individuals communicate with local contractors participating in these programs. PathStone is your […]

Wind Power

We have been purchasing wind power from RG&E. This allows RG&E to buy electricity generated by wind mills. It is supplied in the routine way. This doesn’t save money (you have to pay a very small extra amount) but it does help to reduce greenhouse gases. You can get more information on the RG&E website.

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Power Strips That Auto-Turn Off And On

Technology is a cool thing. These power strips will automatically turn off whenever a 10%+ drop in current to the main outlet is detected, and automatically turn on when an increase of 7 watts or more in power to the main outlet is sensed. In other words, plug your computer into the main outlet, and […]

Run A Full Dishwasher

Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it, and use the energy-saving setting if your washer has one. This lets you air-dry the dishes. In addition, you can turn of the “dry” cycle manually. Not using heat in drying can save 20 percent of your dishwasher’s total electricity use.

Light Bulbs: Small Investments Can Pay Big Dividends

Buy energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs for your most-used lights. Although they cost more initially, they save money in the long run because they use only 1/4 as much energy as ordinary incandescent bulbs, while lasting 8 to 12 times longer. And fluorescents put out an equivalent amount of bright, attractive light. Only 10 percent […]

Do Not Buy Oversized Equipment

When it comes to heating and cooling, smaller is better! Oversize your furnace and it will turn of and on a lot. These things run most efficiently when warm. I know it is counter-intuitive, but sizing them so they will run and run is most efficient, and is also most comfortable. New furnaces pull so […]