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Renewable Electricity with CCA What’s Next

With 100% renewable electricity now is our opportunity to expand our lifestyle to include low carbon transportation and high-efficient home heating and cooling. The technology is available, achievable, and affordable. Curious about electric vehicles? Is the ancient basement furnace reaching end of life? Considering Geothermal or an air-sourced heat-pump? It is time to think about […]

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 […]

Clean Or Replace Air Filters As Recommended

You lose energy when air conditioners and hot-air furnaces have to work harder to draw air through dirty filters. Cleaning a dirty air-conditioner filter can save 5 percent of the energy used. That can reduce CO2 emissions by 175 pounds a year.

Think Twice Before Turning On The Air Conditioning

Making a decision not to turn on the air conditioning may mean a lifestyle change, but there are bigger lifestyle changes that will occur in the future. Earlier generations coped without air conditioning, so why can’t we?

Furnace Airflow

Don’t use pleated air filters! You wouldn’t drive your car towing a hundred pound block around—don’t do that to your furnace! Overly restrictive filters slow airflow through your furnace—usually well below what the furnace requires for efficient operation. Reduced airflow leads to higher energy bills and durability issues, (overheating the furnace, over cooling the A/C […]

Get An Energy Audit

This thorough diagnostic test takes a whole house approach to analyze where you are losing the most energy. A good analysis will also give a good indication of return on investment for various improvements. Remember, money saved on energy bills is after-tax money—so $100 annual savings on a $1,000 investment is like earning 10% tax […]

Be Careful Not To Overheat Or Overcool Your Rooms

In winter set your thermostat at 68°F by day and 55 degrees at night. In the summer set the thermostat at 78 degrees. In winter, lowering it by two degrees reduces heating-related CO2 emissions by 6 percent. That adds up to a reduction of 420 pounds a year for a typical home.

Turn Down Your Water-Heater Thermostat

Such thermostats are usually set to 140 degrees, although 120 is usually enough. Every ten-degree reduction saves 600 pounds of CO2 per year for an electric heater, or 440 pounds for a gas heater. If every household in the U.S. turned down its water-heater thermostat by 20 degrees, we could prevent more than 45 million […]

Close The Damper In Your Fire Place

To lighten your environmental impact and save money in the cold and drafty winter season, check that the damper in your fire place is properly fitted and firmly closed when not is use to avoid drafts and loss of heat up the chimney.

Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose is a material used as loose-fill insulation made from recycled wood fiber, primarily newsprint. The wood fiber is shredded and pulverized into small, fibrous particles that pack tightly into closed building cavities, inhibiting airflow. This provides a thermal resistance of R-3.6 to R-3.8 per inch. Cellulose insulation is considered a green building material because […]