Update! Appliance Research: Chest Freezers
March 9, 2010 – 9:48 am | Comments Off on Update! Appliance Research: Chest Freezers

The decision (and purchase) has been made! In an earlier post (“Appliance Upgrade Research: Chest Freezers”), I checked to see if the chest freezers listed on the EnergyStar site were still offered by each of the manufacturers

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NYC Contractors: Boiler Maintenance (NYC plumbers revisited)
October 9, 2008 – 1:28 pm | Comments Off on NYC Contractors: Boiler Maintenance (NYC plumbers revisited)

After having the heating systems taken offline for the summer to conserve energy, I called Mr. Rooter to do a “pre-firing” inspection of the boilers and associated components. Throughout the past 3 years Mr. Rooter …

Equipment Maintenance: Enerjet Boilers
January 27, 2008 – 7:28 pm | One Comment

This is really to help my memory than a functional post that explains functionality. 
From time to time, it’s a good idea to flush the heating system – not only will this reduce (or temporarily eliminate) the amount …

Equipment Problems: Enerjet Boiler
February 22, 2007 – 1:30 am | 6 Comments

What began as a minor inconvenience of having to re-light pilot lights and flush the heating system has TURNED into “well, how much could a new boiler be” scenario. The previous owner of the building …

Choosing a New Energy Supplier in NYC (2007 edition)
December 27, 2006 – 2:50 pm | 3 Comments

After almost a year since my initial inquiries (followup 1, part 2) to the PowerYourWay ESCOs, I’ve decided to look back into the Con Edison residential gas/energy supplier alternatives listed on PowerYourWay.com. A quick search of …

Tenants: Utility Bill Cost Cutting
November 6, 2006 – 12:12 pm | One Comment

This past summer, electricity was a hot topic (cough) throughout New York’s Queens Borough. Eleven day power outages brought on by the failures of 10 of the 22 primary feeders that provide power to the …

Reducing Electric Bills (repost)
June 1, 2006 – 10:59 am | 4 Comments

It’s as easy as flicking a switch on your fuse box that controls the water heater-some households have been doing this for quite a few months now, and saving about $60/month on electric bills. Simply …

Free Microsoft Office Live Hosted Website and Domain (repost)
May 28, 2006 – 4:24 pm | Comments Off on Free Microsoft Office Live Hosted Website and Domain (repost)

Taken from TwistedStudent.com
As part of it's online live beta testing period, http://officelive.microsoft.com is offering three (initially free) packages. After the beta period, only the basic offering will remain free — although from what I've seen so …

Choosing a new Energy Supplier (pt. 2)
March 5, 2006 – 10:04 pm | 3 Comments

Shortly after sending out my initial email to the energy suppliers listed on poweryourway.com I landed a new job and this project fell off the table for a little bit. 
I should’ve known that it would only be a …

Software for small time landlording
March 1, 2006 – 5:49 pm | Comments Off on Software for small time landlording

Just picked up Quicken Rental Property Manager from amazon.com (next to EBay the lowest price I could find) in order to hopefully break away from the excel sheet I’ve been using to track expenses.
Haven’t installed …

Water Meter Remote
February 14, 2006 – 11:22 am | 3 Comments

Not that this is anything more than a slight inconvenience, but one of the to do list items was to find out how to get my water meter remote* reinstalled. The DEP actually sent someone …

Choosing a new Energy Supplier in NYC (followup)
January 31, 2006 – 11:26 am | One Comment

The business week during which I sent my initial inquiries out to the different energy supply companies on poweryourway.com is pretty much done.  The results, a bit discouraging. I was hoping at least the customer service departments handling …

Choosing a new Energy Supplier in NYC
January 25, 2006 – 10:12 am | 14 Comments

With each bill, Con Edison (my current gas and electric supplier), includes a customer newsletter. One of the constant features of this newsletter is Con Edison’s PowerYourWay program (poweryourway.com). Power Your Way encourages current Con …