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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Rechargable Batteries: Sanyo Eneloop
March 9, 2010 – 7:47 am | Comments Off on Rechargable Batteries: Sanyo Eneloop
Rechargable Batteries: Sanyo Eneloop

Recent additions have increased our need for batteries to the point that buying regular disposable batteries have become a problem in terms of cost and environmental impact.
There are a large number of sites that review rechargable …

NYC Contractors: Concrete Flooring
August 5, 2009 – 9:35 am | One Comment
NYC Contractors: Concrete Flooring

During the past few BuildingsNY conferences held in the Javits center, a few booths always grabbed my attention. Whether it was the flash of the presentation, the product or the snacks and free stuff (come …

Equipment: American Standard Traditional Champion 4 Slow-Close Toilet Seats
June 20, 2009 – 1:47 pm | Comments Off on Equipment: American Standard Traditional Champion 4 Slow-Close Toilet Seats
Equipment: American Standard Traditional Champion 4 Slow-Close Toilet Seats

It has been nearly three years since I hit Home Depot to replace a few older inexpensive plastic toilet seats with Bemis’ model 25CH molded wood seats.
The molded wood versions seemed like a better fit, …

Seasonal Maintenance Schedule
June 8, 2009 – 9:44 am | Comments Off on Seasonal Maintenance Schedule
Seasonal Maintenance Schedule

Spring Maintenance

Cracks and/or bubbling of roof membrane
Signs of ponding or stagnant water on roof
Parapet walls for damage or cracks
Capstone joints for separation or cracks in the seams
Flashing for tears, loose parts or disfigured sections
Roof ladders …

Pre-fab enviro-friendly homes
August 19, 2007 – 11:07 pm | Comments Off on Pre-fab enviro-friendly homes
Pre-fab enviro-friendly homes

Didn’t know such things existed until I stumbled across the Forbes article “Stunning Solar Powered Homes.” As it turns out there’s a company called LivingHomes (livinghomes.net) that designs, manufactures and assembles eco friendly homes that are LEED …

Investigating Finished Concrete for Basement Floors
July 16, 2007 – 10:24 am | One Comment
Investigating Finished Concrete for Basement Floors

Just a link for now, but as I find out more this post will expand.

EPA.GOV: Making environmentally conscious purchasing easier
June 1, 2007 – 6:10 pm | Comments Off on EPA.GOV: Making environmentally conscious purchasing easier
EPA.GOV: Making environmentally conscious purchasing easier

The EPA maintains a searchable Database of Environmental Information for Products and Services designed to help you find locate environmentally friendly alternatives to non-eco-friendly products.

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 …

December 18, 2006 – 1:53 am | 5 Comments

Similar to NYC WasteMatch with one major difference (see if you can spot it):
 We are an innovative project that harnesses the power of e-mail to connect people with things they want to throw away with …

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 …

Quick Energy Saving Tips
July 27, 2006 – 1:52 pm | Comments Off on Quick Energy Saving Tips

Instead of rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.
Try loading dishes into the dishwasher as they are.
And save gallons of water normally used to pre-wash dishes.
Instead of replacing burnt out incandescent lightbulbs with regular incandescents, …

NYC Contractors: Choosing a landscaping company
June 4, 2006 – 5:54 pm | One Comment

Urban backyard landscaping to some, might not look too difficult. For me on the other hand, this could be a project that eats up more time than I have. It’s time once again to turn …

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 …