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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Efforts and projects taken on to shrink a homeowners carbon footprint.


Projects and experiences with local NYC contractors


Avoid the school of hard knocks, these articles will help.


Home improvement projects and upgrades all documented here.

Technical Difficulties

Necessary repairs, maintenance and… oversights.

Residential Building Registration With A Click
May 28, 2006 – 3:31 am | Comments Off on Residential Building Registration With A Click

HPD’s Website Introduces Online Registration Assistance
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has launched a new website feature to make property registration for residential building owners much simpler and easier. Through …

Why you'll pay more in rent this year (repost)
May 23, 2006 – 4:38 pm | Comments Off on Why you'll pay more in rent this year (repost)

Seen on Flip or Rent — Why you'll pay more in rent this year (originally posted on MSN):
Rents were up last year and they're expected to continue rising. Who or what to blame depends on where …

Backyard improvements
May 20, 2006 – 3:26 pm | Comments Off on Backyard improvements

While it’s too late to start on the backyard garden (well, aside from getting the trees in), for now, taking up the old sod that the previous owner killed and installing a new layer should clean …

NYC Contractors: Choosing an Electrician
April 26, 2006 – 11:34 pm | One Comment

After doing probably more research than really required (seems to be the trend) we settled on purchasing an over the range microwave by Whirlpool.
Problem now is finding an electrician to run a dedicated line from the …

2006 BuildingsNY Expo (June 14th-15th)
April 21, 2006 – 11:16 am | Comments Off on 2006 BuildingsNY Expo (June 14th-15th)

Source a year's worth of products and services from more than 500 exhibitors at one place (floorplan) in only two exciting and efficient days. At BuildingsNY 2006, you'll find everything for building maintenance, renovation, and restoration …

On a totally unrelated note
April 14, 2006 – 5:47 pm | 3 Comments

Just something to help me remember things:
The IPod has been locked. Please quit iTunes, and then load Ephpod again
You fix this by plugging in the ipod to the pc and letting it connect.

Open explorer browse …

PlanNYC: new website from the Furman Center
March 14, 2006 – 1:43 pm | One Comment

Received via email this afternoon: Announcing a new website from the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU. PlanNYC, available at www.plannyc.org, is a web-based tool to give citizens and organizations interested in …

The backyard: 2 inches soil, 6 inches concrete.
March 13, 2006 – 10:31 pm | One Comment

At times the lengths people go to in order to save a few bucks borders on mind-numbingly foolish. The backyard to this property had initially been covered with old, ill kept concrete which the previous …

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 …

Sidenote: Takeout menu math
February 20, 2006 – 4:24 pm | 2 Comments

Occasionally, when looking through take out menu prices, some things just don’t seem to add up. An example would be “Lite Bites” which charges $6.25 for a “Western Burger.”
The Western burger is their $3.95 burger …

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 …

Resource Conservation: Composting & Solar Electric
February 4, 2006 – 11:01 am | Comments Off on Resource Conservation: Composting & Solar Electric

Queens Botanical Gardens (offer discounts on composing materials):
NYC.gov PDF on composting:
NYC Roof Mounted Solar Energy System Installers
Solar Energy Systems
altPower, Inc.
Everpower Renewables
The Solar Plan

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 …