Save money even during high summer heat

Quick Tips to Save Energy with the Summer HEAT!

1.  Use Energy Star ceiling fans to stay cool even while you raise the air conditioner settings.
2.  Clean or replace your air conditioner air filters.  Increase efficiency and extend the life of your equipment.
3.  Turn off electric devices that are not in use.  It will decrease the heat in your home and save electricity.
4.  Be sure to program your thermostat to run comfortably when you are home, rather than all day.
5.  Contact BrightHome for an Energy Audit today to learn how insulation can help your cooling bills!
6.  Drink plenty of water to hydrate and keep you cool!

Mike Brown

2012 Century Club winner

Tweet: 14 @NYSERDA Home Performance contractors receive U.S. Dept. of Energy awards

14 NYSERDA Home Performance Contractors Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for ‘Outstanding Contributions’ in 2012

Fourteen building trades contractors participating in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program have received awards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for “outstanding contributions to energy efficiency” during 2012.

The 2012 Century Club Awards recognize Home Performance contractors that have completed 100 or more energy efficiency projects through the Home Performance program’s “whole house” approach during the year.

New York’s Finger Lakes area is home to four of the 14 award winners, followed by Western New York with three, Long Island with two and Mohawk Valley, Central New York, Capital Region, Southern Tier and Westchester with one each.

“Congratulations to all the award winners for reaching this milestone,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State remains a national leader in energy efficiency through the hard work and dedication of these nationally recognized participating Home Performance contractors.”

Through funding from Green Jobs-Green New York (GJGNY), established by New York State to encourage energy efficiency, home energy assessments through the Home Performance program are free for most New Yorkers. NYSERDA also provides help in paying for the energy improvements through cash-back incentives and low-cost financing, including On-Bill Recovery Financing, which enables homeowners, small business and nonprofits to pay for their energy improvement through projected savings on their utility bills.

More NYSERDA contractors received the DOE 2012 Century Club Awards than any program other than one – the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund with Connecticut Light & Power and United lluminating.

NYSERDA’s Home Performance 2012 Century Club Award winner in Down-State was BrightHome Energy Solutions LLC, Elmsford, 111 projects

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR uses a “whole-house” comprehensive assessment approach to reduce home energy usage. Homeowners work with a participating contractor trained in building science and accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). The contractor measures the home’s overall energy performance, especially its insulation and air infiltration levels, and the efficiency of heating and cooling equipment, and assesses appliances and lighting. Contractors also test ovens, water heaters and other equipment to make sure dangerous combustion gases, such as carbon monoxide, are not leaking into the home. The homeowner receives a comprehensive home assessment report that includes recommendations for home improvements that will save energy. The contractor can then make the energy improvements for the homeowner.

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Reduce the heat

When it’s this hot outside, reduce the heat. Begin cooking on a higher heat setting until liquid begins to boil. Then, lower the temperature and simmer the food until fully cooked. A fast boil doesn’t cook faster than a slow boil, but it does use more energy.

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Stay away from heat!

Stay away from direct heat. Place the refrigerator or freezer away from direct sunlight and other heat sources such as ovens or ranges. Heat will cause the unit to use more energy to stay cold.

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Defrost Unit Regularly

Defrost a manual-defrost unit regularly. Frost makes your unit work harder and wastes energy. Don’t allow more than one-quarter inch of frost to build up.

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Refrigerator Temperatures

We know it’s hot out there, but don’t set the temperature colder than necessary. Set the refrigerator temperature between 36° F and 42° F. Set the freezer control so the temperature is between -5° F and +6° F. A small thermometer placed in the refrigerator or freezer will help you set it correctly.

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Run Cold Water

Run cold water for disposal. Hot water requires energy to warm the water. Cold water saves energy and solidifies grease, moving it more easily through the garbage disposal and pipes.

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Energy Star Products

Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.