How to Buy Green

Albany County Bounty: Support Local Farms & Agriculture

Local agriculture saves fuel and time by delivering fresh products to you with a minimum of transportation!  Visit these local Farmer's Markets and Farm Stands and you'll be delighted!

Energy Saving Windows, Doors and Skylights

Exterior windows, doors and skylights are openings in the envelop of the house. Its perimeters are often locations with poor insulation and air leaks. Adding insulation and sealing with weather stripping and caulking can go a long way to improve energy efficiency. If you have already done all the insulation and air sealing work, then replacing exterior windows, doors and skylights can further improve comfort and reduce energy usage.

Number of glass panes, insulation material, construction and installation quality will all impact the energy efficiency of the windows, doors and skylights. For example, older single pane glass (one piece of glass) windows has poor insulation value and are often 'drafty', requiring a warmer thermostat setting to be comfortable. New energy efficient windows has two or more panes of glass with insulation gas between the panes and are constructed to minimize air infiltration.

 

Efficient Space Heating and Cooling

Many New York State homes and commercial buildings can spent over 44% of their utility bill on space heating and air conditioning. If the furnace, boiler and air conditioner is over 20 years old or is in need of repair, making smart decisions about replacing heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) appliances can have a big effect on utility bills and comfort. Before rushing into a replacement decision, compare energy efficiency of the different options!

 

Save Money with Energy Efficient Lighting

An average New York State home spent about $200 of their annual utility bill on lighting. For commercial buildings, more electricity is often consumed by lighting than any other individual electric end use. In some cases lights are responsible for over 1/3 of the location's electric energy consumption.