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
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
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.