Join us Saturday, December 2nd at the Union Grove Distillery for a free presentation about Geothermal heating. Learn how to cut your heating bills dramatically, with presentations at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Geothermal heating is an affordable, environmentally-friendly alternative to heating your home with oil, propane, natural gas or wood. If you're curious how it works, come to a pithy PowerPoint, followed by Q&A with Jake Kornack from Dandelion. Dandelion is a Google X spinoff that launched this summer in upstate New York with the goal of making geothermal heating a good alternative for people who want to reduce their carbon footprint at home. Join us!
Regardless of where your vehicle lies on the fuel-efficiency spectrum, you can still significantly reduce your CO2 emissions by altering the way you drive. Every gallon of gas burned equals 22 lbs of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The best way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution is to drive less—plan your trips, carpool, bike or walk. If you must drive, EcoDriving significantly decreases your carbon footprint. EcoDriving is a set of learned habits behind the wheel that, with a little vigilance, add up to more money in your wallet and less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Idling Damages Your Engine One of the leading misconceptions in fuel efficiency is that restarting your car uses more gas than letting it idle, when in fact, idling your car for just 10 seconds uses more gas than turning the key and emits 80% more pollution than driving. Idling generates partially combusted gases that accumulate in the engine and do lasting damage EcoDriving is Easy By adopting a few simple habits, you could save an average of 20% on fuel expenses each week (as much as $500 per year): Drive slower. In the 1970’s, Federal Law reduced highway speeds from 75 mph to 55 mph, which conserved gasoline by as much as 30%. Be gentle on the pedals. Vehicles use the greatest amount of gas while accelerating. When possible, coast to slow down, rather than braking. For every 10,000 miles driven with cruise control, the savings can amount to $200. Keep your vehicle maintained: Changing the air filter, changing lubricants, and keeping tires inflated can increase fuel efficiency by 19%. Plan your outing – Wandering aimlessly wastes over 350,000 tons of fuel every year. Drivers waste about $59 million [...]
For those of you who were not able to attend the Fleischmanns Biomass Project on August 9th, please take a look at the video now and learn more about how the project might help support our local economic, environmental, and energy needs.
Join us to learn more about this exciting community energy project! A recently completed short film about this potential municipal heating project, created by Jessica Vecchione and funded through the Catskill Forest Association will be shown for the first time. Informative discussion to follow: bring an open mind, and a friend! Coffee and pastries will be served. August 9, 2014 -- 9:30 a.m. La Cabaña Restaurant, Main St. Fleischmanns
Where We Go From Here Opportunities and Solutions for an Interdependent World Last weekend, I was fortunate to attend “Where We Go From Here,” a conference at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies near Rhinebeck, NY (http://www.eOmega.org). Omega is set in the hills of the Hudson valley and the campus features rolling green lawns, tall trees, and camp-style buildings linked by meandering mulch paths. The conference consisted of keynote speeches and a panel discussion, as well as opportunities to network with attendees. At the close, the audience was asked to consider three questions, which you can see if you scroll down to the very end. They’re good questions, so I hope you will consider them, too. My overall takeaway from the weekend is hopefulness. Watching world events unfold, one can easily get the impression that nothing positive is going on anywhere. It was humbling to hear the keynote speakers and realize how much has already been done to build a better future. All of the projects were extraordinary. It was inspiring to be among my fellow participants who were all determined to play a role in putting humanity on a wiser path than our current trajectory. If any of the talks summarized below spark your interest, you can view them for free until Dec. 5th (all except Clinton’s speech). Simply go to the Omega website, click on the Where Do We Go From Here panel, and register (name and email). You will receive a link, and there’s a drop-down menu with the individual speakers listed. * The Main Hall accommodates about 500 people on folding chairs, an intimate setting to hear one of the greatest public speakers of our time, President William Jefferson Clinton. Friday [...]
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has just released results from its 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey. Household consumption profiles for 16 states, including New York, are available from their web site. Detailed information on the fact sheets cover many areas of interest: Overall energy use, electricity use, and expenditures Residential consumption by end use (air conditioning, heating, appliances) Main heating fuel Use of cooling equipment Housing types and year of construction Numbers of TVs and refrigerators Have a look and see how you and your fellow New Yorkers stack up!