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NYC Green House is an HPD program designed to help building owners reduce the amount of energy used to operate their buildings safely and efficiently.  Whether renovating units, replacing mechanicals or maintaining these residential buildings, NYC Green House provides access to tax credits, rebates and incentives that promote energy efficiency as well as some easy tips for everyday upkeep that can lower your energy bills.

Entries in energy (22)

Tuesday
Nov092010

Installing Energy Star® rated windows and doors can reduce your energy bill by 15%

Consider replacing old, drafty windows and doors with Energy Star® rated, efficient ones--they could reduce your energy bill by 15%. Federal energy tax credits are available check the Energy Star® website: 

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=WI

Tuesday
Nov092010

Using natural daylight can reduce your dependence on electric lighting

If the skylights in your stairwell have fallen into disrepair, consider replacing them or repairing them.  This will provide natural daylight so you can reduce your dependence on electric lighting.

Tuesday
Nov092010

Bring fresh air into your building when the outside temperature is between 55-75ºF

Bring fresh air into your building: instruct your maintenance staff to leave windows in common areas (like lobbies and stairwells) open when the outside temperature is between 55-75ºF.

http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11830

http://www.wbdg.org/resources/naturalventilation.php

Tuesday
Nov092010

Use the Energy Star® Guide to Federal Tax Credits

Use the Energy Star® Guide to Federal Tax Credits to find which products might get you a tax credit or a refund: 

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

Tuesday
Nov092010

Purchase Energy Star® rated window air conditioners

Energy Star® rated window air conditioners use about 10% less energy than non-rated A/C room units.  In addition to having great features (like timers and temperature control), they can save you $60 during the machine’s lifetime. Look for the yellow label on appliances in the hardware store, or check out different models on the EPA’s Energy Star® website: 

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=AC

 

Tuesday
Nov092010

Purchase Energy Star® qualified refrigerators 

Energy Star® qualified refrigerators are 20% more energy efficient than the minimum federal standard. That adds up to significant savings for your tenants, and less of a draw on your building’s wiring. They may be eligible for a tax credit, too. You can find qualified models here: 

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showproductgroup&pgw_code=RF

Tuesday
Nov092010

Use this calculator to determine your building’s energy efficiency

Figure out whether your building operates efficiently or if it’s an energy hog. Using your energy bill, this downloadable calculator will help you determine where your building falls.

http://prattcenter.net/energy-efficiency-calculator

Tuesday
Nov092010

Educate your residents about energy saving tips

Educate your residents about all the great tricks and tips offered by GreeNYC by visiting this site:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/greenyc/html/home/home.shtml

Tuesday
Nov092010

Get New York State rebates on Energy Star® appliances

You may be eligible to get New York State rebates on Energy Star® appliances. Visit this website to learn about the rebate program: 

http://www.conedci.com/

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=rebate.rebate_locator

Tuesday
Nov092010

Buy Energy Star® rated appliances and electronics

Encourage your tenants to buy Energy Star® rated appliances and electronics. They use 10-50% less energy and water than non-rated appliances.  Read more on the appliance section of the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star® program: 

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index

Tuesday
Nov092010

Try a Do-It-Yourself home energy assessment

For a Do-It-Yourself home energy assessment, the U.S. Department of Energy will get you started: 

http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/energy_audits/index.cfm/mytopic=11170

Tuesday
Nov092010

Repair broken windows and loose doors to limit heat loss

Repair broken windows and loose doors to limit heat loss. Make sure your residents’ thermostats and/or radiator valves are working properly.

http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/windows_doors_skylights/index.cfm/mytopic=13310

Tuesday
Nov092010

Service and maintain your boiler regularly to keep it running at peak efficiency

Service your boiler regularly to keep it running at peak efficiency. Your fuel or gas company can set up an inspection and maintenance plan with you.

http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/space_heating_cooling/index.cfm/mytopic=12530

Tuesday
Nov092010

Claim up to $1,500 in federal tax credits for energy efficiency improvements

Property owners can benefit from federal tax credits for energy efficiency improvements on their homes. Visit Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency: 

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index

 


Tuesday
Nov092010

Install an Energy Star® rated boiler, it uses about 6% less energy than a standard boiler

An Energy Star® rated boiler or a model that is 90%+ efficient uses about 6% less energy than a standard boiler. Check out these models.

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.showProductGroup&pgw_code=BO

 

 

Thursday
Nov042010

Energy audits can help calculate how efficiently your building is using energy

Multi-family building owners, developers, and landlords can get information from NYSERDA'S
New York Energy $mart(SM) for how to reduce residential energy expenditures: 


Existing Buildings:
http://www.getenergysmart.org/MultiFamilyHomes/ExistingBuilding/BuildingOwner.aspx

New Construction:
http://www.getenergysmart.org/MultiFamilyHomes/NewConstruction/BuildingOwner.aspx

Thursday
Nov042010

Calculate how efficiently your building is using energy

Figure out whether your building operates efficiently or if it’s an energy hog. Using your energy bill, this downloadable calculator from Pratt Center will help you determine where your building falls: 

http://prattcenter.net/energy-efficiency-calculator

Thursday
Nov042010

Install inexpensive reflectors behind radiators to maximize efficiency.

Use passive heat conductors to improve heating.  Install inexpensive reflectors behind radiators to maximize efficiency.

Thursday
Nov042010

Check to see that your residents’ radiators and vents are operating efficiently

Open shut-off valves and make sure radiator air valves are working properly in order to make sure your residents’ radiators and vents are operating efficiently.

Thursday
Nov042010

Inspect radiators and vents to ensure they are working properly

Inspect and remove any blocks or obstructions to ensure that your residents’ radiators and vents are working properly.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/hpd/downloads/pdf/winter-energy-saving-tips.pdf