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The go-to guide for finding green companies, products and services in the lower Hudson Valley.

RBA Go Green Resources: Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Energy Conservation & Efficiency

An energy audit is an inspection and study of buildings or systems in an effort to gain understanding of the energy consumption and costs associated with that building or system.  The result of the audit can be used to assist your business with selecting alternatives to reduce energy costs and eco-impact of a facility.

 

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Green Council Member Contribution: Frank Lauricella, Daylight Savings Company, flauricella@daylightsavings.us

Simple, low-cost energy efficiency measures include turning off equipment and lights that are not in use, switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, installing digital thermostats and using more fuel-efficient vehicles.


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Green Council Member Contribution: Frank Lauricella, Daylight Savings Company, flauricella@daylightsavings.us

 

Computer Power Management


Most computer equipment is left on for 24 hours a day, making power management features important for saving energy, money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Hundreds of leading organizations have activated power management features on computers saving as much as $75 per computer annually. Organizations large and small can, cut the electricity used by PCs in half, reduce office cooling loads, decrease peak demand load charges, enhance security and improve productivity.


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Green Council Member ContributionMichael Shilale, Michael Shilale Architects, mshilale@shilale.com

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) is a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sunlight directly into electricity.

 

Description / Definition: The majority of solar PV panels use wafer based crystalline Silicon cells or thin-film cell based on cadmium telluride or silicon.  Crystalline silicon is derived from silicon, a commonly used semi-conductor.

 

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Green Council Member Contribution: Tom O'Reilly

Lighting uses about 18 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S., and another 4 to 5 percent goes to remove the waste heat generated by those lights. Lighting in commercial buildings accounts for close to 71 percent of overall lighting electricity use in the U.S. With good design, lighting energy use in most buildings can be cut at least in half while maintaining or improving lighting quality. Such designs typically pay for themselves in energy savings alone within a fewyears, and they offer more benefits in terms of the potential for smaller and less costly cooling systems and more-productive work environments.


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Green Council Member Contribution:
Charmaine Cigliano, Orange and Rockland,
ciglianoc@oru.com

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 under Article 8, Title 9 of the State Public Authorities Law through the reconstitution of the New York State Atomic and Space Development Authority.  NYSERDA’s earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the goal of reducing the State’s petroleum consumption. Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals:  reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.

 

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Green Council & RBA Member Providing Product or Service: Frank Lauricella, 845-291-1275, Daylight Savings Company

ENERGY STAR®-labeled appliances exceed existing federal energy efficiency standards, typically by 13-20 percent and cost less to operate which helps protect the environment by using less energy than conventional products. Some ENERGY STAR labeled products, such as heating and cooling equipment, may cost a little more but energy bill savings make up for the slightly higher upfront price, often saving 15-40 percent annually.

 

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Green Council Member Contribution: Richard Struck, Orange and Rockland Utilities, StruckR@oru.com

It's your business decision to weigh your competing needs for capital versus continuing increases in operating costs for energy. Remember, even a longer return-on-investment on energy efficiency results in affordable comfort, and new, more reliable equipment that will pay for itself with energy savings. Strategic energy efficiency investments are your hedge against the certainty of higher utility bills that you cannot control.

 

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Green Council Member Contribution: Deborah Rosenberg, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., drosenberg@gpinet.com

Buying Green Power for Your Business

Green power is derived from many different renewable resources, and some have a greater effect on the environment than others. Wind, solar, and geothermal power are environmentally preferable sources, according to the DOE. Other sources--large-scale hydropower, some types of biomass, and municipal solid waste, for example--are generally less desirable, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental-advocacy group. The type of resource will determine how much you’ll pay for green power.

 

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Green Council Member Contribution: Deborah Rosenberg, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., drosenberg@gpinet.com

Simply put an EPC or ESPC is a contract with an Energy Service Company (ESCO) to do all the analysis and construction work necessary for you to save energy and money. The cost for the work is offset by the energy savings realized. The energy savings are guaranteed. If the savings are not realized, you are reimbursed the difference; if you realize more savings than anticipated, you get to keep the additional dollars.


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Michael Shilale Architects, Sustainable Solutions

Ira Wickes, Green Council Green Toolkit member

Rockland Business Association's Green Council Vision:  
To educate, promote and advocate to the business community the benefits of adopting Green principles.

RBA Green Council Mission:  
The RBA Green Council is committed to:

Assist members in realizing bottom line benefits of going green

Empower members to find the sustainable solutions best suited for their businesses by providing information on available educational, service and product resources they need

Advocate for members on related environmental issues affect the business community