sustainability

Reflecting on sustainability

The late Maris Hearn opened her Thursday night Gumbo Shop on WJFF Radio with the salutation, “This is the music that inspires, delights and sustains me.” The curated content of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s (NESEA) Building Energy (BE) Conference, held annually in Boston, is the music of sustainable building that inspires, delig


Photos contributed by Delaware River Solar

This is a Delaware River Solar project in Sackett Lake helping to generate power for more than 300 people. 

The lowdown on solar energy in New York

NEW YORK — With vast areas of farmland and many local groups and politicians focused on renewable energy, New York’s Hudson Valley has become a landmark location for solar energy. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, in 2013, New York had 4,372 completed solar projects and by 2017 that number had jumped to 13,582 projects.

A green update from the county

What’s new in sustainability in Sullivan County? No better people to ask than the county’s Office of Sustainable Energy. Here are a few environmentally focused projects, headed by a number of different individuals and organizations, at work for the Earth in our area.

Organics management plans


Infographic by Amanda Reed

During the winter, heat pumps pull in heat from outside to warm your home. If temperatures are extremely low, heat pumps need to use a backup heat source.  In the summertime, heat pumps take the warm air from inside your home and pushes it outside. 

Leave that heat pump thermostat alone in winter...

REGION —If a heat pump is operated in the most efficient way possible, and as intended, the cost per month in one apartment of about 800 square feet in Livingston Manor is about $80 per month in the winter months. If the heat pump is operated in the least efficient way, the cost during those months jumps to about $300 or more.

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