Millman and Montgomery Host Energy Workshop
December 16, 2008
Brooklyn Last Thursday evening in Boerum Hill, New York State Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman and State Senator Velmanette Montgomery held a Community Workshop on Energy Conservation and Green Building Strategies. Sharon Griffith of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Paul Kerzner of Con Ed, Damon Strub of Nomad Architecture, Naomi Fatt of the New York City Apollo Alliance and Maria Buckmire of the Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City were on hand to spread information about making homes and businesses energy efficient. Attendees also received free environmentally-friendly items such as long-lasting light bulbs. In spite of the torrential rain, consumers filled the room, wanting to learn more about energy efficiency and green building, said Millman. I thank Senator Montgomery and her staff, the panelists and all of the community members who attended this event. Many people have the desire to be more energy efficient, but are not aware of the simple measures they can take to green their homes and businesses. I hope that everyone who attended the workshop passes on this information to their friends and neighbors. Increasing energy efficiency not only benefits the environment, but it can significantly lower utilities costs. Some energy efficient tips include: installing ceiling fans to circulate warm and cool air; using energy efficient light bulbs, especially in the refrigerator and freezer; and plugging gaps around air conditioner units. In addition, the panelists provided information about grants available for larger scale improvements, such as installation of solar panels. However, the panelists stressed the importance of ensuring homes and businesses adopt all energy conservation measures before incorporating any type of alternative energy source.