Links to external sites of interest:

Trade Associations, Government sites and programs

BPI - Building Performance Institute - Organization that sets the standards for the industry of Home Performance Contractors. Kinetik Energy Solutions, Inc. is a BPI Accredited Contractor.

NYSERDA - New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - A NYS public benefit corporation focused on energy-efficiency programs, research and development initiatives, low-income energy programs, and environmental disclosure activities. Part of this funding went into the creation of New York Energy SmartSM.

Get Energy Smart - NYSERDA’s site devoted to energy efficiency programs and information. You can find out more about the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program.

Long Island Green Homes - The Town of Babylon’s program to help residents pay for energy efficient upgrades to their house. It’s an excellent program for Long Island residents in that area. If you live in the Town of Babylon ask us about how to get involved. We work with an independent firm doing home assessments for the township.

Energy Savers - a site created by the US Department of Energy about saving energy.
Energy Savers page on Energy Audits.
Energy Savers page on Furnaces and Boilers.


Trade Allies

New York Energy Conservation Co., Inc. - New York Energy Conservation is a family owned business that specializes in solving comfort and energy related issues in existing buildings and creating energy efficient new buildings.

Green Jobs Training Center - BPI training and proctoring.

DiFrancesco Construction - Kinetik Energy Solutions and DiFrancesco Construction work together on construction projects. DCI has a wealth of experience in the residential construction industry as well as being BPI certified.

Bonded Building and Engineering - An independent energy audit company with great integrity and a wealth of knowledge. Long Island based.

Econo-Therm Insulation Co. - One of the top insulation companies on Long Island with decades of experience in all types of insulation.


Building Science

Building Science Corp. - Gurus in the field of building science. They do consulting, seminars and have written highly regarded books. An excellent resource.

Best of Building Science - good information and videos.

Insulation Fact Sheet - good resource on different type of insulation and air-sealing. From The Building Envelopes Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

DOE insulation recommendation by ZIP code. The ZIP-Code Insulation Program will tell you the most economic insulation level for your new or existing house.


Health

American Lung Association - Resources on air quality issues.

EPA Ground and Drinking Water - EPA web site regarding drinking water including standards, local water quality, public systems, etc.

Water Quality Association - not-for-profit international trade association representing the residential, commercial, industrial, and small community water treatment industry. WQA maintains a close dialogue with other organizations representing different aspects of the water industry in order to best serve consumers, government officials, and industry members.
WQA is a resource and information source, a voice for the industry, an educator for professionals, a laboratory for product testing, and a communicator to the public.

Water Filter Comparisons - A decent place to start if you’re interested in getting a water filter. I can’t vouch for impartiality as it seems like a commercial ad site. That said, it’s can serve as a place to start to get to know some of the commercial brands available and issues regarding drinking bottled or tap water.


Heating Appliances

Home Energy article on DHWs (Domestic Hot Water heaters). Good source of information.


Climate Change

Second Warmest July and Warmest Year-to-Date Global Temperature on Record. NOAA statistics as of July 2010.

United Staes Global Change Research Program. The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Their 2009 report on Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. (Very dense, in-depth and interesting.)

IPCC : Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.


Tips:

Shortcuts: For the Dishwasher's Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent: Using too much detergent is bad for the environment, bad for your pocket book and bad for cleaning your clothes or dishes. Read this New York Times article.

The 3,000-Mile Oil Change Is Pretty Much History: No need to change your oil so frequently. NY Times article.


Cost of War:

Web counter that displays cost of Iraq and Afghanistan wars: http://costofwar.com/