Notes From Ellen


New Air Conditioners

    New Air Conditioners have been awarded to Apex I through an outside source, the Bernstein Foundation.  One new unit will be provided to each apartment in the building.  There is no out of pocket cost for the new unit or the installation of the unit in each apartment's bedroom.  The amount of use, which will affect each tenant's LIPA bill will be the responsibility of each tenant.  The superintendent will install the new units in each apartment.


Energy Saving Tips

 

Lighting and Small Appliances:

  •    Turn lights off when not in use.
  •    Use fluorescent bulbs with lower wattage.
  •    Use natural daylight when possible.
  •    Avoid using small appliances whenever possible. (use a spoon instead of a mixer)
  •   Always be sure to turn the TV off when no one is watching. Consider plugging your DVD and other video components into an advanced “smart” power strip so that when the TV is turned off, the other components will turn off too.

 

Refrigerators:

  •    Be sure seals around the refrigerator and freezer doors work properly.
  •    Freezers work most efficiently when full.
  •    Set the refrigerator and freezer at the most practical settings that will still preserve the food quality.
  •    Cool foods to room temperature before putting them in the refrigerator.
  •    Cool foods in the refrigerator before placing them in the freezer.

 

Air Conditioners:

  •    Setting the temperature a little higher of around 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit, will you save 6 to 8 percent of your cooling costs for each degree above 78, and most people will be comfortable.
  •    Turn off the air conditioning or set the thermostat up a few degrees when you leave home.
  •    When air conditioning is on, keep doors and windows closed. Turn off kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans when your air conditioning is operating.     
  •    Shade your home from direct sunlight.  Use shades, drapes, blinds, to block the hot sun from heating up your home.



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