Property Grunt

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Weekend update

I am watching Channel 7's Eyewitness News special on the Winter 2006 and what caught my eye was The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The organization's mission is the following.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was established by 1975 law as a public benefit corporation. NYSERDA funds research into energy supply and efficiency, as well as energy-related environmental issues, important to the well-being of New Yorkers. NYSERDA has been cited by the U.S. Department of Energy as being among the best government research organizations in the North America, including others such as NASA.

Since late 1998, in cooperation with the NYS Public Service Commission, (PSC), NYSERDA has managed the New York Energy $martSM program. Funded by a System Benefits Charge (SBC) on electric transmission, this program offers energy efficiency, research and development, low-income and environmental disclosure funding and education to assist electric consumers as the regulated electricity market moves to more open competition. NYSERDA also finances, through the sale of bonds, environmental and energy improvements for the State’s energy infrastructure.

Those of you who are concerned about high heating bills will be relieved to know that NYSERDA helps train and certify contractors energy contractors. According to the Eyewitness news program they begin with an energy audit to see how energy deficient your home is and then a develop a comprehensive strategy to fix the problem.

They profiled a homeowner who got a whopping bill of $1000 bill for home heating alone and after replacing the door with a door with an R value of R4, getting a new set of double pane vinyl windows and insulating the attic and exterior of the house the owner is very likely to save at least 40% on his heating bill.

Catch Joyce's latest Hunt about a very attractive Indian dental student Ms. Sonnya Gade. What caught my attention was this quote.

Meanwhile, Ms. Williams kept looking. "Co-op boards require stability, so we were trying to get her a place before she went to school," she said. "Once she was a student, forget it."

Boards tend to get freaky about students because it means lack of income and party animal. Even if you are pursuing a PhD who will be too busy reading to have a social life you better come armed with a huge amoung of liquid assets, sterling recommendations and a building that is flexible on their financial requirements.

Joyce's work also noticed by Gothamist for the cat themed photographs.