Pittsford. Keeping It Green.
Key Actions you can take to help Keep Pittsford Green
Here are some key actions that you can take in order to make a positive difference for the environment. These actions require little or no lifestyle change, and they all have some type of positive impact for you as well as for the environment.
Make our homes and buildings more efficient and employ renewable energy when possible
- Have an energy audit performed on your home, and implement the recommendations that are feasible for you.
- Switch to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs).
- Install and use a programmable thermostat.
- Buy Energy Star when replacing appliances.
- Recycle all recyclable materials in the curbside recycling program
- Recycle your phone books - Click here for information
- Recycle all electronics in an electronic recycling program, such as the one the Town runs annually
- Donate all unwanted but usable items
- Use cloth shopping bags
- Find personal and creative ways to reduce and reuse
- Use less chemical lawn treatment
- Dispose of all hazardous waste at the Town hazardous waste collection event
Make our transportation more efficient
- Reduce driving
- Drive the most efficient car possible
Reduce the environmental impact of the food we eat and the water we drink
Having an energy audit performed on your home can be done for little or no cost. If you actually make some of the recommended improvements on your home, you can save money. The payback period for the improvements can be surprisingly short, and with the financial incentives currently available from the state and local governments, the payback periods are even shorter. Having an energy audit done is really a no-lose proposition. Your home may become more comfortable by eliminating drafts and helping to reduce hot or cold areas of your house. It can become healthier by eliminating the conditions that promote mold growth, and it can become more structurally sound by eliminating the conditions that cause ice dams or water damage.
Check out these web sites for information on financial incentives:
- A list of federal incentives is provided by the Tax Incentives Assistance Project. NYSERDA also maintains a web page of tax incentives.
- State incentives are administered by NYSERDA. For additional information, the federal DOE (Department of Energy) administers the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.
CFL light bulbs are an extremely easy, no-lose way to save energy and money. Although the bulbs are a bit more expensive than incandescent bulbs, the payback period from the energy saved can be as little as a few months.
At the end of their life, CFL bulbs should be recycled, both to recover the materials used to make them and to prevent the very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tube from leaking into the environment. They can be recycled at many local home improvement stores.
Check NYSERDA's website for more information about these bulbs and use their site to calculate the payback period from energy saved.
Programmable thermostats are yet another easy, no-lose way to save energy and money. They are easily programmed with a schedule so that your home is heated or cooled less when you are not home or when you do not need as much heating or cooling. If you are replacing an old manual-style thermostat, they are fairly easy to install yourself. Check out this web page from NYSERDA for more information on programmable thermostats and other information, such as how to select a model and how to install the thermostat. If you are replacing an old manual-style thermostat that contains a mercury switch, be sure to dispose of it properly (not in the regular trash). Check out the Monroe County hazardous waste collection web page for more information, and call 585-753-7600 to schedule an appointment.