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Protect Yourself From Rising Utility Rates with Solar Energy

Protect Yourself From Rising Utility Rates with Solar Energy

When’s the last time you took a long look at your electric bill? Between rising service fees and delivery fees, you’ll quickly discover one cold, hard fact: To the electric company, you’re a “rate payer,” not a valued customer.

“Like any other corporation, utility companies are bound by their investors to do everything they can to maximize profits,” said Alicia Uebelhoer, co-owner of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. “They are more than happy with the fact that you don’t understand what you’re paying for. And they are even happier that you don’t realize the truth.”

The truth is, that in many cases, customers of the electric utility companies are paying more for the delivery of their electricity than they are for the electricity itself. 

Winter Solar Installation Makes Sense … and Saves Dollars

Winter Solar Installation Makes Sense … and Saves Dollars

Western New York may be known for its long, cold winters, but that shouldn’t keep you from considering the installation of solar panels to provide energy for your home. In fact, winter is the perfect time to be thinking about both solar and savings for a multitude of reasons!

While major home improvement projects outside the home are typically held off until the arrival of the warmer months, that should not be the case with solar because you want your system functioning at full capacity as soon as possible. Homeowners who install in the winter can still take advantage of sunny days, and will experience the added benefit of having their system working at full capacity when the sunnier months arrive, proving a head start on energy savings.

Free Seminar to Focus on Preparing Your Home for Winter’s Blast

Free Seminar to Focus on Preparing Your Home for Winter’s Blast

Is your home ready for the cold winter ahead? That’s the topic of a free informational seminar to be offered by employees of Prime Time Energy Services at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. The event will take place at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave., Buffalo.

Guests will learn how to properly prepare their home for the cold winter months to come, and free weatherization kits will be given to the first 30 attendees. Information on home construction grants for improvement projects that will allow homeowners to save money on their monthly utility bills will also be available. Light snacks will be provided.

Is Your Home Ready for the Long Winter Months Ahead?

Is Your Home Ready for the Long Winter Months Ahead?

Like it or not, the long, cold winter months are right around the corner. Is your house ready to take on the elements?

“The overall energy efficiency of the home is crucial, especially when entering the winter season,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services, 67 Sheldon Ave., Depew. “The sooner any needed work is completed, the sooner the homeowner will begin realizing both the financial and comfort benefits. For example, a home insulated with cellulose or spray foam and properly sized heating equipment has been proven to save an estimated 20 to 30 percent off utility bills.”

Annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 17

Annual South Buffalo Alive Garden Tour Set for July 17

South Buffalo Alive’s 16th annual Garden Tour, showcasing approximately 50 beautiful properties throughout South Buffalo and the Old First Ward neighborhood, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17. 

The Garden Tour includes a wide variety of homes and businesses showcasing amazing gardens, landscaping and other outdoor features. There are several first-time stops on this year’s self-guided tour, according to South Buffalo Alive’s Marge Ryan. 

Tours begin at Tim Russert’s Children’s Garden located at 2002 South Park Ave., between Choate and Whitfield avenues and next to the Dudley Library. Participants are encouraged to make this their first stop, where they will receive a tour brochure and information to make the tour very simple to follow. 

Two Popular Programs Return to Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 2

Two Popular Programs Return to Elmwood Village Farmers Market on July 2

The popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, featuring nearly 40 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local produce and products, continues on Saturday, July 2. Hours at the open-air market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, through November. 

Two very popular programs — “Double Up Food Bucks” and “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” — return to the market this Saturday!

A Home’s Style Can Contribute to it’s Overall Energy Efficiency ... or Inefficiency

A Home’s Style Can Contribute to it’s Overall Energy Efficiency ... or Inefficiency

Colonial, split level, ranch, cape. These are just some of the popular housing styles you’ll find around Western New York. But do you know which one of these styles is typically least energy efficient?

If you guessed the Cape Cod style, you’re correct! And if you’re currently living in a Cape Cod, don’t lose hope as there are many ways to improve your home’s efficiencies.