Ask Eco Ed: The Frigid Weather Makes Our House Cold

Dear Eco-Ed:

It sure got frigid here in a hurry. Some rooms in my home have gotten so cold, we try to avoid them altogether. Our home is older (circa 1928), so it’s tough to know where to begin. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.
– Uncomfortable in Ridgewood

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Blowing all of your leaves on the road? Eco Ed provides the solution

Dear Eco-Ed:

I’ve been blowing all of my leaves in the road, as have been all of my neighbors. Is there a better way to dispose of them? I’ve heard that the leaves can provide nutrients to my yard, but I don’t want to leave them in my yard. They make such a mess.

– Getting Rid of Leaves in Ridgewood

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Do I have to pay for the damages to sidewalks caused by trees? Are there guidelines?

Dear Eco Ed:

Village employees are telling me that the sidewalks on my street need to be repaired, at my expense, because the tree roots have shifted them over the years. I love the trees on our block, but why do I have to pay for it? Also, won’t this kill the roots, or make the trees more susceptible to falling in future storms? Does the Village have anyone who sets guidelines or provides information on trees in our neighborhoods?

– Love My Trees in Ridgewood

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Watch This Stunning Video on Eco Ed’s Sustainable Home

What does a sustainable home look like?

You may be caught off guard by the original wide-plank pine flooring; the exquisite black-and-white checkered cork flooring; and the beautiful vibrant gardens.

Eco Ed Invites You Into His Sustainable Historic Home

After watching this video, you will understand how beautiful and healthy a sustainable home can be.

 

Photos of ‘The Most Sustainable Home’ in New Jersey

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Ask Eco Ed: Icicles hanging on the roof. Is this caused by losing heat?

Dear Eco-Ed:

I have huge icicles that form on my gutters every year.  When they freeze up, it causes water to back up into my attic and walls, which is damaging my plaster walls and causing mold in my attic.  I have been told that this has to do with losing heat.  It doesn’t make sense to me, but I thought I’d check with you.

– Icing in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Goes Green and Saves Green

Ridgewood, NJ – “It’s a win-win situation,” the Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn said. “It really gives new meaning to a green initiative.”

Eco Ed was the main Sustainability Consultant for this win-win situation

Eco Ed was the main Sustainability Consultant for this win-win situation

Ridgewood’s wastewater treatment plant, the largest public consumer of electricity in the Village, officially welcomed a new look this week.

The facility now captures waste methane, and uses it on site, through a new Combined Heat & Power Generator, to offset most of that electricity. The new solar field also adds to the renewable energy produced on site, which is located on Village-owned property on Prospect Street in Glen Rock.

Public-Private Partnership

“This is the first setup where a municipality in New Jersey obtained their renewable energy through a public-private partnership,” said Donald Rodgers, NSU’s chief development officer.

Private companies Natural Systems Utilities, Middlesex Water Company and American Refining and Biochemical funded the capital cost of the project. Through a Power Purchase Agreement, the village in turn purchases the electricity at a below-market price, according to officials.

These savings will accrue well into 7 figures over the 20-year life of the contract.

“The challenge we faced,” said Eco Ed Schwartz, Sustainability Consultant, “was to coordinate this sustainability project with no budget. We were able to package this in a way that benefitted both the investors and the Village.”

The public-private partnership was praised by Village officials and representatives of the companies involved, who said the financing arrangement had no precedents in New Jersey, and few if any in the country.

A public-private partnership creates a sustainable future

A public-private partnership creates a sustainable future

Chris Rutishauser, the Village of Ridgewood Engineer adds that, “Instead of waste going into the air and increasing our carbon footprint, we’re getting another use out of it.”

Mayor Paul Aronsohn, speaking to a small crowd on hand for the event Friday, noted that by going green, the Village was saving green – cutting costs while reducing its environmental impact.

“It’s a win-win situation,” he said. “It really gives new meaning to a green initiative.”

The overall Sustainability Project also included installing solar panels at Ridgewood’s Village Hall, the EMS building, fire department headquarters and other Village-owned locations.

Saving Money and Keeping Your Home Warm this Winter

Find your feet cold, feeling drafts around your home, or think your heating bill is too high? You are not alone. The “Ridgewood Patch” recently published a popular yearly post by Eco Ed about solving these house-warming problems.

Prepare your home for the winter. Take simple steps to save money and be more comfortable.

Prepare your home for the winter. Take simple steps to save money and be more comfortable.


Read the full article “Saving Energy and Making Your Home More Comfortable for the Winter

This article will provide you with the…

  1. First steps to reduce your heating bill
  2. Financial benefits of having a home energy audit
  3. Typical problem areas of a house
  4. Typical areas that lack insulation in a house
  5. Low-cost, easy solutions

Get your home ready for the winter. Read the full article “Saving Energy and Making Your Home More Comfortable for the Winter

Ask Eco Ed: How can we adopt sustainable practices to kick off the school year?

Eco Ed responds to a mother’s question on how to become more sustainable to kick-off the school year. Learn how to keep your young students healthy, travel efficiently, what products to buy, and other back-to-school tips.

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Ask Eco Ed: Is there a way to make a pool eco-friendly?

Dear Eco-Ed:

These past few weeks have been so hot, we are discussing installing an in-ground pool in our yard. I know that a pool can be quite an energy hog. Is there a way to make a pool eco-friendly? We stopped going to the municipal pool years ago, as there were always goose droppings in and around the area.
– Hot as Heck in Ridgewood

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Eco Ed on Eco Vacations [podcast]

Green Divas Radio features Eco Ed as "The Green Dude." Click the image to learn more about living plastic free.

Green Divas Radio features Eco Ed as “The Green Dude.” Click the image to learn more about living plastic fre

The warm weather has arrived. Time to use those saved up vacation days to travel.

Traveling is an easy way to increase your carbon footprint (bad news). But there are guilt free ways to make your vacation an eco vacation.

  • Stay local – save money on flights and spend the money locally. Indulge in activities you wouldn´t normally do. Go kayaking, rent a romantic cabin nearby, or take the kids fishing.
  • Take public transportation – It is easy to hop on the train to visit a major city. This reduces the amount of CO2 released and lets you gaze at the American landscape that is often ignored.
  • Volunteer – take the family out to a local organization and help them out. You may find yourself picking blueberries, beautifying parts of your town, or if you want to cool down cleaning up your local river.

Hear what Eco Ed has to say about Eco Vacations.