In New York State, heating is by far the biggest energy expense. It costs the average family between $800 and $2000 per year depending on heating fuel and other factors. There are actions you can take to cut these costs. Here are some tips to reduce your energy use and bills.Read More
Anne Rhodes from the CCE-Tompkins Energy Team shares tips on how to heat smart and stay warm and cozy this winter, and why we should all care!Read More
“Clothing can tell a story and that is something we often forget in the whirlwind of consumerism,” says Meghan Hayden, Executive Director of Cornell Thrift, when asked about the unexpected things that she learned through reuse, “There are so many ways to reuse used goods.”
What first comes to mind when you think of reuse stores? I know I think of cute clothes found at thrift stores and cool trinkets in the antique section. But there are actually so much more to reuse stores than a sustainable place to buy interesting items. Here are five things that you might not know about reuse stores in Tompkins County.Read More
Can an all-electric vehicle work in Tompkins County? How long can you travel? Are they that much better for the environment? Aren’t they expensive? Can they save you money? If you’re thinking of going all-out on an all-electric vehicle, read on to learn the answers to these questions and more.Read More
Switching from a conventional car to all-electric vehicles wasn’t easy for either Ithaca resident Alison Klafehn, or Brooktondale resident Veronique Domaratsky. They each had concerns that gave them pause in their purchase. Do they regret the decision? Here we share their stories.Read More
It was the search for savings that led John and Laurie Morse to solar. They looked into installing solar for their business, then on the roof of their home, but neither worked for them. They finally found a solution a year ago with a subscription solar program, which is providing solar power for their home—at a discount. Here’s their story.Read More
It’s that time of year again—the days are long and hot, and the sun’s rays hit everything. How can this help you get your green back? Solar! While it used to be that if you didn’t have a good spot on your property and enough money in the back account you were out of luck, but now even renters can go solar with several community solar options—including a subscription model that requires no up-front costs whatsoever. There is even a brand-new New York State program for low-income residents that provides a subscription to solar energy for free.
Read on to see which of the three ways to go solar may be right for you.Read More
Here at Get Your Green Back Tompkins, we are all about steps. Here are four steps to grow a fruitful garden. Since the summer is upon us, there are some plants that won’t have enough time to grow before harvesting in the fall, but there are still many other options available. Read on to see how easy it can be to grow your green thumb!Read More
Magnolia Ariza-Nieto and Pat Frazier, two gardeners at the Cayuga Meadows Senior Apartments’ Community garden, are just in their first season of growing food, but they have already found a number of benefits. Pat says that when gardening, “the stress goes away”, and “food tastes better if it comes from the garden”.
Magnolia adds: “[Gardening] keeps you excited about coming outside”.Read More
Ithaca’s new bike share program has launched, meaning that there are now over 200 bikes available to the public for rent. Bike Walk Tompkins and the City of Ithaca worked with LimeBike, a for-profit tech mobility company, to bring the dockless bike system to town.
But how does this work? What are the rules of dockless bikes?Read More
Kim Falstick, 64, hasn’t had a car since 2005. Everyday, she takes the TCAT to get where she needs to go.Read More
Surveys show that more than half of Tompkins County residents compost. Composting, which is the managed decomposition of organic matter, is very easy, and there are a number of ways to do it—both at home, even in apartments—and by taking food scraps to drop-off spots around the county.Read More
Patt Dutt, Sharon Kaplan, and Guillermo Metz all have one thing in common. They are three of the many Tompkins County residents who compost—saving money, minimizing waste, and adding important nutrients to their gardens and plants.
After graduating from Ithaca College as a journalism major, Kara Cusolito worked on a number of farms, including in Australia and Cape Cod. Now, she owns and operates Plowbreak Farm in Hector, New York, which she and her partner, Aaron Munzer, began in 2011. They rely on a community supported agriculture (CSA) model, which strengthens the relationship between the farmer and the consumer.Read More
Over the course of last summer, Fran, 75, and Don, 89, who are both retired, took advantage of a number of free energy-related programs which have greatly contributed to their home’s comfort, as well as to its safety and lower energy bills.Read More
If you’re interested in saving money on energy bills and doing something good for the environment, energy efficiency is the place to start. Here are four things that you might not have known to help you keep the heat in, the cold out, and the bills low.Read More
Lester Sowell, a manager at Maguire--the largest car dealer in the Ithaca area--had every possible car choice available to him. Lester cares about car design--and is a dapper fellow himself--and had his eye on a sports car as he got closer to retirement age. So, this summer, when he drove home a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, his family was surprised.Read More
Dream about dumping the pump one day and going all-electric? Wondering if you could save money by upgrading to a more fuel-efficient vehicle? Here are four things that are useful to know when considering a switch to a hybrid or all-electric vehicle.Read More