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Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Improving Indoor Air Quality Can Improve Your Overall Health

Have you ever stopped to think about the quality of the air you’re breathing? While air quality is usually out of your control when you’re outdoors or in a place of business, you can most definitely do something about the air you breathe in your home.

There are many things that can contribute to poor air quality, especially in heavily insulated homes that can trap air inside. Following are just a few of the many causes:
• Inadequate fresh air supply and/or poor ventilation system maintenance. 
• Pollutants given off by building or furnishing materials. 
• Pollutants from standard household items such as cleaning products, appliances, pesticides, and off-gases from new materials.
• Microorganisms or other biological contaminants.
• Contaminants brought into the building from outside, such as exhausts from sanitary stacks, boiler stacks, natural gas vents or flues. 

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Free Health and Safety Evaluation Provides Peace of Mind for Homeowners

Is your house healthy? If you’re not 100 percent sure, there’s a cost-free way to find out.

A New York State program now offers a free home health and safety evaluation — the NYSERDA Free Energy Audit — for homeowners. All homes are eligible for this service every two years, free of charge. 

“A home should be declared safe before starting any major home improvement project such as adding insulation or installing new windows,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “If a home has an existing health or safety concern and you tighten up the building's shell, the existing problem will only be magnified by trapping it inside the home. This could create a hazardous or deadly environment.”

One potential safety concern is exposure to carbon monoxide gas, which can lead to CO poisoning or even death.

‘Quality of Life’ rehab program creates a comfortable, affordable living environment for homeowners

‘Quality of Life’ rehab program creates a comfortable, affordable living environment for homeowners

Creating a safe, healthy and comfortable living environment for homeowners is the goal of a unique “Quality of Life Through Construction” program offered by Prime Time Energy Services of Depew. Best of all, the program is set up to actually decrease the amount of financial burden that accompanies home-ownership and can provide a financial surplus at the end of the month.

“Our objective is to assist homeowners in the City of Buffalo and across Western New York with much-needed repairs to their homes, creating a safe, healthy and comfortable living environment in the process,” said Jim Stroehlein, co-owner of Prime Time Energy Services. “Working with community based agencies, we pursue financial assistance and grants on behalf of our clients to help them obtain a better lifestyle through affordable construction.” 

Take the Chill Out of Winter with Spray Foam Insulation 

Take the Chill Out of Winter with Spray Foam Insulation 

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. What if there was one resolution that would benefit you, the stability of your home and the environment all at the same time? Now that sounds like a resolution worth keeping!

If you want to pull off the triple crown of resolutions, you may want to look into the advantages of polyurethane spray foam insulation for your home.

How will spray foam insulation benefit you personally? That’s simple; it will put more money in your wallet! Homeowners who turn to a proven product such as Foamsulate to properly insulate their homes can expect long-term savings of 40 percent or more on their heating and cooling costs. 

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to Host Indoor Winter Market at Buffalo State

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to Host Indoor Winter Market at Buffalo State

 

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, in partnership with the Elmwood Village Association and SUNY Buffalo State, announced today that for the very first time, the popular market will continue during the winter months at an indoor location. The market, which typically concludes its seasonal run on the last Saturday of November, will now continue from Dec. 5, 2015, through April 30, 2016, in Buckham Hall on the Buffalo State campus, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Buckham Hall is located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street. Free parking will be available on campus during market hours.

 

WNY Civic Hackathon Powered By AT&T Set To Address Community Issues Through Technology

WNY Civic Hackathon Powered By AT&T Set To Address Community Issues Through Technology

AT&T, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, University at Buffalo, dig Buffalo, InfoTech WNY and Buffalo Open Data partner to host a civic hackathon challenging teams to create innovative software and/or hardware solutions that will serve the community

 WNY Civic Hackathon powered by AT&T, the first ever daylong hackathon dedicated to solving local civic issues in the region, will challenge teams to face off to deliver the best civic technological solution in a 13 hour period for the following local issues; Housing/Property Blight, Transportation, and Advocacy/Public Policy. Cash prizes totaling $3,500 will be awarded, with a grand prize of $2,000, followed by a second place prize of $1,000 and $500 for third place. 

West Seneca Farmers’ Market to Conclude Season with Customer Appreciation Day

West Seneca Farmers’ Market to Conclude Season with Customer Appreciation Day

 

Main Street Marketplace, West Seneca’s popular open-air farmers’ and food producers’ marketplace sponsored by the Western New York Federal Credit Union, will conclude its 2015 season with Customer Appreciation Day from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3.

The weekly market takes place on the grassy hill at the corner of Union Road and Main Street, next to West Seneca Town Hall. The outdoor venue features nearly 30 vendors selling a wide variety of products. In the event of unfavorable weather, the market moves into the parking lot in front of the West Seneca Ice Rink.