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January 26, 2009 / Brooklyn news / Politics / The Politicrasher

Press release of the week: Save energy by showering less

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The nation is in economic turmoil — and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny is on the case.

This week, the second-term Brighton Beach Democrat responded to our fiscal fears by reminding constituents to “make energy-efficient improvements in their homes.”

As a result, Brook-Krasny’s e-mail st atement, titled, “Assemblyme­mber Alec Brook-Krasny: Saving energy can save you money,” ran away with The Brooklyn Paper’s coveted “Press release of the week” award.

But before you mock the lawmaker and his press release, did you know that “the typical family spends over $1,600 a year on home utility bills — a large portion of which is wasted energy, such as from drafty windows or poor insulation”?

Did you know that you could cut energy costs by “keeping curtains open in the daylight and closed at night”?

Did you know that “taking shorter showers” can lead to water AND energy cost savings?

And did you know all 14 of Brook-Krasny’s energy-saving tips, including “checking for open fireplace dampers,” switching to fluourescent lightbulbs, adding insulation, and “turning down the thermostat”?

Lest you deride the Assemblyman’s efforts, his press release also offered the phone number of a federal energy-efficiency program (it’s (212)-480-7644) and the Web addresses of a state program to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient appliances and household improvements.

“I encourage Brooklyn residents to take advantage of the assistance and incentives available to ensure a safe, warm and cost-effective winter,” Brook-Krasny concluded.

That said, we can’t wait for his next seasonal offerings: “Spring: A good time to do some home cleaning,” “Summer: Get the kids outside and play,” and “Fall: Raking leaves is actually good exercise.”

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Updated 5:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

DUDE from WILLY says:
CRAZY
Jan. 27, 2009, 10:36 am
Bingo Bob Russell from Denver says:
whats even more "crazy" is the fact that there are folks out there who are crying about how tight money is yet they have no inclination or intuition on how easy it can be to save a couple bucks. It might be hilarious that this elected official sent out this press release but whats even more hilarious is that fact that the stupidity and ignorance of people led him to do so.
Jan. 27, 2009, 2:16 pm

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