Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...strong winds and dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,08:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Go Greener: Energy Saving Tips for Summer

Nature & Weather, Home & Garden, Seasonal & Current Events

Some helpful energy saving tips so you can go easy on your wallet, and easy on the planet this summer.

The summertime is the peak time for people to start racking up those expensive energy bills. This is understandable with the scorching heat and sometimes unbearable humidity that comes along with the summer months. All that being said, there are still plenty of ways you can cut down on your energy usage and cut down on that big numbered bill also.

Simple things like remembering to turn the lights off when you leave the house, and make sure all of the windows and doors are closed when the A/C is on, will help you save on your energy consumption and energy bills. Why pay more if you don’t have to? Summer is a time for fun in the sun and relaxation and we don’t want you stressing over these summer energy bills any more than you have to. Here are some tips to master energy efficiency and go easy on your wallet, and easy on the planet, this summer.

  • If your air conditioner has a timer function, utilize it! You don’t need to be using energy and keeping the house freezing cold when you’re not in it. Set the timer to go on about a half an hour before you think you will be arriving back home. That way the house is still cool when you get home but you didn’t waste nearly as much energy or spend extra money.
  • Make sure all door seals and window seals are properly sealed. Cracks will let the cool air leak out, wasting your precious energy.
  • On cool nights opt for opening up the windows or using the fan setting on your air conditioner. Also, do not leave windows open when the air conditioner is on. You’re watching your money and energy literally float right out of the window.
  • This may seem pretty basic knowledge but the lower you set your thermometer the more costly your bill is going to be. For example, National Grid states that a house set to 75 degrees costs about 18% more than a house set to 78 degrees. And that’s only a 3 degree difference!
  • Plug your electronic sources into power strips. When electronics are plugged in, even if they are turned off, they still consume energy. Turn off the power strip when you are not using the electronics or when you’re out of the house.
  • When it comes to refrigeration make sure the coils near the back of your refrigerator, and the fan vent, are clean. The compressor works harder and uses more energy when the coils are dirty.
  • If your refrigerator has a power saver mode use that on humid days. It will keep the fridge from sweating so much. Remember to switch it back off when it’s not humid.
  • Older appliances to use more energy so if you’ve been mulling over the idea that it may be time to upgrade your appliances then maybe now is that time. With so many new, energy efficient products on the market you’ll see a big difference in your energy bills after the conversion.

What are some other energy saving tips you have to share?

[Source: NationalGrid, PSEG]

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