Brighten up your spring with this DIY lampshade!

Spring cleaning is upon us! Once again, it’s that time of year to swap winter decor for some brighter trappings. We’ll supply the power so you can brighten up your home with this easy, DIY project from beachvintage.com and get made in the shade.

What you’ll need:

  • Lampshade
  • Ruler
  • Fabric and trim
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Iron
  • Adhesive spray
  • Scissors

How to get started:

  • Plug in the iron to let it heat up.
  • Spread the fabric out on a flat, clean and even surface.
  • Place the lamp shade on the fabric about 1 inch from the right-hand side. Trace along the top of it while rolling the shade along the fabric until you get to the opposite end of the fabric.
  • Repeat for the bottom of the shade. You should now have 2 lines running along the fabric.
  • Join the lines up with a ruler allowing a 2 centimeter seam at one end and cut out the pattern.

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  • Fold the 1″ seam and iron out the fabric to avoid any ripples upon application to the lampshade.
  • In a well-ventilated area, generously spray your shade with the spray adhesive. You will also need to spray the cut out fabric piece. Wait a few minutes for the glue to become tacky.
  • Starting again at the seam on the shade, carefully attach the fabric and press out any air bubbles as you go.
  • Trim off any excess fabric around the edges of the shade with sharp scissors. Allow glue to dry.
  • Using a hot glue gun, attach your trim to the edges of your shade, again beginning at the seam and ending by folding a small seam at the end of the braid and gluing down securely.

And you’re all set! See other ways to prep your home for the warmer months here.

Bringing big savings to small businesses through energy efficiency

Walk through any town on Long Island or the Rockaways and you’re almost guaranteed to find a staple spot unique to the area, whether it be a pizza place, deli, boutique or restaurant. These local businesses make up the fabric of the neighborhoods we call home–which is why we’re helping them save money and energy, so they can continue to succeed.

This week is National Small Business Week and to celebrate, we’re highlighting our energy efficiency programs and how they’re helping small businesses across our service territory save. The programs provide local companies with energy consultations to explain how they can cut back on consumption and costs. A consultation consists of a walk-through of an existing facility where all existing data is collected on power equipment. Our energy experts then recommend suggestions based on existing equipment and any potential energy efficiency upgrades.

Meet some local businesses that have benefited from our rebates and upgrades!

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The Madelaine Chocolate Company

The Rockaway Beach candy staple wanted to improve energy efficiency by lowering costs and bring more jobs back to the area. To do so, it installed 22 energy efficient heating and ventilation units and a cool roof, by replacing 190,000 square feet of asphalt with new materials. The family-owned chocolate manufacturer received more than $160,000 in rebates; saved $22,200 annually; and reduced its energy consumption by 185,000 kWh per year.

Arrow Linen Supply Company

The Garden City-based, commercial linen supplier upgraded to a fully automated air compression system and installed cool roof technology, which lowers the roof’s temperature by 50 degrees during peak temperatures. Through its enhancements, Arrow Linen Supply ultimately saved $85,400 on its annual bill; received a rebate of $25,286 through rebates; and will save 502,521 kilowatt hours (kWh) a year.

Atlas Switch

This electrical equipment manufacturer upgraded its commercial lighting and air
conditioning systems and received nearly $35,000 in rebates from our commercial efficiency program. The Garden City company also upgraded to about 200 LED fixtures that have reduced start-up time, while providing more light for less money, saving the company almost $14,000 a year. The upgrades also help the business to save a total of 67,869 kWh a year.

While you’re out and about in your town, keep an eye out for these testimonials on how we’re helping other mom and pop shops cut costs!

Employees bring positive energy to local communities during National Volunteer Week

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National Volunteer Week kicked off on April 23, and this week, our employees are going the extra mile to give back to the communities across Long Island and the Rockaways. Volunteering is an integral part of working at PSEG Long Island, and an important part of the company’s mission. We’re celebrating this country-wide effort with additional philanthropic events in the communities we proudly serve.

We’re participating in over 30 events throughout the week, and will wrap up with March of Dimes on April 30. Take a look at some of the highlights from this week, and see where we’ll be over the next few days.

April 24: Red Cross Fire Safety

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On Monday, our employees joined forces with the American Red Cross of Long Island to assist seniors with installing smoke detectors in their homes in Stony Brook. Volunteers also took time to install complimentary LED bulbs and discussed energy efficiency and money-saving tips with the community. More pictures here.

 

April 25: Island Harvest Food PantryIsland Harvest 4

Volunteers headed to Island Harvest in Hauppauge on Tuesday to help pack and distribute food to food pantries and soup kitchens. PSEG Long Island works closely with the non-profit on a regular basis to help ensure Long Islanders don’t go hungry. More pictures here.

 

April 26: The INN and Quogue Wild Life Refuge

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Our employees spent the morning at the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead to serve lunch to clients, while other employees went further east to clean up the wild life refuge in Quogue.

The Mary Brennan INN is the largest soup kitchen on Long Island and serves anywhere from 300-500 guests per day. More pictures here.

April 27: Estate Clean-Up, Long Island Children’s Museum

Despite cloudy weather, our volunteers headed image3outside to Brookwood Hall in East Islip to clean up the grounds for spring. The historic estate is now home to Islip’s town buildings.

Later, our resident safety instructor Pete Hornick taught students at the Long Island Children’s Museum about the importance of electric safety and how to make smart decisions around electricity. More pictures here.

April 28: Prom Dress Donations, Feeding Homeless Vets

Prom season is here, and our employees helped local students in need, thanks to Nassau Community College and the Long Island Volunteer Center. The organizations held their annual “Prom Boutique,” where girls are able to shop for a donated gown, shoes and jewelry, free of charge.

At night, employees headed to the Northport Veteran’s Association to prep meals and serve food to veterans in need.

April 29 & 30: Arbor Day Family Fest, Color-A-Thon April, March of Dimes

This weekend, volunteers will help out at the Arbor Day Family Fest in Oyster Bay, which offers families arts, crafts, live music, tree planting and more.

On Sunday, hundreds of PSEG Long Island volunteers and their friends and families will head to Jones Beach for the March of Dimes walk. The event supports the health of premature babies, infant mortality and birth defects. We’ve already raised over $41,000  and are the No. 1 fundraiser for the event!

See more pictures from this year’s volunteer efforts here.

Tell us why you volunteer!

In 2016, employees spent nearly 19,000 hours volunteering at 786 events. Why do you volunteer? Share your reasons and experiences in the comments section.

Celebrating diversity in small business

Diversity Fair 245Diversity among our employees–whether it be in race, gender, sexual orientation, or other varying attributes–is celebrated at PSEG Long Island. We’re proud to bring together a spectrum of people and perspectives that facilitate learning and growth from each other; all while better serving Long Island and the Rockaways.

That commitment doesn’t stop with just our staff. To encourage diversity among the small business community in our service territory, we hosted a supplier fair for New York State Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (MWBEs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOBs) at the Marriott in Uniondale.

The annual fair provides networking opportunities for businesses classified as MWBE or SDVOB to meet with PSEG Long Island and other prospective clients. Attendees also learn how to do business with PSEG Long Island; meet other businesses that currently work with us; and receive information on New York State’s supplier diversity program.

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Roughly 30 businesses and 400 participants attended this year’s fair, ranging from professional organizations, to prime vendors and MWBE vendors. Participants included the Nassau County African-American Chamber of Commerce; SUNY Farmingdale Small Business Development Center; Suffolk County Office of Veterans Affairs; Lockheed Martin; Asplundh; and Millhouse Engineering, among others.

Attendees also heard from staples in the Long Island small business community, including PSEG Long Island’s COO and President Dave Daly; Terry Moreland, supplier and diversity manager at PSEG Long Island; Hon. George Maragos, Nassau County’s comptroller; Kenneth Williams, executive director of the division of service-disabled veterans’ business development; Terrance Clark, president and CEO of New York and New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council; and Barbara Stevik, president of Gerard Packing & Belting Corp.

In 2016, more than 33 percent of our supplier spend–$28 million–was with minority- and women-owned companies. We’re incredibly proud of the relationships we’ve built with these businesses over the last three years, and look forward to continuing through 2017 and beyond.

It’s National Safe Digging Month – Call 811 first!

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As temperatures finally start to rise, April is shaping up to be the perfect time for prepping our homes and gardens for summertime. But we want to remind customers and contractors that April is also National Safe Digging Month and they should call 811 before the shovel hits the ground.

Calling 811 is free, and you’ll connect automatically to the New York One-Call center, which collects information about your digging project to ensure there’s no interference with underground pipelines, conduits, wires and cables. The one-call center then provides the information to the utility companies, who will send representatives to mark the locations of underground lines in the immediate vicinity of the planned work location with flags, paint or both. Once lines have been properly marked and you receive confirmation, you can begin your project. The process typically takes about two business days.

We have more than 5,000 circuit miles of underground electric distribution and transmission lines across Long Island and in the Rockaways. In addition to electric service lines, there are also buried communications cables and natural gas, water and sewer lines, among other utilities. Even areas across the service territory that are not served by a particular service may still have utility lines running below ground, so it’s important to be extra cautious when digging.

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Use these tips to help yourself, friends and family stay safe:

  • Call 811 at least two business days before each job to have underground facilities located.
  • If you hired a contractor, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Do not allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.
  • Large and small projects, such as installing a fence, building a deck and planting a tree, all warrant a call to 811.
  • Property owners must maintain and respect the marks. Always hand dig within two feet of marked lines or the area known as the Tolerance Zone.
  • Various colors are used when marking lines, learn what each color represents at www.call811.com.

If an underground facility is struck resulting in an electrical or gas emergency:

  • Leave the area immediately and keep others away.
  • Call 911 to report the incident and the respective utility:
  • If electrical equipment was damaged, call PSEG Long Island’s electric service line at 800-490-0075.
  • If you accidentally damage gas piping or smell gas when excavating, call 911 and National Grid Long Island’s gas emergency line at 800-490-0045 immediately from a safe area.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips on how to dig safely.

1,000 Free Tree Giveaway: Get Yours Today!

26797527795_e82e9102b2_kPSEG Long Island is giving away 1,000 free trees, thanks to the Arbor Day Foundation! For the second year in a row, we’ve joined forces to offer our customers another way to be energy efficient while welcoming spring and keeping neighborhoods green.

How it works:

Customers can claim their free tree by visiting www.arborday.org/pseglongisland, but supplies are limited. With just over 300 trees left as of April 5, we’re encouraging those interested to register as soon as possible. The online tool lets customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees strategically near their home or business. Of the five types of trees initially offered (Tulip Tree, American Linden, Eastern Redbud, Flowering Dogwood and Northern Red Oak), only Northern Red Oaks and American Lindens are available.

Once the tree is reserved, customers can pick up their trees from any of our four locations–Brentwood, Hicksville, Riverhead and Hewlett–on Earth Day, April 22.

Why it works:

In addition to being a tell-tale sign of spring, blooming trees offer significant efficiency benefits. The 1,000 trees to be given away are estimated to produce more than 1,531,357 kWh in energy savings within 20 years.

The online tool was also designed to provide information on more than just energy savings. After entering in their information, customers can also view estimated effects of existing nearby trees, including levels of clean air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.

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What to know when planting:

If you didn’t sign up for a free tree from us, but are still planning on planting this spring, be sure to check out our list of wire-friendly trees here before purchasing. Wire-friendly trees are typically flowering and less than 25 feet tall, therefore minimizing interference with power lines and the tree pruning zone.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog on National Safe Digging Month for tips on what to know before digging to plant.

Spring Into Savings With These Energy Efficiency Products

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Spring is officially here! But with traces of snow and chilly temperatures still in the forecast, warmer days seem far on the horizon. Think balmy thoughts and kick off the season right – check out these energy efficient products and programs to help you enjoy the warmer months with more money in your pocket.

Spring Cleaning

Handyman during fridge repairThough March can still be cold, doing some spring cleaning around the house is a good way to help it feel like spring inside. This is the perfect opportunity to finally do something about the old, inefficient refrigerator or freezer sitting around the house or garage. PSEG Long Island will come to a home or office and pick up an old, working refrigerator or freezer for free and recycle it responsibly. Along with the energy savings customers receive by recycling their inefficient appliance, those participating in the recycling program will also receive a $50 reward. An additional bonus $35 voucher will be given if an old, working room air conditioner or dehumidifier is recycled at the same time as the refrigerator pick up.

Daydreaming About a Dip

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer and the start of pool season for many Cheerful girl in swimming poolon Long Island and the Rockaways. But before cannon-balling into the water, customers should ensure their pool is in tip-top shape. Need to replace a pool pump? We’re here to help. PSEG Long island offers rebates of up to $350 on new ENERGY STAR® certified pool pumps. A new ENERGY STAR certified model will use up to 70 percent less energy than a standard unit.

Backyard Fun

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Summer on Long Island and the Rockaways is all about post-beach barbecues with friends and family. But make sure there is good lighting to make sure the festivities really shine. LED lights use 75 percent less energy and will last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, helping to keep the party going even when the sun goes down. PSEG Long Island offers discounts on LED lighting throughout the year at participating retailers or through its Online Energy Efficiency Products Catalog.

Cooling Off

Though too much heat sounds far-fetched now, come July, it will be refreshing to step intoFamily in living room an air-conditioned room after being out in the summer sun all day. If a customer’s room air conditioner or even central air conditioning system barely made it through last summer, now is a good time to look into a newer and more efficient system. PSEG Long Island offers a rebate of up to $50 on a new ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner. An energy efficient model uses approximately 15 percent less energy than conventional models. The utility also offers rebates of up to $600 on a central air conditioning system through its Cool Homes program. Rebates are available for ducted central air conditioners, ducted air source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, and ductless mini split systems.

For more information on energy saving tips and PSEG Long Island’s energy efficiency programs, please visit https://www.psegliny.com/savemoney .

Make the Most of Daylight Saving Time

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We say it every year – fall back, spring ahead. Setting the clocks forward or behind is always a tell-tale sign of seasons changing. But the bi-annual tradition is more than just that. As we gear up for this weekend’s time change, here’s a look at how Daylight Saving Time came to be, and how the policy can help you save energy this spring.

Benjamin Franklin is credited with coming up with the concept of Daylight Saving Time in 1784 to conserve candles, but it wasn’t until the end of Word War 1 that it was nationally adopted. The policy was put in place to mimic that of Europe, which created the law to reduce the use of fuel for generating electricity.

However, after a mass rejection, Daylight Saving Time was repealed in 1919 and posed as an option for majority of the country. It was reinstated briefly during the second World War (called “War Time”) to continue conservation efforts, yet it wasn’t until 1974 that Daylight Saving Time became the official policy we know today. According to a 1975 Department of Transportation study, Daylight Saving Time trimmed the entire country’s electricity usage by about 1 percent compared to standard time.

Years later, in a 2008 Department of Energy report, Daylight Saving Time proved to be still effective. The study, which looked at 67 utilities across the country, found that by extending Daylight Saving Time by just four weeks, saved about a half of a percent of the nation’s electricity per day, or 1.3 trillion watt-hours in total. That’s the equivalent of power for 100,000 households a year. This study also took into account commercial use in addition to residential use.

What Daylight Saving Time Means For You

With warmer weather, though, comes the need for more electricity consumption via air conditioners, fans, pool pumps and more. Here’s a few easy ways to take full advantage of Daylight Saving Time to save energy and enjoy an extra hour of sunshine.

Spend more time outside. As the weather gets warmer and there’s more daylight, capitalize on nature. Plus, spending less time in front of a TV or your electronic devices will help save energy.

Barbecue! Even if the temperatures aren’t summertime balmy, an extra hour of light makes it even easier to start up the grill and save money by reducing the use of your oven or stove-top.

Open the shades. More daylight means less of a need for lamps or overhead light. Open up blinds and shades to let in sun and reduce the time spent using electricity.

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Employees Go Above and Beyond to Light Up Long Island

30094007170_fcd5e41916_oNational Employee Appreciation Day is Friday, March 3, and in its honor, we’re recognizing our outstanding employees who work hard in and out of the office. From volunteering at soup kitchens, the Ronald McDonald House and other local non-profits, to teaching students across Long Island the Rockaways about electric safety and its importance, our dedicated staff is committed to improving communities within our service territory.

These are just some of the hundreds of PSEG Long Island workers that are lighting up your neighborhood.

Pete Hornick

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Pete Hornick works for PSEG Long Island’s Community Partnership Program department, but his commitment to bettering the neighborhoods within our service territory extends far beyond his job. In just one short year with the company, Hornick has attended over 100 community events, primarily through the company’s educational safety program, Safety Town. Hornick visits local elementary schools as well as fire houses to teach students about the importance of electric safety.

Hornick also sits on the board of Moonjumpers, a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of children and war vets. He and colleague Ray Homburger work closely with the Northport Veteran’s Association to prepare food, support events around holidays and more.

Additionally, Hornick is working with the Boy Scouts of Suffolk County and National Grid to restore the Scouts’ 100-year-old camp, slated to start in May.

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Todd Leighley is an emergency services specialist for the company, but spends his free time teaching martial arts. After being approached by other employees interested in volunteering at Suburban House, a shelter for families in crisis, homelessness or transition. Leighley helped develop a karate class for kids to help them develop discipline and a healthy lifestyle. John Dotzler, a customer relations specialist, also supports the children through homework help and games, and participating in the karate class. While the volunteer effort has only been in effect a few months, the group of employee participants is growing rapidly. Volunteers have also met with John Hersey at Mentor New York, which offers professional mentoring classes for adults to help children, to improve communication and bring employees’ mentoring skills to the next level.

Katie Puglise

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Katie Puglise is a utility marketing representative and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1049 union. However, Puglise is much more than an employee. She dedicates her time to volunteering with Island Harvest, a local non-profit that works to end hunger on Long Island, over the the past few years. More specifically, Puglise helps pack the cars and trucks with boxes of food to be distributed to needy families and food pantries; and works the weekly food pantries through Panera. She’s also volunteered with Island Harvest to stuff backpacks with school supplies to distribute through the Family Service League.

Additionally, Puglise works closely with Long Island Cares, another local charity that distributes food to those in need; and St Anne’s Soup Kitchen in Brentwood. Through both organizations, Puglise sorts and prepares food to be distributed to children and families in need.

Interested in learning more about how other PSEG Long Island employees are helping improve Nassau, Suffolk and the Rockaways? Visit our website, here. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out what we’re doing in your neighborhood.

Honoring our industry’s leaders this President’s Day

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The United States was founded by some of history’s most dedicated and forward-thinking individuals, committed to improvement for the greater good. PSEG Long Island is proud to embody much of the same dedication and employ individuals who work hard for the public, both in and out of the office.

In their spare time, our president and vice presidents support some of the island’s largest and influential non-profits through volunteer work and advisory. Meet three members of our senior leadership team devoted to the betterment of Nassau, Suffolk and the Rockaways.

Dave Daly, President & COO

united-way-152Dave Daly’s dedication to serving PSEG Long Island’s service territory doesn’t stop with PSEG Long Island. He is board member for the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University, an organization focused around energy research, education and technology with a focus on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications. Daly also works with the Long Island Association (LIA) as a board member to advocate for clean, healthy and safe working environments, as well as promoting fair business practices on Long Island.

Additionally, Daly serves as a board member for the American Red Cross of Long Island as well as the United Way of Long Island. In 2016, PSEG Long Island partnered with the United Way to form Be Ready LI, an emergency preparedness site to provide Long Islanders and customers in the Rockaway with a one-stop-shop with emergency-related resources.

Vaughn L. McKoy, Vice President of Legal

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Vaughn L. McKoy has been PSEG Long Island’s legal vice president since July 2014, but his commitment to improving the lives of others dates back far before his time with the company. The former college athlete made his way out of public housing through his love and dedication to sports, and later realized his passion for public service thanks to an unlikely mentor– casino magnate, civic leader and philanthropist Arthur M. Goldberg.

Inspired by Goldberg, McKoy has committed much of his time to becoming a mentor to others. The former New Jersey and federal prosecutor serves on the boards of numerous regional organizations, including Rutgers University, UNCF, The Boys and Girls Clubs of New Jersey, and the Mentorship Partnership of New York. He is also the author of “Playing Up: One man’s rise from public housing to public service through mentorship,” and offers coaching to help others achieve their professional and personal goals.

Dan Eichhorn, P.E., Vice President of Customer Experience

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Dan Eichhorn’s top priority at PSEG Long Island is creating a positive experience for our customers – from new technology to improving customer service, he and his team are driven by improvement. Eichhorn also takes this philosophy and experience to bring positivity and progress to Long Island beyond business.

As a board member of Island Harvest, Eichhorn works with the non-profit to end hunger and reduce food waste across the island. The organization collects food donations to be distributed to shelters and food pantries. PSEG Long Island partnered with the organization in fall of 2016 to raise awareness for its fight against hunger through a series of events at local malls.

Additional Community Outreach

While these president and vice presidents’ efforts are impressive, they aren’t alone. PSEG Long Island has 23 employees who sit on executive boards for local charities, and hundreds of others who volunteer their time to improve Long Island and the Rockaways. To see all of the organizations we’re involved with, visit here. For additional bios on our senior leadership team, visit here.