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Unclear If De Blasio Taking Own Advice on Home Energy Efficiency

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By    |   Thursday, 21 September 2017 02:40 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing a new law that would require owners of medium and large buildings to be more energy efficient, but his own homes may not be, The New York Times reports.

When asked if the two small buildings, both under the 25,000 square feet that his proposed legislation focuses on, that he owns in Park Slope, Brooklyn meet the same standards he's putting forward, de Blasio avoided giving a direct answer, saying he didn't know.

"I cannot tell a lie about being an expert about whether our two very small buildings meet these standards," he told reporters last week. "But I can say, as we have been improving the buildings we've been putting energy efficiency elements into them. So, I'd be happy to come back with a clearer answer."

Although de Blasio's office has yet to release additional information, records from the Department of Buildings show that the mayor installed a new boiler and hot water heater in one building, but "neither appliance appeared to have Energy Star certification — a federal program that indicates appliances that use less energy," which implies that de Blasio opted for a cheaper, less energy-efficient choice.

Information on the appliances in the other building he owns, where his family lived before his election, is not included in the Buildings Department database, meaning they are likely older and possibly less energy-efficient.

The Times notes that "a brief inspection of the exterior of Mr. de Blasio's buildings suggested that he has not taken many basic measures. The windows on his former residence appeared old and not well sealed. Some window air-conditioning units on both buildings were enclosed by plastic accordion panels that easily let in heat and cold. There was a half-inch gap under the front door of the two-story rental building, with nothing in place to prevent drafts."

De Blasio's press secretary, Eric F. Phillips, insisted to the paper that comparing the mayor's buildings and those that would be targeted by the new regulations "is like comparing the emissions and environmental responsibilities of a semi-truck and a bicycle."

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing a new law that would require owners of medium and large buildings to be more energy efficient, but his own homes may not be, The New York Times reports.
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