Earth Day Money Saving Tips!

What better way to celebrate our precious EARTH than conserving water.  If protecting our earth’s natural resource wasn’t enough enticement, there’s always the savings you get on your personal water bill!


  • Monitor your water bill for unusually high usage.  Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  • Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets.  Fixing a leak can save you 300 gallons a month or more!
  • Check your toilet tank for leaks.  Put some dark or bright food coloring in your toilet tank.  If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak between your tank and bowl.  Getting this fixed can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Get that leaky faucet fixed.  It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week; not to mention, you will save $$$.
  • Know where your master water shut-off valve is located.  This can save water and prevent costly damage to your home.
  • Don’t use your toilet as an ashtray or trash can.  Flushing garbage wastes 5 – 7 gallons of water per flush.  Not to mention, it’s not good for your pipes and can cause costly clogs.
  • Upgrade toilets, shower heads and faucets with water efficient models.  You can save more than $90 per year in reduced water bills with water saving fixtures.
  • Water only when necessary.  More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.

Ronald McDonald House of Houston Heart Tank

Join President Andrea Crisafulli Russo and business leaders from the Capital District as we support the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. This fun event benefits the recent expansion of the Ronald McDonald House as it serves families in need right here in the Capital District. The impressive panel of business leaders supporting this event includes:

Michael J. Castellana, SEFCU  President & CEO
Dr. John Bennett, Chairman of CDPHP
Andrea Crisafulli Russo, Presisdent of
Matt Baumgartner, Entrepreneur and owner of several restaurants
Tyler Desmond, General Manager of the Desmond Hotel
Yono Purnomo, Entrepreneur and owner of several restaurants

For more information, click here! Supports Go Red For Women Day 2015

Did you know 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. employees wore red in honor of National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 to help save women’s lives.

In support of the American Heart Association, 24 of our employees each made a donation in addition to wearing red. Employee donations were was matched by, for a total of $200.

Donations support medical research, awareness, education and community programs to help women live longer, heart-healthy lives and we invite you to learn more by visiting: