Friday, 31 May 2013 22:31

Oswego County promotes energy efficiency to save residents money

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     Oswego County government is leading the way with numerous projects to help lower its utility bills and save taxpayers dollars.

     Over the last four years, county government has undertaken dozens of energy conservation and efficiency measures, such as installing solar panels on the roof of the Public Health Center and retro-fitting light fixtures in county facilities.

     "These projects have saved taxpayers thousands of dollars, and serve as an example of how we can protect our environment, save money, and become energy independent," said David Turner, director of the Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "The county is hoping these projects inspire Oswego residents to start making changes on their own through programs like the Green Jobs Green NY program."

     The Green Jobs Green NY program is administered locally through the Public Policy and Education Fund (PPEF), a local non-profit organization working to educate Central New York residents about incentives available for energy efficiency. PPEF can offer advice and support to make sure residents get the most out of incentives incentives available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
     "Nearly every Oswego County resident is eligible for a free energy assessment, letting them know where they are losing energy and money, and what they can do to fix it," said outreach associate David Alicea.
     The Green Jobs Green NY team will host a walk-in day to answer questions and enroll residents in the program Saturday, June 8, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Oswego Public Library. Residents are advised to bring a copy of their latest utility bill.

     In addition to the free assessment, residents may be eligible for a 50 percent grant and a low-interest loan to finance home efficiency work.

     "The county Green Team has implemented several energy conservation projects as part of our ongoing efforts to minimize the cost of county government," Turner said. "These improvements are now saving the taxpayers around $6,000 every month and have helped to avoid the production of nearly 600 tons of greenhouse gases. We hope that others in the county will follow our example and take the opportunity to investigate the various options that are available to use energy more efficiently in their homes and businesses."

     PPEF is a statewide non-profit with a local chapter based in Syracuse. Under contract with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, PPEF is responsible for raising awareness about The Green Jobs Green NY and assisting homeowners through the process. PPEF is currently working in Central New York, including Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties. For more information about PPEF and the Green Jobs Green New York program, contact Alicea at 315-435-2480.

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