Workshops Help Homeowners Save Money, Energy

COOPERSTOWN – Bald spots on a snowy roof and icicles may be a sign of wasted heat. Don't throw your money out the window! 


Energy Wise Otsego is presenting a talk on how home owners and rental property owners can reduce their energy bills on Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m. at the Cooperstown Village Library. Energy Wise Otsego representatives will explain how to take advantage of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) incentives, including free or low-cost home energy assessments, government subsidies, and low-interest loans.


Participants will also learn why a Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited contractor is necessary to perform an energy assessment and how the contractor can assist in creating a plan for home improvement measures not only to save energy but also to make homes safer and more comfortable.


“Energy Wise Otsego can help people make their homes cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, healthier and help to save money on utility bills,” said Martha Clarvoe, Otsego County Conservation Association special projects manager and EWO committee member. “My home energy audit discovered a health hazard, as our hot water heater was improperly vented, and improvements made my house less drafty.”


The Energy Wise Otsego presentation on February 9 is sponsored by Friends of the Village Library, and is free and open to the public. Energy Wise Otsego is an ad hoc group, the mission of which is to promote energy conservation in Otsego County through public outreach and education.


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To help people afford energy-saving improvements to their homes, NYSERDA offers financing that eliminates up-front costs for most homeowners. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for qualified homeowners, and the On-Bill Repayment loan allows people to repay their low-interest loan as a line item on their utility bill.


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