In New York State, heating is by far the biggest energy expense. It costs the average family between $800 and $2000 per year depending on heating fuel and other factors. There are actions you can take to cut these costs. Here are some tips to reduce your energy use and bills.Read More
It was the search for savings that led John and Laurie Morse to solar. They looked into installing solar for their business, then on the roof of their home, but neither worked for them. They finally found a solution a year ago with a subscription solar program, which is providing solar power for their home—at a discount. Here’s their story.Read More
It’s that time of year again—the days are long and hot, and the sun’s rays hit everything. How can this help you get your green back? Solar! While it used to be that if you didn’t have a good spot on your property and enough money in the back account you were out of luck, but now even renters can go solar with several community solar options—including a subscription model that requires no up-front costs whatsoever. There is even a brand-new New York State program for low-income residents that provides a subscription to solar energy for free.
Read on to see which of the three ways to go solar may be right for you.Read More
Gail Neely has lived in Tompkins County most of her adult life, since she moved to Ithaca from North Carolina in 1989. She left the area briefly, but her love for Tompkins pulled her back. “I believe that home is where the heart resides -- where it endures and where it flourishes”, Gail said. “And for me that is right here in Tompkins County”. So a few years ago she settled down in her current home in Newfield. Although she was interested in going solar to contribute her own “little bit toward the collective goal of moving the world away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy”, she initially thought solar would be beyond her budget. But when she learned about the Go Solar Tompkins program through Get Your GreenBack’s newsletter she decided to give it a try. Gail is now powering her home with panels installed in August by local contractor Renovus Energy, and paying less a month on her loan than she was on her electrical bill.Read More
Don Barber and Rita Rosenberg knew that they needed to make a change to their heating system when a technician told them that their aging oil-fired boiler would likely need emergency maintenance soon. Don and Rita, firm believers in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades, were also looking to get off fossil fuels for their home heating needs. After attending a presentation on the benefits of pellet heat and energy efficiency sponsored by Get Your GreenBack and CCE-Tompkins, Don and Rita decided to install a wood pellet boiler that keeps their home more comfortable, requires little maintenance, and reduces the risk of their heating costs increasing dramatically when fossil fuel prices rise.
Through NYSERDA’s Renewable Heat NY program, they received a 45% discount on the pellet boiler and installation costs, making Don and Rita’s switch to a more comfortable, reliable, and carbon-neutral fuel economically feasible.Read More
Ehrhart Energy of Trumansburg is one of the local businesses serving customers looking to invest in renewable energy solutions like wood pellet stoves or wood pellet boilers. With the help of NYSERDA incentives through the Renewable Heat New York program, local residents have saved thousands of dollars on wood pellet heating systems purchased at Ehrhart and other local heating contractors.Read More
"Illuminating", "Instructive", "Helpful", & "Fun"
These are some of the words participants have used to describe the volunteer Energy Navigator program, whose second round of training begins in March 2017. Volunteer Energy Navigators learn to reduce their own energy use and save money, and help other community members do the same.Read More
Ronald Booker’s interest in energy efficiency and renewables is clear from his Ithaca home’s solar panels, passive solar room, and wood stove that satisfies nearly all of his home’s heating needs. After taking these personal steps to reduce his energy use, “Booker”, as he is known to his friends, realized that there was an opportunity to share his expertise by helping others navigate the sometimes complicated process of evaluating energy choices. Through Get Your Greenback Tompkins’ Energy Navigator program, Booker gained strategies and tools to help convey his passion and knowledge regarding energy conservation to others looking to take similar energy and money-saving steps.Read More
A few years ago, when Gretchen Rymarchyk made the switch from renting to owning her own home in Danby, she was shocked by the high costs of heating: $600 to $900 a month for her propane deliveries. This was nearly equal to what she used to pay for rent, and wasn’t sustainable since she now had her new mortgage every month.Read More