Inspired by attending house auctions with her mother and reading about Pippy Longstockings, a “thing-finder,” Barb Bassette was introduced to the world of secondhand shopping at an early age.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
Although Kris Townsend grew up eating relatively healthily, she bemoans the lack of vegetables in her early diet. Now with her purchase of a CSA share, Kris regularly receives an assortment of fresh, local produce for less than she would pay in a grocery store. Kris says she wishes she’d been brought up eating the amount of vegetables she now receives in her CSA. “I just wish I had known more about the importance of greens in your diet,” she says.Read More
Even though the ground will soon be frozen solid in Tompkins County, area farmers are still offering a way to enjoy local produce, lower prices and show your support for local farmers through Winter CSA shares.Read More
Energy costs during the winter season can be a large burden for many households in Tompkins County. Though the area experienced an unusually warm winter last year, a recent report by the federal government indicates that individuals heating with natural gas or oil could experience heating cost increases of up to 20 percent this winter. Residential energy use accounts for around one fifth of our County's total energy use, indicating that any reduction in this area can have meaningful impacts on our area's carbon emissions. Recognizing this, there are ways to free your home and wallet from fossil fuel price volatility, dramatically reduce your energy use, and cut your carbon emissions, all while benefiting our local economy.
The first step towards a more energy-efficient household is a home energy assessment performed by a qualified local energy contractor.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