April HeatSmart News
An energy-efficient home is an investment that you get to enjoy every day and one that pays dividends to both you and planet earth. Spring is a great time to get a home energy assessment and schedule insulation and air sealing work. If you've been considering heat pumps, why not get them now so you can enjoy the air conditioning all summer long? If you're scheduling any home improvements, use that opportunity to get off fossil fuels entirely with high-performance electric appliances such as an induction cooktop or heat pump dryer.
We're excited to be working with the towns of Caroline, Enfield, Dryden, Ithaca, Newfield, Ulysses, and Veteran on community campaigns for clean heating and cooling. These municipalities can earn a $5000 grant from NYSERDA if ten households get insulation and/or heat pumps (including heat pump water heaters) installed. If your town is not on the list, but you think it should be, let's talk! See link below to set up a meeting.
In April, we are hosting two webinars:
Missed a webinar? Or want to revisit our installer case studies and online presentations? Visit our video resources page.
We were recently featured in a Tompkins Weekly story:
Home Improvement: Save money and energy this spring
In the story, HeatSmart program director Lisa Marshall discusses home improvements and notes that during this past pandemic year “we actually found quite a bit of interest amongst the public in having a home energy assessment done because people were home, and they started to be really interested more than ever in their home comfort, their energy bills and their indoor air quality — all three things that were an unexpected side effect of the pandemic.”
How do I participate?
The best first step is to enroll in the HeatSmart Program, which takes only 3-4 minutes, and request one or more free assessments.
Note: To power your home with renewable energy, see the most recent Subscription Community Solar update and 100% Renewable Electricity update.
By Gerri Wiley, HeatSmart volunteer and Energy Navigator
There is another ESCO coming on the scene that I’m excited about, but cannot yet add to the chart because their customer service is not yet up to par. I’m hopeful for this to change!
For those of you who subscribe to a Community Solar project, when will you no longer receive a bill from your solar company and both solar credits and payment will be consolidated on your utility bill?
Response from NYSEG:
“Consolidated billing is an optional program that the utilities now offer to VDER CDG Projects. NYSEG has had good interest in the program with about 40% of eligible projects opting into consolidated billing. Customers enrolled with these projects should start seeing a single bill within the next few months as NYSEG is phasing projects into the consolidated billing program.”