Is the weather outside frightful? HeatSmart can make it delightful! If you have already enjoyed participating in HeatSmart, please be our ambassador and tell your friends and acquaintances. If not, then act before the enrollment deadline of December 15th to claim a free assessment of the benefits of heating and cooling smart in your home. This is a gift to the whole family!
There are some fantastic incentives available to upgrade your home’s comfort and economy, but act now! Some of them expire in 2019. To learn how you can benefit, enroll now for a free assessment of your home’s ability to keep you extra comfortable while saving money heating in the winter and staying cool in the summer. With no commitments or fees, you will get a thorough look at the heating status of your home and what improvements might make the most sense for you.
Insulation and air-sealing can often be the place to start. Let a professional trained in building science tell you what they see. How much heat and money is being lost for no good reason? How can many comfort issues related to uneven temperatures be easily solved? Did we mention that this assessment is free?
In some good news we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Sustainable Tompkins and their Finger Lakes Climate Fund to provide new incentives for lower-income residents. The low-income opportunities do not expire on December 15th, but there is a limited funding to support them so act now! See our website for climate fund details.
Want to know more? We have lots of great resources for you on the site:
Or contact the HeatSmart Team directly:
HeatSmart Program Director
Cell: (607) 351-1752
HeatSmart Lansing Outreach Coordinator
Cell: (850) 291-5259
By Gerri Wiley, Energy Navigator and HeatSmart Volunteer
Note: To power your home with renewable energy, see the most recent Subscription Community Solar update and 100% Renewable Electricity update.
Happy December, Green Beings!
Visit our Community Solar and 100% Renewable Electricity ESCO pages for the latest updates.
This month, let’s review why you, your family and friends, may wish to sign up for either or both options:
Why would you want to subscribe to a Community Solar Project?
1 - You’ll save money!
2 - You’ll green the grid.
3 - You’ll support local jobs.
What’s not to like here?!
For those who’ve purchased solar panels on your property or on a solar farm, that’s fantastic! Unfortunately, you can’t also subscribe to a community solar project as you electrify your home and car. However…do not fret! Consider a 100% renewable electricity ESCO to supplement your needs.
Why would you want to subscribe to a 100% Renewable Electricity ESCO?
1 - NYSEG’s default electricity purchase on our behalf consists of less than 19% renewables. The most recent NYGATS (New York Generation Attribution Tracking System) report, published November 22, 2019: 41% methane gas, 35% nuclear, 15% hydro, 4% coal, 3% wind, <1% solar, 1% other.
2 - During the shorter days of winter, your solar panels on your property or at a community solar project may not cover your entire electricity usage. Or perhaps you purchased solar panels before your electrified your heating system or purchased an electric vehicle and have insufficient space for additional solar panels to cover the increased electric usage. ESCO to the rescue!
3 - If you subscribe to a community solar project, your discount is off both NYSEG’s supply AND DELIVERY cost! If your electricity ESCO is included on your NYSEG bill, your community solar discount is applied to your ESCO.
4 - Yes, it personally feels good to go green, but NYSEG’s electricity sources have been essentially the same since 2006 LINK and unless we, the people, green the electricity grid, it’s not going to happen. Let’s do it!
Electricity ESCOs must meet the following criteria to appear on the chart:
-100% renewably-sourced electricity
-Produced in New York State, as documented by the most recent NYGATS report
-No substantive negative practices by the company
-12 month fixed rate or variable rate
-Fixed price (or 12 month average price for companies with variable rates) is less than one cent/kWh higher than NYSEG’s default 12 month average variable rate for its ‘traditional mix’
In summary, since I have my two front teeth, all I want for Christmas is for you to sign up for a 100% renewable electricity ESCO AND (if you have not purchased solar panels), subscribe to a Community Solar project. As Greta Thunberg would say, “Don’t listen to me…Listen to the science!”