Homeowners, businesses to meet with energy efficiency professionals

Local homeowners and small business owners will meet with energy efficiency professionals in August to begin taking steps to reduce the hardships of soaring fuel costs in the coming winter heating season. The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development will host the 6 p.m., August 18 meeting. The evening will be sponsored by Mid-Hudson Energy $mart Communities, an outreach arm of the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, with its local partner, the Margaretville Energy $mart Partnership and the Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce.
The Margaretville partnership has been meeting for the last 18 months to reduce energy costs in the village and in neighboring communities. As a first step, five local businesses and organizations recently completed energy analyses of their buildings, performed by energy auditors under contract to the NYSERDA. The average amount of annual savings identified by the audits was $1,965, in heating, lighting, building envelope, building controls, and hot water.
Partnership coordinator Carolyn Konheim said, “The workshop will help residents and businesses learn about practical ways to reduce heating bills, and the financial assistance available from NYSERDA to do that.”
Speakers will include Cherisse Ketchum, with Anchin, Block & Anchin, a CPA firm under contract to NYSERDA to recruit banks to participate in the New York State Energy $martSM Loan Fund. Also on hand will be local contractors Todd Pascarella, Catskill Windmill, and Rick Lane, Lane Family Enterprises, who will describe the Home Performance with Energy Star® Program, a home energy assessment. Pat Courtney Strong will explain the loans and grants available to both businesses and home owners that have an energy assessment. To register, e-mail patricecourtney@gmail.com or call 845 331-2238.