Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Mar 30

Save on Energy Costs, Improve Home Value

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

If you own your home, you’re probably losing an average of $700 in energy annually. This loss affects your wallet, and in many cases, your comfort and health. For Webster and the state, it also affects our sustainability and dependence on foreign resources.

To give Webster homeowners the tools to become more energy efficient, the town is hosting Renew Webster on Tuesday, April 12 at Webster-Thomas High School from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Held in partnership with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority and Webster schools, this workshop will explore energy-saving upgrades that you can make to your home.

You might think that energy efficiency is complicated. It’s not. It’s simply doing more with the same or less energy. For example, you could save at least $84 annually just by replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). Because lighting represents 12% of a home’s energy use, if every household did this, it would be hugely significant.

To get you started, each Webster homeowner attending the event will receive 10 CFLs—a $109 value that’s being provided free through a federal grant.

We will also get you started on other upgrades by covering the state and federal programs that are available. For example, under Green Jobs – Green New York, most homeowners can receive a free whole-house energy assessment. Using this data, and a range of super low-cost loans, cash back incentives and other financing, you’ll be able create an improvement plan that is right for you.

I urge you to share our community’s commitment to becoming more energy efficient. In doing so, your home will be warmer in winter, cooler in summer. You’ll have fewer drafts, better ventilation, and less carbon monoxide emissions and asthma triggers. The energy savings you realize will also help pay for your investments and increase your home value.

To pre-register for the event and light bulbs, go to www.RenewWebster.org or call (585) 545-6145. To apply for the audit, bring your RG&E account number or past 12 months of energy use. You can get this by using your RG&E account number at the following link: https://ebiz1.rge.com/cusweb/frmLogIn.aspx?returnURL=https://ebiz1.rge.com/cusweb/AccountDetail.aspx

If you have any questions about your town government please contact me during regular business hours at (585)872-7068; or email me anytime at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us

Ronald W. Nesbitt
Webster Town Supervisor