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RUPCO Green Jobs-Green NY Newsletter

January 2015  


RUPCO GJGNY Team Launches

New Website
RUPCO's New GJGNY Website

RUPCO's new energy efficiency website launching this week lets individuals, families, renters, and landlords easily access the information, education, incentives and low cost financing they need to save  energy costs and live more comfortably in their home. 


As the Hudson Valley Region Constituency-Based Organization (CBO) for New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), RUPCO is constantly striving to better meet the needs of the communities we serve. The new website is the latest resource to engage and inform residents and homeowners, please give it a look. 


The website home page provides visitors four options or tabs: 

1) APPLY: access the NYSERDA Home Energy Assessment application to discover what energy efficiency upgrades are needed; 

2) LEARN: details the process in easy to follow steps; 

3) CONNECT: gives access to members of the GJGNY Team for direct, one-on-one support; 

4) NEXT: details the retrofit process after you have decided what recommendations you want to authorize.


There are numerous other resources available on the website ranging from more information about RUPCO and its partners to details about energy saving tips, Frequently Asked Questions, a Green News Calendar and a Green Library where you can download information about sustainability. Take a tour of the new website and please like us on Facebook. 


Energy Efficiency Can Be Cash Flow Positive

Did you know you can install energy saving measures with no initial investment by using NYSERDA's low interest loans and still save more money through energy savings than you would pay for a loan? Some homeowners are reluctant to complete an energy-saving project because of a concern they can't afford the loan payments. 


The good news is most participants are able to set their payments so the average monthly energy savings is greater than the loan payment amount. This enables homeowners to begin saving on utility costs immediately, be more comfortable in their home and help stem climate change. The savings are even higher for homeowners in the income-based Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STARŪ Program who have already saved up to 50% of their qualified energy upgrade costs. Give us a call to get the details. To contact us, give us a call at 845-331-2140 ext. 260 or email us at gjgny@rupco.org. 


Be the Toast of Your Friends: Host an Energy Efficiency Presentation for Your Group, Business or Organization


You can help decrease your community's carbon footprint; become an Energy Advocate and give us a call. The RUPCO Green Jobs - Green New York Team has provided presentations to groups of all sizes about how to get a free home energy assessment and take advantage of financial incentives and loans through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA's) residential energy efficiency programs. There's never been a better time to complete an energy efficiency upgrade. You will help your neighbors save hundreds to thousands of dollars through energy savings. Call us today to set up a presentation at (845) 331-2140 x260 or email us at gjgny@rupco.org.

Employment Opportunity

Energy Conservation Specialists, LLC (ECS) is a participating contractor in the Home Performance with ENERGY STARŪ. ECS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reference checks are conducted for all positions. No phone calls please. Visit our website for more details.


Administrative Field Assistant: Coordinate, implement and maintain various administrative tasks crtical to the success of field operation. The position requires flexibility, ability to work in a fast paced environment and attention to detail.


Assistant Field Technician: Works as part of a 2 to 3 person crew performing air sealing/insulation jobs on projects undertaken in homes and in light commercial facilities.

Weatherization Technician: Under the direct supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, Weatherization Technician's work as part of a 2-3 person crew performing air sealing and insulation jobs at homes and in light commercial facilities.



Five Easy Actions Steps To Cut Heating Bills


1.    Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees.

For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you'll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear warm clothing like a sweater and set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower during the day and evening, health permitting. Set the thermostat back to 55 degrees or off at night or when leaving home for an extended time. For heat-pumps with electric backup, only turn the thermostat down 2 degrees to avoid overuse of the electric backup.

2.    Replace or clean furnace filters as recommended.

Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Now is also the time for a furnace "tune-up." Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use, saving up to 5 percent of heating costs. 


3.    Reduce hot water temperature.

Set your water heater to the "normal" setting or 120-degrees Fahrenheit, unless the owner's manual for your dishwasher requires a higher setting. Savings are 7-11 percent of water heating costs. 


4.    Seal up the leaks.

Caulk leaks around windows and doors. Look for places where you have pipes, vents or electrical conduits that go through the wall, ceiling or floor. Check the bathroom, underneath the kitchen sink, pipes inside a closet, etc. If you find a gap at the point where the pipe or vents goes through the wall, seal it up with caulk or spray foam. 5.)  Consider replacing your old gas appliances with an ENERGY STARŪ water heater or furnace.


Source: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/