Weekly Feature



2011-02-23 / Business

Program to focus on household energy savings

The Town of Tonawanda Commission for Conservation of the Environment will kick off its 2011 Town Environmental Speaker Series with the topic “Energy-Smart Household Solutions.”

The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

Residents can learn about a variety of programs and services available to help weatherize their homes, as well as upgrade their appliances to reduce the amount and cost of electricity.

Gary Carrel, Western New York Energy Smart Communities coordinator for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, will discuss rebates and other financial incentives offered by the state to help fund household energy assessments, as well as install insulation, undertake other weatherization improvements and purchase more efficient Energy Star household appliances.

Carrel will be joined by Brian Patterson, vice president of New Buffalo Impact, a not-for-profit company in Tonawanda, established to assist homeowners in evaluating and implementing energy-savings measures within their homes.

Patterson will provide details on what takes place during a comprehensive home energy audit. Participants will see a demonstration of some of the high-tech diagnostic equipment used to identify where a home is losing energy.

“This is a great opportunity for our residents to learn how they can actually get money back from the state by practicing energy conservation and making changes that will only continue to save them money into the future,” said Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana.

The event is the first of four presentations planned as part of the speaker series. The programs are free and will be videotaped for future viewing through the town’s website.

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