Energize Warwick: The Basics
Energize New York is an extremely attractive New York State-supported program to encourage homeowners to weatherize and retrofit their homes, with important benefits in comfort, reduced energy consumption and lower utility bills.
Energize Warwick (EW) has all the features and benefits of the State-wide program and adds on some great incentives for Warwick-area non-profits.
The three-step process:
1. A professional energy assessment, (free for most homeowners) including valuable health and safety aspects as well;
2. An assessment report that lists the cost of each upgrade item and the projected payback period, which estimates how long before the upgrade pays for itself from energy savings.
3. On-Bill financing, a method that allows you to finance energy upgrades through a charge on your utility bill. Your monthly payments will be calculated not to exceed your expected savings, so your energy savings should cover most or all of your payment.
The key benefits to the homeowner:
- Warmer, more comfortable homes … cooler in summer
- Upgrades may qualify for total financing with not one dollar out-of-pocket
- Financing payments made ON-BILL out of dollars saved on monthly utility bill
- Being a leader and part of an important Town-wide energy conservation effort.
The payoff for Warwick-area non-profit organizations:
Every homeowner who joins the EW program – gets the free assessment and then does some of the work listed on the assessment report – will earn $200 donated directly to the non-profit of their choice. Non-profits are actively encouraged to talk up this beneficial program to their membership.
Additional features of the EW program
- Access to an “energy advisor/coach,” an expert in energy assessments and upgrades, who can answer your questions.
- Access to a “Customer Advocate”
- A “short-list” of approved Warwick-area contractors, including references.
Key Energize Warwick Contacts:
Bill Makofske (Energy Advisor:) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Makofske is Professor Emeritus of Physics (Ramapo College) who taught sustainability and energy courses for more than thirty years. He has also taught BPI (Building Performance Institute) courses which are required for state certification of energy contractors in NYSERDA programs. He owns an energy-efficient solar home he and his wife designed.
Michael D’Arcy, Outreach Coordinator
www.saveenergyhudsonvalley.org or 845-705-7883