For Immediate Release
January 16, 2014
Contact: Joan Lawrence-Bauer
845-331-2140 x 263

Kingston, NY — 1/16/2014 — Homeowners are really feeling the pinch to their pocketbooks at the start of this brutally frigid winter. That is why investing in home energy efficiency makes more sense than ever. The Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission is proud to sponsor RUPCO’s free energy efficiency workshop at the Marbletown Community Center on Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The focus of the workshop will be how to save money by getting a free or low cost home energy assessment, and how to retrofit a home for energy efficiency through NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program. Over 90% of New Yorkers qualify for a free home energy assessment under the program.

This very timely, free workshop will include expert speakers from RUPCO and homeowners who have done energy audits and retrofitted their homes. NYSERDA’s certified energy efficiency contractors will also be available to answer any questions after the speaker presentations. RUPCO’s Michael Courtney, Outreach Coordinator for Green Jobs – Green New York Program, and Regional Energy Coach Mike D’Arcy will go through the program covering everything from what happens during an energy assessment and how to apply, to financing and completion of the recommendations on an energy assessment report. Income-based grants and incentives will also be discussed.

After the speaker presentations, participants can, if they choose, apply for a home energy assessment and browse tables to meet with a certified NYSERDA Home Performance Contractor to discuss a home energy assessment. Participants are encouraged to bring all energy utility account numbers and a two-year energy usage summary from all energy utilities to complete the application. Energy usage summaries are provided by utility companies upon request.

The Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission (ECC) was formed to help promote community awareness of environmental issues, and advises the Town in the development, management, and protection its natural resources. To learn more about the ECC, please visit

NYSERDA’s Green Jobs – Green NY Program is part of a statewide effort to strengthen homes, communities and lives through energy efficiency. Green Jobs – Green New York provides funding for energy assessments, low-cost financing for energy upgrades and technical and financial support to develop a clean energy workforce.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs.

For more information, contact Michael Courtney at RUPCO’s Green Jobs – Green New York Program at 845-331-2140 x260, or email: Readers who don’t want to wait for the event can get started now online at

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