In the last six years, homeowners – with the help of our Green Jobs | Green New York Program — have saved energy, LOTS of energy, and lived in a more comfortable-safer home. Together, we figure we’ve conserved the equivalent of driving 40,644,873 miles in an average car – just by working with you, Mid-Hudson Valley residents! Thank you for your eagerness to lower your utility costs, save energy, and make a positive impact on our planet.
Under contract to NYSERDA since 2011, RUPCO has promoted energy efficiency and sustainability through the Green Jobs Green NY program (GJGNY) in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region. Unfortunately, as of November 27, 2017, our NYSERDA contract and the GJGNY program ends. We’re honored to have worked with homeowners, financial providers and the most professional NYSERSDA Home Performance, Building Performance Institute certified contractors in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region! We also want to give credit and thanks to NYSERDA for allowing us to serve the region. We hope that the RUPCO GJGNY team provided you with the professional level of service you expected. Because of you, our program was by far the most successful Community-based Organization in the state.
In the Beginning
Our first NYSERDA team training took place over six years ago — November 30, 2011 — in Albany. It was very clear that we had a lot of work to do. With a robust outreach plan, we began connecting with you: potential partners, homeowners in need, and contractors willing to take on the task of weatherization and energy efficiency.
By February 2012, we officially launched RUPCO’s GJGNY Outreach Program. Over 170 people received that announcement, that we were ready to get down to energy-saving business. Our first presentation was, rightly so, before the RUPCO staff of 33. During these first months, we generated 325 referrals and held or attended 6 meetings and 8 public events.
Fast-forward to today and here’s a snapshot of how we’ve worked together since then:
- Referred over 7600 people into the program
- Facilitated over 2650 energy audits
- Orchestrated over 670 retrofits, referred 355 to the EmPower program
- Answered your questions at 1,343 public meetings, events, and presentations
- Offered concrete answers that inspired you to participate
- Provided access to solutions, grants and expertise to get you started with energy conservation and production
Translating our combined impact into Kilowatt hours (Kwh) and Metric Megaton BTU (MMbtu) reductions, we can honestly say we’ve helped local residents save A LOT of money and energy.
- Total Kilowatt Hours saved = 4,818,737 Kwh
- Carbon Dioxide Equivalent = 3,733 tons (as of 12/9/16)
- Total Therms of natural gas saved = 2,538,637
- Natural Gas Carbon Dioxide Equivalent = 14,837 tons (as of 12/9/16)
Together we’ve saved 40-million+ car-driving miles of energy collectively – impressive!
Helping Shape Future Programs
Homeowners were just one part of the solution. Our RUPCO GJGNY team collaborated with various NYSERDA working groups and advisory councils. Together, we helped shape, create and design the next iteration of energy-efficiency community outreach – CEEP, Community Energy Engagement Program. Although the GJGNY Team was not awarded the new contract, and we’ll be stepping out of the sustainability arena for now, we know the Mid-Hudson Region is in good energy-saving hands. Sustainability and energy-efficiency remain prominent features of RUPCO’s strategic plan and long-term vision. We are committed to helping homeowners and renters keep housing costs affordable, particularly when it comes to energy use.
As we close down our website and Facebook Page this week, we invite you to Stay Engaged with Energy-efficiency by taking one of four actions:
- “Like” our parent Facebook page RUPCO
- Sign up for our newsletter (arrives once a month)
- Visit our website rupco.org periodically
- Follow us on Twitter and Instagram
If you are a customer of NYSERDA or are interested in NYSERDA programs, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, or EmPower New York please contact NYSERDA directly at:
Matthew Houle firstname.lastname@example.org
518-862-1090 Ext: 3286 | 1-877-NYSMART | Fax: 518-862-1091
17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399
We’re honored to have been a part of your energy journey and hope you will remain committed to the groundwork we’ve laid down together.
The GJGNY Team – Michael, Mike, Hugo, Nick, and Guy