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How much annual electric or oil-based energy could we cut in the Adirondacks by 2013 by adding renewables and reducing waste?:

Leaders Getting Started

Saving Energy to Save Money:  Energy expenses cost Adirondack towns and villages hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Exporting money to buy energy reduces our economic vitality. If that money could be invested locally we'd create good local jobs, and build a long-term economic future where we won't export the money we work so hard to import into the region. This section of ADKCAP is here to give you straight answers on ways to cut costs in the Adirondacks.

We will post information here about how towns and villages can access resources to cut energy costs. Towns and villages that would like to be considered for pilot project support should contact us here.
See below for information about municipal activity in the Adirondack Park including an overview of two villages - Lake Placid and Tupper Lake- that saved money and energy with efficiency and conservation efforts.
Also included are the first two municipalities to conduct energy inventories in the Adirondack Park - Long Lake and the Village of Tupper Lake. Inventories are an important first step that allow a municipality to benchmark energy use and target cost effective energy use reduction strategies. Free software is available that allows a municipality to complete this process independently.

Click here for more information including the two case studies, inventories, and helpful tips.

Energy Audit

An energy audit will address where energy is consumed and how much energy is consumed in an existing building, facility or structure. Energy audits identify economically justified, cost saving opportunities that result in significantly lowered natural gas, electrical, steam, water and sewer costs.

Is your business eligible for a NYSERDA energy audit?

This program will provide energy audits to small businesses and other facilities to help them make informed electrical energy decisions and implement energy-efficiency strategies. Audits help identify economically viable improvements that yield substantial annual energy savings.  Industrial and commercial facilities, state and local governments, not-for-profit and private institutions, colleges and universities, K-12 schools, and non-residential facilities will be considered. Facilities must have less than $75,000 in annual electric bills to be eligible. Online Registration

What's the Cost?
Audit costs vary, depending on the customer’s annual electrical bills: 

Annual Electric BIlls                                  Energy Audit Fee
Less than $25,000                                               $100
$25,000 - $75,000                                                $400

Want to get started on your own?

Clean Air-Cool Planet has a downloadable carbon calculator to help with your Carbon Audit.  More information can be found here.  (Download the guidelines here.)