HeatSmart CNY is Significantly Reducing Local Carbon Emissions!

Image of an attic with spray foam insulation with the text "$5000+ grants" and "now is the time to improve your home - extra eligibility for energy efficiency ends on 12/31/20

Where did 2020 go?

The end of the year will be here sooner than we know- which means we have limited time to share and take advantage of a few key opportunities. 

  1. Check if you, your family, and your friends are eligible for NYSERDA’s expanded Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star program. This is a matching grant of up to $4000 for energy efficiency improvements for your home, including insulation and  heat pumps in many circumstances. Through Dec. 31, 2020 there is an extra $1000 and expanded eligibility for households earning up to 120% of the area median income.  Applications received prior to this date will lock in their eligibility - projects may be installed in 2021. So apply now and tell all your friends to apply! When you receive confirmation of your eligibility, please let me know. Eligibility for this program unlocks some additional funding as well, depending on the project. 

  2. The federal geothermal tax credit drops from 26% to 22% on January 1. If you have a project in the works, you want to have it installed and operational by December 31.  

  3.  And if you haven’t joined yet, there is still time to enroll in the HeatSmart CNY campaign to explore your options for heat pumps, insulation and air sealing improvements via a no-cost, no obligation assessment from one of our installers. 


Offset your carbon footprint and help a neighbor out!

Please help us raise funds to pay for a new heat pump for George and Katherine in Madison County -- seniors living on a very tiny budget. The propane furnace in their mobile home is broken and winter is coming.  We just need to raise $300 more from HeatSmart CNY friends to install a high efficiency air-source heat pump that can warm them in winter and cool them in summer at a fraction of the cost.

You can help by offsetting your carbon emissions from summer travel (if you went anywhere at all this year) or your home at FingerLakesClimateFund.org.  Please be sure to join the Central New York team at the end to ensure your offset goes towards our team effort of helping low-income homes in CNY afford to switch to heat pumps!

Upcoming HeatSmart CNY Virtual Events

December 8 @ 7 PM:  Virtual Tour of 200-Year-Old Farmhouse with a 21st Century Heating Upgrade!

After heating for 40 years with wood, Karen invested in a life-changing upgrade to her home and commitment to a sustainable future with improved insulation, a geothermal heat pump, and a solar array. She can now use the entirety of the home in the winter (no more sealing off sections of the house!) and her energy bills have dropped to just $20/month. The HeatSmart CNY team, Karen, and geothermal installer Halco will gather virtually for a show & tell of this amazing transformation! Register here


HeatSmart CNY’s Climate Impact 

Six homes in CNY that have solar and heat pumps

In the past two years, the households participating in HeatSmart CNY have cut local greenhouse gas emissions by 360 tons of CO2eq annually and 7,642 tons of CO2eq over lifetime of these systems. 

On average, each home we upgrade with heat pumps cuts more emissions each year than taking a gas engine car off the road!

What’s your next move for reducing your climate impact?

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