Town of DeWitt joins CNY Energy Challenge

— The Town of DeWitt has become a participating community in the Central New York Energy Challenge. The Challenge was launched in 2011 by the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board in partnership with NYSERDA and features an innovative, team-based approach to helping homeowners throughout CNY to conserve energy, make energy upgrades, and implement renewable energy projects.

The approach, called “Energy Challenge Teams,” consists of five to eight households that work together following a workbook that consists of a five-unit, 12-week curriculum to learn about how to track energy usage and take energy saving actions within the home. Teams meet bi-weekly for about one hour, and each group is led by a facilitator.

The town of DeWitt is currently seeking motivated individuals to serve as Energy Challenge Team Facilitators.

“This program presents an opportunity for citizens in our community to learn about energy conservation measures, to save money and to take steps to lower their environmental impact in a way that builds community and sets an example for their neighbors,” said Mike Moracco, director of Sustainability for the town of DeWitt.

The Energy Challenge Team Facilitator’s role is to recruit team members, organize and conduct meetings following a facilitator guidebook, and to schedule a comprehensive home energy assessment. Facilitators must also participate in a preliminary training session where they will be introduced to the Facilitator Guidebook, Participant Workbook, and receive other materials and information to support their role. The actions covered can help homeowners to maintain the value of their homes, improve comfort, and lead to energy savings of up to 30 percent.

A facilitator training session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, at DeWitt Town Hall, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse. Jennifer Tabanico, president of Action Research, the consultant for the project, will be on-hand to conduct the training session. Facilitators can either live or work within the town of DeWitt and must own their own home. To become a challenge team facilitator, contact Samuel Gordon, Challenge Coordinator, at 422-8276 ext. 204 or visit cnyenergychallenge.org.

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