Indian Lake residents take lead on saving money on heating bills

— Indian Lakers are leading the charge among North Country communities in reducing their home heating expenses.

Fifteen local households have taken advantage of free or reduced-cost Home Energy Assessments (also called energy audits), offered by the New York Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The assessment is a top-to-bottom look of a home by accredited energy conservation specialists. Following the assessment, the homeowner receives a report that identifies cost-effective opportunities to boost energy efficiency, such as insulation, air sealing and heating system upgrades. The assessment is part of NYSERDA's Home Performance with Energy Star Program and also includes cash incentives and affordable finance options for making upgrades. In most cases, homeowners use the savings on their electric and fuel bills to pay for the energy efficiency improvements-without increasing their heating budget or receiving an extra bill.

To help spread the word about available NYSERDA energy conservation programs, the Indian Lake Main Street Revitalization Subcommittee hosted Energy Information Meetings in August and September.

“With our long and cold winters, people are really feeling the squeeze of ever increasing heating costs, especially those who are dependent on oil to heat their homes,” said Brenda Valentine, chairperson of the subcommittee.

Sally Stanton, who serves on the Indian Lake Town Council, said, “During our home assessment we learned that there are significant heat losses in our attic. As a result, our assessment report recommended that we insulate and air seal our attic and rim joists with spray foam. After insulating the attic, we expect to save more than $600 on our annual heating expenses.”

To schedule a Home Energy Assessment, contact Jennifer Monroe at 956-2818 or adkenergy@gmail.com.

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