'Energize Pound Ridge' Blows Into Town

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POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – “Energize Pound Ridge,” whose goal is to help you find comfort while saving energy – and therefore money – is coming to Pound Ridge. The program was explained by John Maddocks, Chairman of the Pound Ridge Sustainability Task Force, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Pound Ridge Business Association.

Energize Pound Ridge is an initiative of the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC), a group of 14 municipalities who joined together to qualify for stimulus funding from the Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE program initially designated pro rata funds for municipalities of over 35,000. By forming a coalition, Northern Westchester towns were able to qualify. The first town to inaugurate the energize program was Bedford.

“It was quite successful in Berdford and we’re following their lead,” said Maddocks. “The way that air moves in a house and how it’s lost is quite a science,” he continued. “The air that you heat and cool is easily lost through leakage in various parts of the house and part of this program is to assess a home’s energy efficiency, figure out how improvements can be made and help homeowners implement those improvements.”

Maddocks added that energy-saving steps can also cut down on carbon dioxide emission, which some believe causes global warming and climate change.

“What are some of the recommendations?” asked an audience member. “It’s usually not windows,” replied Maddocks. “It’s often insulation. Adding insulation, sealing leakage and improving furnace efficiency are the three major suggestions. Furnace improvements are the most expensive and sealing is the least expensive – and one of the most effective ways to stop drafts and air leakage. Some people report a savings of as much as 20 percent,” he added. “It really does make a difference.”

There is no charge for a comprehensive assessment, said Maddocks, and the cost of improvements is usually less than $10,000. Low interest loans are available.

Look for the ENERGIZE Pound Ridge sign posted at various places around town. For more information go to the website or call (914) 302-7300.

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