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Looking for something interesting and creative to do; mark your calendars for September 25th. We’ll be at Pierson’s Park in Tarrytown for this family-friendly event! Maybe we’ll see you there!

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Let’s talk about climate change! The Green Plays Project is an outdoor theatre event featuring 5 one act plays and a post-show community discussion with the aim to inspire our community to take healthy steps towards a more sustainable future. This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Westchester.

September 25th, 2021 4pm (pre-show kids class at 3pm) [rain date is Sunday 9/26]
Pierson Park, Tarrytown
Pay-what-you-wish
Reservations are required.
Visit: https://www.riversedgetheatre.com/onstage

Energy Savings and Climate Action at Home Wednesday, September 22 7:00pm-8:00pm, Q&A 8:00pm-8:30pm

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Discover customized clean heating and cooling solutions for your home, understand how energy efficiency can save you money and energy, plus, learn about financial incentives and rebates offered by NYSERDA and Con Ed. Join us in person at the Warner Library or on the online webinar on Wednesday, September 22 to meet the contractors and hear from your neighbors!

RSVP to the webinar at SustainableWestchester.org/Webinar or call (914) 242-4725 ext. 122

Energy Ideas to Button Up Your Home September 29, 2021 7:00-8:00pm

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Wondering how to make your home even cozier? A well-insulated home can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Attend our upcoming webinar, enroll online, or get in touch. Sustainable Westchester can connect you to vetted installers who will help to improve your home’s comfort and climate impact.

RSVP to the webinar at SustainableWestchester.org/Webinar or call (914) 242-4725 ext. 122

Westchester Neighbors Get EnergySmart by Electrifying with heat pumps!

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Westchester Neighbors Get EnergySmart by Electrifying with heat pumps!

Lily Carey, EnergySmart HOMES Associate

Though Westchester has long been a very environmentally-minded community, many homeowners are still unsure of how to make their home more eco-friendly. Fortunately, clean heating and cooling options are becoming more widespread and affordable. Thanks to new incentives from power companies and the government, homeowners can upgrade their homes to air-source or geothermal heating systems at a discounted price, all while reducing their carbon footprint.

Hundreds of homes across Westchester have chosen to go green over the past several years, and there has never been a better time to do so. Pelham residents Mike Beilstein and Amy Kwan feel lucky to have upgraded the heating and cooling systems in their historic home just before the pandemic hit.

“We’ve worked from home for the last 15 months, and we upgraded to our system at a really lucky time, because I don’t know if I would’ve been able to survive without it,” says Mike.

When they first moved in, Mike and Amy’s home used an oil heating system and had no insulation. When they heard about ConEd’s new incentives for geothermal energy, Mike and Amy scheduled a home energy assessment, in which local contractors would come to run tests on their home to see how they could benefit from energy upgrades.

The family was surprised to discover that ConEd’s incentives could help them pay for a new geothermal heating and cooling system, entirely powered by clean energy. Over the next few months, local contractors helped Mike and Amy replace their wasteful oil heating unit with a new geothermal system, which uses underground piping to heat and cool the house.

The results? Mike and Amy’s home is not only more comfortable than ever, but their heating bills have gone down significantly. “If we had to do it all over again, we would definitely make the same decision,” says Amy.

For those seeking a different option, air-source heat pumps are another clean option to heat and cool the home. Tom Constabile of New Rochelle recently replaced his home heating system with several ductless air-source heat pumps that attach onto the side of the house and provide climate control for individual rooms. These air-source heat pumps can be a great option for homes without existing ductwork.

“With mini splits, you’re controlling the climate in each room… it allows you to both get comfort, but also be thoughtful about your expenses and the environment,” says Tom
Padma Sridhar, a Briarcliff resident who also recently installed an air-source heat pump, has noticed how convenient it is to control the heat pump with a remote.

“The remote has a mode button which allows you to switch from heating to cooling…it’s very simple, and the best part is that it’s environmentally friendly.”

These are just a few families out of hundreds in Westchester who have installed new heating and cooling systems in their homes or have upgraded their insulation. These eco-friendly systems use far less energy to heat and cool the home. Homeowners can save thousands on their heating bills – not to mention that these clean energy options can reduce your home’s carbon emissions.

Going green is easier and more affordable than ever, and every home can make a difference. Switching over to air-source or geothermal heating systems is not only more efficient and cost-effective in the long term, but also contributes greatly in reducing destructive greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, carbon emission rates have skyrocketed to almost 410 parts per million in the last 2 years; a rate that is 100 times faster than any natural increases we’ve seen in the past. But by having our communities join together, we are taking great steps in reducing our carbon emissions and creating a better world for generations to come. Interested parties can contact Sustainable Westchester (email/phone) to get started.