Energy efficiency is the cheapest, easiest and fastest way to address climate change while also creating good local jobs, reducing other harmful pollution, and increasing the resiliency of our electric grid. It is a critical piece of New York’s clean energy, climate friendly future.
Big news: On April 20th, 2018, Governor Cuomo announced a new energy-savings plan for New York. Utilities must now scale up annual electric savings over 3 percent by 2025, which means that over 3 percent of the state’s electric demand will be delivered from savings instead of more power. This single change will deliver roughly one-third of New York’s economy wide goal for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030. For more information, check out this blog post from NRDC experts.
In the meantime, New Yorkers for Clean Power is working on many other fronts to improve energy efficiency by
- Encouraging all New Yorkers to sign up for a home energy audit that will evaluate where their homes or businesses are losing energy and what can be done to make them more efficient. Home energy audits are FREE (or relatively low cost with help from state incentive programs) for most New York State residents. Sign up for a home energy audit here
- Educating New Yorkers about simple steps at home to limit energy usage (such as sealing air leaks, installing insulation and adjusting the thermostat)
- Working with a coalition of over 50 organizations that sent a letter to Governor Cuomo expressing support for clean-energy jobs and fighting climate change by adopting a nation-leading energy efficiency plan that is as ambitious and equitable as possible.
Here we are with allies delivering over 8000 petitions to Governor Cuomo urging a strong energy efficiency target on April 10th, 2018.