By Lindsay Andarakis
Larry Cantwell, the East Hampton Town Supervisor and David Daly, the President and Chief Operating Officer of PSEG Long Island hosted the first “Energy Awareness Day,” to emphasize the town’s energy goals on Tuesday.
The event was held at East Hampton Town Hall and showcased “Proof is Possible,” a nationwide tour run by Grace and Corbett Lunsford. The couple is crossing the nation in their high-performance tiny house on wheels called the Tiny Lab. The purpose of the tour is to teach consumers and builders to properly utilize scientific testing to ensure that any home performance energy efficiency work meets quality standards.
There were several tables set up at the event including The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, local property services company Telemark, PSEG Long Island and Green Audit USA.
“Long Island Green Homes is a not-for-profit cooperation between community organizations and towns to promote the incentives that are available for Long Island residents from the state and from utilities to get energy audits to improve their homes. The idea is to promote these good programs that exist that a lot of people don’t know about, and get people doing audits, improving their homes, saving energy, reducing their greenhouse gas foot print and making their homes more comfortable and safer as well,” said Andrew Manitt, the research coordinator with the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College.
Armed with this knowledge, homeowners can potentially save thousands of dollars on their energy bills annually. Customers can get a free energy audit where they determine the weak spots in energy efficiency.
“It’s really a win-win all around for folks that can upgrade the efficiency of their home and also many times provides a more comfortable and quieter environment, so in addition to being an energy efficient home which is good for your electric bill, it’s oftentimes more comfortable, because you can reduce drafts by sealing up the home,” Michael Voltz, the Director of Energy Efficiency at PSEG Long Island, said.