BeEmpowered Before the Snow Flies

October 08, 2019

Contact: Eileen Hanrahan, 607-366-0833,


BeEmpowered Before the Snow Flies!

Clean energy workshops to be held across the region this fall


This fall, Southern Tier residents will have the opportunity to ‘BeEmpowered’ to make informed decisions about their home’s energy usage at four workshops in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, and Chemung Counties. Participants will learn useful energy saving tips and hear about opportunities to reduce their utility bills and make their homes safer and more comfortable while contributing to a healthier environment.


Participants will learn about current New York State and  Federal Incentives for home energy assessments, solar energy options, and air and ground source heat pumps. Questions about energy services companies (ESCOs) – providers of electricity distributed by NYSEG –  will also be addressed.


Refreshments will be available, and a raffle for a door prize will take place.



Clean energy workshops addressing a range of affordable energy efficiency options for your home.



Eileen Hanrahan, Community Energy Advisor, Cornell Co-Op Extension

Gerri Wiley, Energy Navigator; HeatSmart Southern Tier

Hailley Delisle, Assistant Director of Clean Energy Programs, HeatSmart Southern Tier

Lisa Marshall, Program Coordinator; HeatSmart Tompkins

Wendy Barnum, Sales Manager, ETM Solar Works

Jackie Burke, Community Outreach Coordinator, Delaware River Solar



Broome County

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St. Binghamton, NY 13901


Tioga County

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Hubbard Auditorium 2nd floor, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main St, Owego, NY 13827


Chemung County

Monday, November 4, 2019 (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Big Flats Community Center, 476 Maple St, Big Flats, NY 14814


Chenango County

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Guernsey Memorial Library, 3 Court St, Norwich, NY 13815


October is National Energy Action Month, a great time to start reducing your energy waste. According to The Environmental Defense Fund, “Americans spend $350 billion a year on electricity – with three-quarters of the energy going to waste”.  Energy efficiency means that you are optimally using the energy in your home and not wasting it. You don’t have air leaking around windows, your furnace is operating efficiently, and you don’t have warm air escaping from lower floors out through the roof. When your home is energy efficient you aren’t wasting money on your electric and heating bills, you are using exactly what you need and no more.


New York State Electric & Gas Corp. is seeking a rate increase that would raise the average monthly bill for its electric customers by more than $10 a month. If approved the proposed rate increase would take effect on April 2020.


Each presenter will provide information to help participants become energy efficient and save money on their utility bills.




Cornell Cooperative Extension Community Energy Advisors

Community Energy Advisors help residents, businesses and multifamily building owners reduce their energy use and energy costs and make informed energy decisions. In partnership with NYSERDA, they are dedicated to helping residents save money, live and work more comfortably and connect to NYS renewable energy incentive programs.


HeatSmart Southern Tier and HeatSmart Tompkins

HeatSmart is an NYSERDA-funded community outreach program hosting by the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition that connects you to local heating and cooling experts who offer the latest energy-efficient technologies. For our community to become sustainable, we need to shift to a more sustainable energy source. We help residences and businesses alike to become more energy-efficient, clean, and energy independent. Visit for more information or to enroll for a free assessment.


ETM Solar Works

Since 1988, ETM Solar Works has installed over 2 megawatts of solar panels in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. That’s enough to power 2000 homes! More recently, we have branched out to do even more in terms of sustainability, including offering ductless heating and cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, battery storage solutions, and permeable pavement.


Delaware River Solar

Delaware River Solar is a solar company focused on building community solar projects throughout New York State. Our community solar farms bring green, renewable energy to residents and businesses while saving them money on their electric bills. We are currently building over 40 community solar farms throughout the NYSEG and RGE electric service territories in Western and Upstate New York through 2019 and 2020.