Oswego County: Save energy, money by going green

Oswego County will be holding a public meeting for residents Wednesday to learn about saving energy and money by going “green.”

The public session begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Oswego County Legislative Chambers, 46 East Bridge Street, Oswego.

“Energy efficiency and conservation in our homes, workplaces and businesses benefits residents as well as our environment,” said Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley.

“We hope to carry on the good work started by former Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann during his tenure and encourage all interested parties to join us to learn more about how they can participate in the continued development of our ‘green’ community,” he added.

This is the second of a three-part series about reducing energy consumption and creating a more energy-efficient community.

Participants will hear brief presentations and updates from government representatives and community leaders.

Oswego County will provide an update on its Energy Efficiency Plan, which was developed with the assistance of O’Brien & Gere, a national engineering firm hired last year through grant funding.

The City of Oswego will discuss its solar panel project, energy audits, rain garden, community garden and future plans for sustainability.

Representatives from SUNY Oswego present the school’s Climate Action Plan for advancing renewable energy sources and expanding the educational and community components of environmental stewardship.

An Oswego community resident shares her experience with a solar panel installation project, including the process, costs, incentives and benefits.

The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board offers information about energy-efficiency and conservation incentives such as a free energy savings report and low-interest financing available to business owners from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The third meeting in the series is scheduled for early June to continue providing residents with information and resources about sustainable energy practices and projects.

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