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Tri-Lakes Energy Expo Set for Sept. 17 With Energy-Saving Ideas for Homes & Businesses

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Connie Cullen
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September 8, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY—The Tri-Lakes Energy Expo, a free event on how to conserve energy and lower utility bills, is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 from 10 am to 6 pm, in the Town of Harrietstown’s Town Hall Auditorium in Saranac Lake.  Learn how to reduce energy use from professionals and vendors featuring energy-efficient goods and services.  Information on low-cost financing opportunities to install energy-saving products at your home or business will also be available.  Over 30 vendors and organizations will be represented.

Sponsors of the Tri-Lakes Energy Expo are:  the New York Power Authority (NYPA); Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid company, (Niagara Mohawk) and New York Energy Smart, a joint initiative of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Public Service Commission.

“Getting ready for this winter and winters to come by encouraging greater use of energy-efficient products benefits families and businesses with warmer, brighter homes, shops and offices; lower energy bills and especially valued in the Tri-Lakes communities, the cleaner air that results from using less energy,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.

“We are pleased to join NYPA and New York Energy Smart in sponsoring the Energy Expo,” said Rich Burns, Key Account Manager, Niagara Mohawk.  “This event offers residents and local businesses an opportunity to learn more about energy efficiency that will yield savings and provide benefits for this winter and for years to come."

“Helping residents and businesses in the North Country identify ways to lower their energy costs, especially in these times of high energy prices, is extremely important. Winter often comes early and stays late here, so by improving the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in the area, we can provide much needed economic and environmental benefits, as well as help to ensure that we have an affordable and secure energy future here in Northern New York, “ said Peter R. Smith, president, NYSERDA. 

Due to the severe winter weather in the Tri-Lakes Region, many homes, businesses, non-profit groups and public facilities have been using energy conservation efforts.  The Tri-Lakes Expo offers a variety of ways to continue those efforts.

An “energy audit” is an effective way to assess the potential savings from installing energy efficient products at your home and business.  At the Energy Expo, home performance contractors, professionals in completing energy audits for home owners, will be available for questions and can set-up an energy audit for your home.  Also at the Expo, small business owners can meet with experts in performing energy audits for commercial and non-profit operations.

Vendors will have available many energy-efficient products for lighting, heating and insulation, and much more.  Companies servicing oil and propane systems will be on hand to show ways to improve the efficiency of that equipment.

Solar energy products, and other renewable energy sources, for home and business applications, will also be presented.

If you are a provider or vendor of energy efficient products or services, and are interested in exhibiting at the Expo, please contact Steve Ramsey, New York Power Authority, at 1-800-724-0309 or steve.ramsey@nypa.gov.

Statewide, NYPA has completed energy-efficiency projects at over 2,200 public buildings helping save taxpayer dollars on municipal energy bills.  NYPA also assists residential and business customers of the municipal electric systems and rural cooperatives with energy conservation. These energy saving measures include high-efficiency lighting, motors, heating and air conditioning, boilers, building-shell measures, and clean energy technologies such as solar energy projects.

Niagara Mohawk, a National Grid company, provides electricity service to approximately 1.5 million customers and natural gas service to approximately 560,000 customers in upstate New York.  Its parent company also has electricity distribution operations in New England.

NYSERDA administers the New York Energy $mart program which is contributing to improving energy diversity in the State by reducing electricity use through energy efficiency, and increasing the use of renewable energy. Over 40 programs are offered under the program that are also providing environmental and economic benefits for the State’s residents and businesses. For more information on these programs, please call 1-866-NYS-ERDA or visit www.nyserda.org.