Smart Energy Choices Program

Start Saving Energy

The Smart Energy Choices Program can help you save energy and money in your home, small business or multifamily home.  Smart Energy Choices is a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension that provides free energy advising to residents, small commercial, non-profit and multifamily building owners and managers to help them reduce their energy use, switch to renewable energy, save money, and improve the comfort of their homes and buildings.

Lunchtime Learning Webinar May 12, 2020 – How to Build Sustainability through Heat Pumps

Are you looking for ways to save energy and money?  You can make a difference in saving the planet by building sustainability into your life each month.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County would like to feature a webinar each month from Green NY Lunchtime Learning series and Smart Energy Choices program to offer ways to save energy and participate in NYSERDA Community Energy Engagement Program (CEEP).

The first webinar is Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 12:00 noon EST on Heat Pumps and Renewable Heating and Cooling from the Green Energy NY series.  This hour presentation from NYSERDA’S Clean Heating and Cooling team will share information on NYSERDA’s Heat Smart Campaign and what you need to know about considering renewable heating and cooling heat pump options for your home.  For information on how to register for this webinar call Valerie at 607-865-6531 or register through the Green NY website.  You can find out more about NYERSDA’s incentives for purchasing heat pumps by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County at 607-865-6531 and speak with Valerie or Jeanne.

Energy Efficiency

Did you know that the average home has enough leaks to equal the size of a window being open?  Sealing cracks and adding insulation should be a first step when thinking of energy efficiency.  The good news is home energy assessments are available to most New York State residents at no- or low-cost.

Here’s a quick video to show your what your energy audit would look like:


Renewable Heat

Changing to a renewable heating source can reduce carbon emissions and save money.  There are several renewable heating options and great incentives to buy:

Wood Pellet Boilers & Stoves: Pellets are made from sawdust and low-quality trees, and can be used to heat a whole house just like wood. NYSERDA is currently offering $1,500 to $2,500 rebates on pellet stoves for residences not served by natural gas.

Air Sourced & Ground Source Heat Pumps:  Heat pumps, like air conditioners or refrigerators, use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. Give us a call for more information on rebates and tax credits.


Think solar is expensive?  Think again!  Options are available to both homeowners and renters to get solar.

Residential Solar: This is the most traditional form of solar, with roof or ground panels.  NYSERDA Rebates, NYS Tax Credits and Federal Tax Credits are all available to assist with cost reduction.  Also, there are great financing options to pay for the cost after incentives.

Community Solar:  This is the newest way to get solar and links your utility bill to a local solar farm, allowing power to come to your home if you can’t or don’t want to install solar panels. You can either purchase panels on the farm or subscribe to receive a portion of energy production.  Renters can sign up too!

Check out more information about renewable energy savings on the Smart Energy Choices website or contact our Community Energy Adviser at 607-865-6531 ( to help navigate your way to energy savings!

For more information, contact Jeanne Darling

Executive Director

(607) 865-6531