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Contact our trained Energy Advisers for help saving money and energy!

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Home heat is the biggest energy cost for NY families at $800-$2000 per year.

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Learn about available tax credits for installed or community solar options.

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NYSERDA offers eligible farms a free energy audit .

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Multi-family building owners can qualify for special NYSERDA programs.

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NYSEG offers a free assessment and discounts on business lighting upgrades.

Smart Energy Choices

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.

Smart Energy Choices is funded in part by a grant from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA). This grant has been awarded to Cornell Cooperative Extension associations in four of ten regions throughout the state: Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, and Southern Tier. In addition, Cornell Cooperative Extension serves in a prominent role in the Capital Region.

Contact a trained Community Energy Advisor who can help you learn about ways to save energy and money, and connect to resources, financial incentives, and local contractors.

  • Capital District: Serving¬†Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties
  • Long Island: Serving Nassau and Suffolk counties.¬†
  • Mid-Hudson: Serving Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
  • Mohawk Valley: Serving Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie counties
  • Southern Tier: Serving Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

Get in touch with the contact listed below for your county to learn how the Smart Energy Choices program can help you reduce your energy use, save money, and improve the comfort of your home or commercial building,


Kathryn Ripstein
Community Energy Educator
315-788-8450 ext. 232

Last updated November 1, 2022