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Officials Highlight Energy Efficient Program

Officials of a New York State program that aims to help homes, small businesses and not-for-profits go green while saving money say it's seen positive results since beginning four and a half years ago.

The Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star Program from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers free home energy assessments by accredited contractors.

After assessments, grants or low-interest loans are offered to get energy-saving work done.

Frank Longo, an Endicott homeowner, had his home assessed two years ago and received $5,000 in grants to make it more energy efficient.

"It really has benefited me with lower energy costs every month and a warmer home," said Longo.

Euphemia Martin, the director of the NYSERDA program, says it benefits homeowners, the community's economy, and the environment.

"Their homes are much more healthier and the environment benefits also because it reduces the greenhouse gas emission," said Martin.

According to officials, studies show the program can save an average of 35 percent on energy bills.

The program is available to homeowners in all eight counties of the Southern Tier.

For more information on this program, or to sign up for a free energy assessment, call 607-723-0110.