Broome County celebrating national Energy Efficiency Day

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Broome County is celebrating the second annual national Energy Efficiency Day.

The Insulation Man on Court Street in Binghamton hosted County Executive Jason Garnar Tuesday as he proclaimed this Thursday Energy Efficiency Day in Broome.

Advocates are encouraging homeowners, businesses, and non-profits to utilize programs available to help finance efficiency upgrades in a manner that allows the energy savings to offset the loan payments.

Charity Bensley bought a house in 2012, only to find that it had no insulation, had drafting doors and windows, and was expensive to heat.

“After the Insulation Man came in, and I found out all of the programs available, and I could have the house done and it wasn’t going to break the bank, we signed up immediately,” said Bensley.

Bensley says she is recouping her investment by purchasing far less heating oil.

The Insulation Man is promoting a program called C-PACE which stands for Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy.

It allows businesses and non-profits to borrow money to make efficiency upgrades and then pay it back as an additional charge on their property tax .

Non-profits that are not taxed pay what’s called an energy assessment.

The Broome County Legislature is expected to vote on a renewed version of the state and federal program that eliminates some of its former restrictions.

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