(Amityville, NY) The Long Island Progressive Coalition has been awarded a $720,000 Green Jobs- Green New York grant by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to continue assisting Long Islanders through the energy efficiency process over the next 2 years. This is the second grant that the LIPC has been awarded from NYSERDA through the Green Jobs-Green New York Act, having received the first in 2012.
With these new resources the LIPC is expanding its PowerUp Communities energy efficiency campaign, assisting more homeowner in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The LIPCs PowerUp Communities program will provide outreach, education and one-on-one support for residential energy efficiency improvements, as well as advocate for good paying, green job creation and community revitalization through an innovative referral program.
“The PowerUp Communities program is an effective tool to help Long Island families lower their utility costs,” said Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, “I would like to thank the Long Island Progressive Coalition for administering this program which will benefit many families and create jobs, as well.” PowerUp Communities Project Coordinator, Marriele Robinson stated, “It shouldn’t be a privilege to live in a comfortable, affordable home. The Long Island Progressive Coalitions PowerUp Communities program improves the quality of life for Long Islanders, spurs local job creation and can fundraise for local organizations. It’s a win-win for the community in every sense.”
Focusing in low-to-moderate income, working communities, the LIPCs PowerUp Communities program assists homeowners through every step of the energy efficiency process, including scheduling each homeowner for a Free or Reduced Cost Home Energy Assessment. From there PowerUp representatives help homeowners utilize rebates and financing offered through the state and utilities to receive energy saving home improvements. Improvements can include new heating systems, conversions to gas, health and safety upgrades, insulation and air sealing. PowerUp homeowners in focus communities receive a 5% discount off of their projects costs and can rely on PowerUp as a customer watchdog, answering questions and remedying any issues that arise.
“If it wasn’t for PowerUp Communities, I would not have gone through with the energy efficiency work. I recommend everyone go through with the PowerUp program,” said Thomas Greene, a 92 year resident of Amityville that completed the PowerUp Communities program and hosted the press event. Homeowners like Mr. Greene have saved anywhere from $800 to over $2000 a year on utility costs after the energy efficiency upgrades.
The LIPCs PowerUp Communities program also utilizes a community donation referral fee. This referral fee allows for local community and religious institutions to receive up to $200 in donations for each homeowner that completes the PowerUp program after hearing about it from that organization. This referral has potential to raise thousands for the organizations that matter most to Long Islanders, making the LIPCs PowerUp Communities a true, all-encompassing community revitalization program.
“The best part was when the job finished and winter came, I felt a complete difference. I only needed two oil deliveries,” said Vincent Brown, a Lindenhurst PowerUp homeowner. “When the process was done, my contractor donated to my church. It’s great that I got to help them give back to my community.”