Ossining WWII Veteran Recipient of Free Home Energy Makeover

Written by: Bobby Veit on May 10th 2013
Ossining WWII Veteran Recipient of Free Home Energy Makeover

PRESS RELEASE - May 10, 2013 

Ossining, NY. WWII veteran Victor Paolantonio will receive a home energy makeover next week when a group of local certified energy efficiency contractors join together to retrofit his 61 year old home. The retrofit will save approximately 50% of his heating costs. All of this work will be done at no cost to Mr. Paolantonio.

The home will be insulated and air sealed, a high-efficiency heat pump and ductless system installed and the home properly ventilated to ensure indoor air quality. Andrew Fischer of Bright Home Energy Solutions, one of the contractors who is donating time to this project, says “what we are doing is part of a full scale Home Performance with Energy Star assessment and upgrade. We expect to save the Paolantonio’s around 30% on overall energy bills, and closer to 50% on his oil. And make the house a whole lot more comfortable.”

The average home in Westchester can save $1,000 or more per year on their utility bills, according to Energize NY, the nonprofit energy efficiency outfit that rates contractors and provides energy efficiency education for homeowners in northern Westchester. For a homeowner on a fixed income like Victor, that can have a big impact on their monthly expenses.

The Building Performance Contractors Association of NYS (BPCA/NYS) is the driving force behind this effort. Spokesperson Vincent Hannigan of Bruni & Campisi says “The contractors of the BPCA are proud to honor all of our veterans on this Memorial Day. We’re all glad to put our hammers to good use! Really we are glad we can use our skills and resources to do something so meaningful. All of our veterans’ deserve our gratitude and respect for the sacrifices they made.  Our BPCA members are honored to help local veterans permanently save money on their energy bills.”

Work will be conducted on the Ossining home the week before Memorial Day. Daughters Lucille and Angela were in the midst of discussing their parent’s growing energy costs, and whether it made sense to stay in this house. Mrs. Paolantonio kindly offered to turn down the thermostat even further (it had already been set at 62 this winter, to save on oil costs). That’s when the daughters knew they had to act. Lucille went online and found Energize Ossining’s website and applied for an energy assessment. A NYSERDA approved home energy expert from Bruni & Campisi came out to evaluate the home, and after checking out the walls and attic, boiler and appliances, and running diagnostic tests, came up with a list recommended measures that would help the Paolantonio’s save energy. After discussing the options with the daughters, and with Victor himself who used to be a contractor, he found out that Victor was a former home builder, a WWII vet, and a perfect candidate for the BPCA’s Veteran’s Program. 

If you know a veteran in Westchester County who owns a home that may benefit from a home energy retrofit, please email Donovan Beckford at  DPB2@WestchesterGov.com visit www.home-performance.org or call Energize NY at 914-302-7300.

The funding for these renovations comes from donations of labor and materials from the BPCA member contractors listed below, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), and manufacturers’ donations of materials.

NYSERDA Approved Home Performance Contractors:

Bruni & Campisi Energy & Conservation Services LLC
Mario Bruni or Vincent Hannigan: vhannigan@brucaminc.com
199 Ridgewood Drive Elmsford, NY 10523    Phone: 914-946-5558

Energy Wise New York
Alfonso Ciampa: Pro@energywise.com
60 Tunis Avenue Bronxville, NY 10708  Phone: 914-574-2300

Home Doctor of America
Bob Mariani: bob@homedoctorofamerica.com
15 New Lebben Road Sandy Hook, CT 06482   Phone: 203-364-7390

BK Solutions LLC
Bernhard Koenig: bernhard@bksolutionsllc.com
26 Powder Horn Way Tarrytown, NY 10591    Phone: (914) 564-9900

Tri-State Energy Solutions, Inc.
Peter Peale: info@trises.com
902 Commerce Street Thornwood, NY 10594    Phone: 914-458-2790

BrightHome Energy Solutions, LLC
Mike Brown: Mike.brown@brighthome.com
5 Westchester Plaza Elmsford, NY 10523    Phone: 914-909-5300

Material Supplier Donations:
Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
Spray Foam Nation
National Fiber

Project Assistance:
Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State
Conrad Metcalfe - Executive Director: conrad@home-performance.org
6029 Teall Ave Station Syracuse, NY 13217   (607) 327-0583

Westchester/Putnam Workforce Investment Board
Donnovan Beckford, Director: dpb2@westchestergov.com
120 Bloomingdale Road White Plains, NY 10605    (914) 995-3707

Dolores ‘Dee’ Bevilacqua & Michael Dunseith (Construction Leader): info@ greenjobtrainingcenter.com


Media contact: Heather Flournoy
914-302-7300  heather@energizeny.org