ENERGIZE NY™ HOMEOWNER SERVICES
Energize NY Residential currently serves communities and homeowners within the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium (NWEAC). The program provides residents of 1-4 family homes with direct support, useful information and innovative tools to make better energy efficiency choices. Energize NY Residential works with municipalities and local community-based organizations to build trust among homeowners and spread the message and benefits of energy efficiency. Using these and other techniques the program has successfully increased adoption of whole house energy efficiency upgrades in the "Home Performance with ENERGY STAR" program threefold since 2011. Energize innovations and the program's performance have been recognized by municipalities, energy efficiency contractors, program managers and experts across New York State. The EIC hopes to expand the Energize NY Residential program beyond the 14 NWEAC communities as additional funding becomes available.
The idea behind a community-based energy efficiency program was initially conceived by a small group a northern Westchester County residents and local officials in 2009. That vision was organized through the Bedford Energy Advisory Panel, Bedford 2020 Coalition and the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium. Funding for the initial program was secured through the awarding of competitive DOE and NYSERDA grants in 2010. A handful of key stakeholder representatives worked for months to develop and submit the grant proposal as a joint effort of NWEAC and the Town of Bedford. Using those funds a pilot program, Energize Bedford, was launched in January 2011. Roll out to all 14 NWEAC communities began in late 2011 and was completed by the end of 2012.
Energize NY Residential works with homeowners to realize energy solutions that reduce energy waste, make homes more comfortable and save money. Energize NY provides homeowners with useful information, innovative tools and the support they need to create a more comfortable home while using less energy. Working closely with our Energize NY Residential communities in northern Westchester County, NY, Energize NY has dramatically increased awareness of and demand for energy efficiency upgrades since its founding in 2011 and to Dutchess County since 2017.
LAUREN BROIS, Director, Energize NY Residential - Westchester. Lauren is responsible for supporting and promoting NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star to home energy efficiency in 14 municipalities. Since joining Energize NY in 2013 Lauren has worked with municipalities and local organizations to design a community-based approach to helping homeowners realize energy savings and more comfortable homes by making energy efficiency improvements. She is responsible for providing homeowner support, contractors and volunteer management, community outreach and grassroots marketing. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BS in Childhood Education and Minors in Environmental Studies and Visual Arts. At SUNY New Paltz, she was the Campus Recycling Coordinator.
CAROLYN CASSATA, Assistant Director, Energize NY Residential - Carolyn joined Energize NY in May 2018 to augment the residential program, especially for outreach and development to the newest member-municipalities in the Hudson Valley. Carolyn promotes NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star in the pursuit of homeowner energy savings and to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions. Raised with a dedication to organic gardening, composting, recycling and a keen appreciation of nature, Carolyn continues these traditions. Carolyn received a B.S. in Professional Communications from Pace University