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Our Mission:   We are dedicated to increasing public understanding and participation in sustainable practices that include energy efficiency, protection of environmental quality and reduction of carbon emissions within the Town of Montgomery.

What is sustainability?  From the EPA website: http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm

"Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.  Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment."






Vampire Voltage is Draining Energy

Did you know that leaving electronics plugged in sucks up to $200 in energy from your home each year? It’s called vampire voltage. Watch this video to learn how ordinary items like TVs, computers and cell phone chargers drain electricity out of outlets if left plugged in—even when they are turned off. All this energy can add up to 15 percent of your home’s electricity bill. You can eliminate vampire voltage by:
    • Unplugging devices not in use
  • Turning off household appliances
  • Using smart power strips

Learn how to identify vampire voltage and take simple steps to unwaste at unwasteNY.org. unwasteNY is a free public service that brings New Yorkers together to reduce our energy waste, so that we can all live more resourcefully. At unwasteNY.org, you can find information, resources and tools to learn about energy use and set a personal goal to reduce energy waste when you join the Unwaste Network.

 




    offers programs for Residential, Commercial, Schools, and Non Profits.  See additional info on free home energy assesments, and other programs click here.

Upcoming Events to Watch For:

Check back here or on our Facebook page for some Events we will be participating in and putting on in 2013: 

  

 (click here to see photos and articles from our GREENFEST 2013)


unwasteNY: Illuminating Energy Use to Eliminate Energy Waste

25% of the Energy We Pay for, We Waste
The television nobody’s watching. The heat or A/C on high when we’re not home. The cell phone charger plugged in when we’re not charging. Drafty windows and inefficient appliances. Without realizing it, 25 percent of the energy we pay for, we waste.

Now There’s unwasteNY
unwasteNY is a free public service that brings New Yorkers together to reduce our energy waste, so that we can all live more resourcefully. At www.unwasteNY.org, you can find information, resources and tools to learn about energy use and set a personal goal to reduce energy waste when you join the Unwaste Network. With unwasteNY, you can:

• Create a free custom plan to unwaste your home

• Learn small actions that can make a big difference in reducing energy waste

• Find programs and rebates to help you save money and energy

• Connect with other New Yorkers who are doing the same

Pamela’s Unwaste Story
Pamela, a high school French teacher from Queens, saw her electric bill drop by nearly $30 a month after she replaced the traditional round light bulbs in her apartment with ones that she describes as “funny-looking corkscrewed things”—CFLs, or compact fluorescent light bulbs. Like most New Yorkers, she qualified for a free home energy assessment, which provided her with information and steps to make her home even more energy efficient. She learned the importance of regularly cleaning both her oven and air conditioners because the dirtier they are, the harder they have to work, and the more energy they use. She was also given several other helpful tips in order to save energy.

Pamela has since taken even further steps in making her home more energy efficient—investing in an energy efficient stove and an ENERGY STAR refrigerator. Although Pamela has made some big changes, she emphasizes the fact that it all started with something small and easy. “If we all do one small thing, it can make a big difference,” she says.

Illuminating Energy Use to Eliminate Energy Waste
We’re living smarter these days, and unwasteNY helps us align our energy use with our resourceful ways. Together, we can turn off, replace, unplug and unwaste.

What are you waiting for? Visit www.unwasteNY.org today.


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