Find renewable energy information here on our site.

Find renewable energy information here on our site.

Learn about buying, storing and safely burning firewood.
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Learn about buying, storing and safely burning firewood.

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Energy

In this section of our website, CCE-Tompkins offers resources that can help you learn about ways you can reduce energy consumption and use energy resources more efficiently.

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What is ESC?

Check here to learn more about the goals of Energy Smart Community (ESC) and find out whether you live in an area where smart meters and other upgrades will be available.

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Ithaca Festival!

Look for our Energy Smart Communities table at upcoming local festivals now through September 2018. Find a list of all the festivals we'll attend, here...

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Finding Installers

To be eligible for incentives and financing through NYSERDA, you must choose a participating contractor to install your solar system. Learn more about finding a contractor here.

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About Solar Energy

Solar energy is simply energy derived from the sun, that we can convert to electricity or thermal energy. Since sunlight is relatively infinite, solar energy is one of our most promising renewable resources.

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Local Energy Study

A new local building energy system study for townhouses and custom/luxury homes found that the energy cost of heat pumps is slightly lower than natural gas and significantly lower than propane. Full report as a pdf here.

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Commercial Energy Use Study

Office buildings can also economically benefit from converting to heat pumps, running very efficiently on electricity rather than fossil fuels. Full report as a pdf here.

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Last updated April 30, 2018