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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County is seeking applicants to the Smart Energy Choices program, which provides free energy advising to local residents and business owners.

The initiative helps participants reduce their energy use, switch to renewable energy, save money, and improve the comfort of their homes and buildings.

Extension educators working as Community Energy Advisors (CEAs) will not only educate income-eligible residents on the benefits of more efficient and renewable energy technologies, but also save them money  that can be used for other needs.

They can also provide assistance and support to guide residents and businesses through the process of applying for energy programs, selecting contractors, and financing upgrades.

The ultimate goal of the program is work to provide a bridge between these communities and the various incentive programs for energy savings.

Smart Energy Choices is funded in part by a grant from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA).

For more information about Smart Energy Choices or to contact a trained Community Energy Advisor who can help you learn about ways to save energy and money and connect to resources, financial incentives, and local contractors:


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