Century old farmhouse with a modern feel
Every year we reach out to our customers to let them know how the company expects prices to affect their energy bills during the winter season. On Wednesday, October 7, we announced our upstate New York bill forecast for the upcoming season, a release that included tips to customers to help keep warm during the next few months and to take the right steps to save energy and money on their utility bill.
The news was shared at an energy efficient house in Clifton Park, New York, which is 10 miles north of Albany. Hosts Joanne and Paul Coons have taken a century-old farm house and made it into a “net zero” efficient home that sells energy back to the electric grid. To do this, they first took simple steps that anyone can take to help keep energy use and costs down.
“We started with the smaller steps,” Joanne said, “adding insulation, sealing windows and doors. Right away that helped us start to control our energy costs.” After tightening up their home’s “energy envelope” to make it as efficient as possible, the couple tackled bigger projects, over the years buying Energy Star appliances and installing solar panels and a geothermal heating and cooling system.
“We know that what we were able to do might not fit everyone’s lifestyle,” said Paul, “but there are still lots of ways anyone can cut their energy use. It certainly pays off year round, and especially during the winter.”