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Residents, businesses urged to ‘Take the Tusten Energy Survey’


January 7, 2013

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — Starting this week, Tusten residents and business owners are being asked to take the Tusten Energy Survey as part of a town-wide initiative to improve energy efficiency and to reduce energy costs in homes, businesses and in-town operations. The survey is part of Phase Two of an ongoing energy project by the town.
Surveys—one for homeowners and one for commercial building owners—are short and user-friendly and include questions about home heating and cooling, use of major appliances, vehicles and even yard equipment. The resulting data will be used to analyze energy use town-wide and help residents and businesses identify achievable, cost efficient ways to reduce their energy bills, tailored to the patterns of energy use in the town.
In 2012, Tusten became the first town in Sullivan County to join Climate Smart Communities (CSC), a program of the New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). More than 107 municipalities across the state are participating in the program, which provides informational resources and a framework for municipalities to address climate change through local planning and broad community engagement.
In Phase One of the project, Tusten’s Energy Committee collected detailed data on energy use in Tusten’s town-owned buildings and facilities. With help from Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD), working under contract to the Sullivan County Office of Sustainable Energy, the data was analyzed to help the energy committee develop cost-effective measures to save the town thousands of dollars in energy bills each year.
The survey can be downloaded at www.tusten.org, or a copy may be picked up at Tusten Town Hall, the Tusten Library, or at Peck's Market in Narrowsburg. Completed surveys can be dropped off at Town Hall or the library by Valentine's Day, February 14. All information will be kept confidential and used only in relation to fulfillment of Tusten's Climate Smart Communities Pledge.
For information about the survey, contact: Tusten Energy Committee chairperson Brandi Merolla at 845/252-7309 or supervisor Carol Wingert 845/252-7146 ext. 1.