Sustainable Living

Tips for making greener choices in your life

You can help conserve precious natural resources—and the money in your own wallet—by rethinking some everyday activities inside and outside of your home.

Drive green

car driving down the road
Green vehicles are more efficient and less polluting than conventional ones. That means spending less money on fuel and keeping the environment cleaner. You'll see many electric vehicles on the road today. But how you drive and maintain your vehicle matters too. To maximize fuel efficiency of any vehicle, keep your engine tuned, tires properly inflated, and idling to under a minute.

Little light, big change

Replacing just one light bulb in every American home with a light bulb that has earned the ENERGY STAR® certification would save enough energy to light 2 million homes and prevent 6 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year. That is equivalent to eliminating the emissions from about 550,000 cars. You can start today.

Purchase green power

wind turbines and solar panels
Green power is electricity generated from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, and hydropower. But you don’t have to have a solar electric system or a wind turbine to run your home or business with green power. Most service providers in New York offer green power options to customers. Compared to fossil-fueled energy, green power has fewer environmental impacts, creates better air quality, and diversifies fuel supply.
 

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Solar Electric Program (NY-Sun)

Provides incentives and financing to make solar-generated electricity accessible and affordable for all New York homeowners, renters, and businesses. Using solar can help lower energy costs compared to using conventionally generated electricity. Additional program components include training for installers and public officials, standardized permitting processes, and consumer education.

Renewable Heat NY

Supports the installation of high-efficiency, low emission wood heating technology for residential, municipal, and commercial buildings. These advanced technology heating systems enable consumers to use local wood pellets and cordwood as fuel in a cleaner way. Technologies include stoves and pellet and cordwood boilers with thermal storage, many of which are made right here in New York State.