FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2011
Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 (office) | 914-815-4462 (cell)
Westchester Legislators Announce Launch of New “Green” Website
ReChargeWestchester.com will help create jobs and save money for taxpayers
White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) announced today the launch of a new website, http://www.ReChargeWestchester.com, that will help Westchester residents and businesses save money on utility bills through lower energy use while providing information and resources about their energy needs.
“In these challenging economic times, finding ways to save money on energy costs is vitally important,” said BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins. “With ReChargeWestchester.com, residents can discover incentives and valuable advice that can help them financially both short- and long-term.”
ReChargeWestchester.com was developed through a partnership with Blue Springs Energy, a company that assists local governments, organizations and individuals gain access to clean energy grants, incentives and tax credits, as well as identifying local green services and products.
Among the many features of ReChargeWestchester.com are places where visitors to the site can learn about statewide home energy assistance and weatherization; energy incentives for businesses; and various utility programs that can minimize energy costs. Other features include information on green businesses and products, as well as how to get involved in sustainable energy projects in different communities.
The new website will be a boon to different communities around Westchester County, many of which have been contemplating the idea of launching their own green websites. ReChargeWestchester.com will serve as a County-wide clearinghouse for information, thus saving communities the cost of designing and maintaining their own websites in this regard.
Blue Springs Energy has already helped Monroe, Erie and Rockland Counties with their green websites.
“We’re thrilled to be able residents, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations around New York save money on their energy bills and help the environment,” said Larry Simpson, President of Blue Springs Energy.
Westchester Legislator and BOL Majority Leader Peter Harckham (D-Katonah) and Legislator Martin Rogowsky (D-Harrison) learned of the website idea at a previous New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) conference.
“Promoting energy efficiency falls in line with other workforce investment programs that are creating and retaining jobs in this fast-growing field,” said Harckham. “This is ‘one stop shopping’ for all of the energy efficiency programs and another example of the County Board saving homeowners money.”
“The more we can help businesses and homeowners learn about cost-effective improvements such as energy retrofitting, weatherization and appliance upgrades, the more people we can put to work,” said Rogowsky. “Energy efficiency and green solutions are win-win options, and this new website will help Westchester residents take advantage of new programs and incentives.”