Easy ways to keep skyrocketing energy prices in check

There is also a program called EmPower New York, which provides cost-effective electric reduction measures, specifically lighting and refrigerator replacements, as well as other cost-effective home performance strategies such as insulation, and health and safety measures.

NYSERDA is also looking into expanding its use of wind energy and is seeing more interest in its photovoltaic program, which provides homeowners incentive to purchase and install solar panels.

"We will continue with our photovoltaic program. People are much more aware of the energy issues and want to find alternative means to generate power in a clean, renewable fashion," said Ryan.

As for people like Delewski, who have been conserving energy for years, most of what is new is old.

"I watch what I use, and my bill is half of what some of my neighbors see," said Delewski.


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