Clifton Park takes on green causes for Earth Hour

NYSERDA suggested using a thermostat with a timer and purchasing a vending machine miser at a cost of $179 with anticipated annual electric savings of $192.

Those, among other recommendations from NYSERDA, could reduce carbon emissions by 54 tons per year and save the town $18,711 annually, according to the report.

"It's going to save the town money in the first year, and that's where the energy costs are today," Paolucci said.

Members of the GREEN committee also want to encourage residents to reduce their carbon footprint by creating a Web site where people can track their energy savings and measure them against other town residents.

"I think people in this town are going to get very excited, and I think it will reduce carbon dioxide emission," Paolucci said.

Town Supervisor Phil Barrett has suggested creating an award to recognize green-minded individuals.

The council revisited the conservation issue at later meetings.

"I think we should possibly use some of our funds to put some of this information here into effect," Councilman Sandy Roth said Monday, March 10. "I think there are many, many things in here we should try to implement as soon as possible."

At the Monday, March 17, meeting, Clifton Park resident Norman Goldman, who had been following the council discussions through the local broadcasts of the meetings, said he agreed with the energy conservation efforts but said the focus should not be on saving money, but on saving the Earth.

"I hope we keep that carbon measurement in mind as the real target, rather than budget savings," Goldman said. "If we have money but the only place we can live is on a life raft, we won't be doing so well."

Members of the GREEN committee will be on hand at Clifton Commons to promote recycling on Earth Day Tuesday, April 22. They will be collecting recyclables all day and drawing attention to the recycling bins, which committee members said are difficult to decipher from garbage cans at the park. The group hopes to purchase new recycling bins for the park.""

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