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Southampton plans to include free energy audits, solar checks

A new “Tri-Energy” program is being started in Southampton Town to help homeowners address energy issues and reduce their carbon footprints.

In a news release, Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said the goal of the initiative is to encourage residents to reduce their energy costs and become more energy-efficient. It will include free home energy audits, low-interest financing for home energy improvements and solar campaigns.

“These three programs will provide residents with initiatives to reduce their utility bills while reducing greenhouse gases,” Schneiderman said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “By working together we can help reduce the need for additional power plants on Long Island.”

Schneiderman and other officials will formally kick off the program Thursday during a 1 p.m. news conference at the east entrance of Town Hall on Little Plains Road.

Long Island Green Homes, which provides free home energy audits, rebates, incentives, low-cost financing and other assistance for reducing a home’s energy use by 30 percent or more, also gives homeowners tips on how energy efficiency can help lower their carbon footprint.

Another program, Solarize Southampton, involves locally organized outreach efforts to encourage more homes and businesses to go solar. Residents can also get free solar assessments.

The Peak Power Hour program invites residents and families to register for a series of outdoor events designed to help the Southampton community be proactive in lessening brownouts and reducing energy consumption.

Energy affordability, impacts from climate change and adequate electricity during periods of peak demand are all problems facing Southampton families and the larger community, Schneiderman said. The supervisor said that through Tri-Energy’s three initiatives, information will be available about cost-effective methods for making homes more energy-efficient, and homeowners can also learn about renewable energy and reducing their impact on the electrical grid.

Information about each of the three programs and about how Southampton residents can obtain the services they provide is available at

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