A Northwest-based nonprofit that promotes solutions to global warming has recognized the Town of Babylon for its “green” building code and other clean energy programs.
“With current federal and state policy on climate stalled, local communities must step up to help build a clean energy economy from the ground up,” write authors of a report from Climate Solutions, which focuses on small to medium cities and towns.
The report highlights changes to Babylon’s building code in 2006 imposing energy efficiency standards on new construction in the town.
At the same time, the town implemented a retrofit program for existing homes, known as Long Island Green Homes, offering low-cost financing for homeowners. In the first year of the program, according to the report, the money each homeowner saved through increased energy efficiency was greater than the total monthly charge for the retrofit.
Those savings now amount to $1,000 a year per homeowner, according to the report.
Above: Babylon Town Hall