PUSH Green, PUSH Buffalo’s new energy efficiency program, will be expanding their program outreach efforts into North Buffalo and Tonawanda. The team will hold a press conference on FridayOctober 19th at the home of PUSH Green Friends and Neighbors participant, Marc Hunt, at 96 Columbia Blvd., Kenmore, N.Y. 14217 at 4 p.m. The press conference will occur in tandem with day one of Marc Hunt’s energy efficiency upgrade. State Home Performance contractor New Buffalo Impact and Delaware District Council Member Michael LoCurto will be in attendance.

After spending the last six months in the Village of Kenmore, and signing up more than 90 people for comprehensive home energy assessments, the PUSH Green team will begin working with homeowners living in 14216 and 14223 who are interested in lowering their energy costs and improving their homes (and communities) through energy efficiency.

“This is an exciting time for our green team,” said Kate Howard, PUSH Green program manager. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Councilmember LoCurto to bring PUSH Green to homeowners in North Buffalo, and to begin reaching out to Tonawanda residents, as well. The weather is quickly changing and we know that homeowners are already starting to think about their upcoming heating costs. This program is a real way for homeowners to save money and lower their heating bills.”

PUSH Green is open to anyone residing in Erie County and provides homeowners access to free comprehensive home energy assessments, whole house installation services by certified Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractors, affordable state financing, and workforce opportunities. Homeowners can save even more money when they come together in groups of 5 to 10 to enroll in the Friends and Neighbors Program.

“Far too often, middle class families fall through the cracks when it comes to finding programs to help them with ever-increasing energy costs,” said Delaware District Councilmember Michael LoCurto. “PUSH Green helps to fill that gap, and stays to help homeowners every step of the way. I am so pleased that we will be able to have them work with my constituents in North Buffalo. “

“There is a real need for PUSH Green in our neighborhoods,” stated Village of Kenmore Mayor, Patrick Mang. “As people invest in their homes, they invest in their community. This is such a great program for the Village of Kenmore (and for me as well) to be a part of and I’m glad to see that they are moving into other neighborhoods.”

PUSH Green, which launched earlier this year, is part of Green Jobs – Green New York, a statewide program designed to create jobs and help homeowners reduce their energy usage throughaffordable financing programs. For the first time, homeowners can pay for their energy upgrades through the state’s new On-Bill Recovery loan program, which lets homeowners pay for their energy upgrades the same way they pay for their heating costs – right on their utility bill. The energy savings pay for the work, so that there are no extra costs and no extra bill each month.

“The beauty of our program is that almost all homeowners already qualify to receive a free energy assessment,” states Howard. “But, what makes PUSH Green so unique is that we offer homeowners concierge-style support throughout the entire process, along with our Friends and Neighbors Program which equals more savings and bigger benefits.”

“The process can be a tad overwhelming, and we understand this,” continued Howard. “This is one of the main reasons why our team works with homeowners from start to finish. We make sure that you understand exactly what’s going on, that the contractor stays on task and on schedule, etc. We are advocates for the homeowner, making sure your work is done right.”

So, what can homeowners expect to see in North Buffalo and Tonawanda?

Over the next few weeks, you will see PUSH’s Community Energy Advocates, certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), building awareness of our program in neighborhoods throughout North Buffalo and Tonawanda. Interested homeowners will then set up a time to meet with one of our Advocates to further discuss the process. As a first step, PUSH Green will work with homeowners to see if they qualify for a free home energy assessment.