Sustainable Putnam

Electrify Everything

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Electrify everything” and wondered what that was about? It means that we need to go all-electric to eliminate global warming. Burning fossil fuels — our primary source of energy — is the single biggest cause of global warming and the existential threat of the climate crisis. But the solutions are clear: a quick shift to clean, renewable, non-carbon energy sources. Virtually all renewable energy sources are electric. So in order to go 100% clean renewable, we need to go all-electric in our energy uses. At the same time, we also need to “Green the Grid”.

For example, we need to transition from gasoline and diesel vehicles to clean electric vehicles. We must switch our home heating furnaces from oil, natural gas, and propane to clean, low-energy, ground or air source heat pumps.

Switching to clean electric power will also save money and reduce carbon emissions and air pollution here in Putnam County — and everywhere along the path of extraction, refining, and transport of dirty, global warming fossil fuels.

Green the Grid

While we shift our home heating, cooking, transportation, and other energy uses to electricity, we must also “green the grid”. New York State’s relatively clean electricity mix is generated from renewables, nuclear, and natural gas. As New York State increases the proportion of renewables to 100% over the next 20 years, we will “green the grid” as we eliminate a major source of our contribution to global warming, further improve our health, and save even more money. Contact us at info@sustainableputnam.org for more information on how you can help.

Actions

Lighting: Residents, Businesses, and Governments: Install LED bulbs throughout your home and facilities. Most of these bulbs will save you money within a year of purchase, and continue to save for years to come. Your house will be cooler too, decreasing the need for air conditioning. Learn more at Energy Star Lighting.

Go Solar! You can go solar in New York State with or without panels on your roof. Your two options are a Solar Panel installation or Community Solar. You can determine your best option with our online tool: Which Solar Option is Best for Me? Solar Panel systems (aka PhotoVoltaic or PV) may require a significant cost to install, but can save you money over the long term. Community solar guarantees immediate savings on your electric bill through a New York State law designed to develop solar in the Empire State. It’s a great option for renters or those who don’t want or can’t afford a major home project right now. Should you choose community solar, you can sign up with our partner, Ampion Renewable Energy here. You’ll not only save money, and help to build the solar industry in New York State, Ampion will donate $100 to Sustainable Putnam for each customer who signs up via this sign-up form

Electric Vehicles: Make your next car a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or fully electric vehicle. You’ll spend less on transportation over the vehicle’s life, breathe cleaner air, reduce your carbon footprint, and spend virtually no time at gas stations and repair shops. Learn more on our Transportation page or at Drive Electric Hudson Valley

Efficient Appliances: Homeowners, Businesses: Purchase the most efficient Energy Star appliances you can afford. Did you know that over its useful life, you pay more for electricity to run your refrigerator than you paid for the refrigerator itself? Paying extra for the purchase will save more money through a lower electric bill. Learn more at Energy Star Appliances.

Green your Town’s Grid: Villages, Towns, and County governments can choose to implement Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). A CCA pools together the electricity customers in a locality and bargains on their behalf to buy clean renewable electricity for the same or less than they’re currently paying. Save money, eliminate carbon, and clean our air. Residents are free to opt out if they prefer their current Electric Supply Company (ESCO).

Convert Tools to Electric: Converting to efficient electrical home appliances and yard tools from fossil fueled appliances reduces your household’s carbon footprint, avoids air pollutants that hurt your health, and saves money. Ovens, ranges, clothes dryers, water heaters, lawn mowers, leaf blowers — all of these and more can be more efficiently powered with clean, renewable, non-carbon energy sources. Learn more at Energy Star Appliances.