Here are the tools you need to halt the climate crisis at home.
Our 100% Renewable Energy Toolkit will guide and assist you in your home or small business. We suggest using each tool in the listed order. Start by taking the 100% Renewable Energy Pledge and committing yourself to take action.
Next, find your best path to solar. (It doesn’t necessarily require panels on your roof!)
Move on to the GHG (Green House Gas) Audit to learn where you’re currently using fossil fuels. Download The Guide to learn how to eliminate them step by step. Keep track with clear, well-organized checklist and track your progress.
Need help? Schedule a consultation with our expert! All free and ready when you are.
The 100% Renewable Energy Toolkit
Take the 100% Renewable Energy Pledge
By signing the pledge, you’re sending a message to local government officials, businesses, and your neighbors, to support the policies and practices that reverse global warming and halt climate change, and secure the essential conditions for all life on our planet.
This is not only a pledge to eliminate the threat of climate change, it’s also a promise to leave our children and grandchildren a better, more prosperous society.
Make your pledge today to fight climate change and cost-effectively transition to 100% Renewable Energy!
Today, everyone can go solar — with or without installing solar panels on your roof. Thanks to New York State’s forward-thinking solar policies, our electric utilities are required to buy the electricity produced by solar farms built within their service territory. But only if we subscribe to purchase that solar electricity. That’s the essence of something called community solar.
So there are two recommended options for going solar:
- installing solar panels on your home or business
- subscribing to a community solar program
Installing panels of your own can be a great choice. But if that isn’t possible for you right now, community solar is the way to go. There are no costs, cancellation fees, or other charges. You receive a 10% discount on your electricity bill, carbon emissions and other pollutants are reduced, green jobs are created in New York State, and our grid becomes cleaner and greener!
Join through Sustainable Putnam’s Solarize Putnam campaign today! You’ll receive a $100 VISA gift card as a sign-up thank you, and Sustainable Putnam will receive a $100 donation from our trusted partner, Ampion Renewable Energy.
Audit your Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Sometimes our use of fossil fuels isn’t very obvious. Because we want to take responsibility for our carbon footprint, we start by finding the carbon in our household footprint. The Audit will walk you through your home or business to find every last fossil fuel burning appliance, equipment, and more. Then you’ll use The Guide (see below) to learn how to go about substituting clean, green alternatives. As appliances wear out, for example, you’ll know what replacements are available to eliminate fossil fuels. Click Audit Now to get started!
The Guide to Eliminating Greenhouse Gases
The Guide is both a checklist of actions you can take to eliminate fossil fuels, and a record of how much you’ve accomplished.
Now that you’ve tracked down all the sources of fossil fuel burning with the Audit, use the Guide to find the easy steps — the low-hanging fruit —that cost little and can be accomplished quickly. Check ’em off and pat yourself on the back!
Like to work with paper and pencil? Click “Download PDF” below.
Are you the digital type? Click “Get Google Doc” below and “Make a Copy” to create your very own digital Guide. Hint: Copy and paste the check mark icon next to each completed task as you go.
Schedule a Consultation
Have a question about going solar? Need more info on home insulation? heat pumps? electric vehicles? Whatever the topic, Sustainable Putnam is here to answer your renewable energy questions.
Schedule an appointment to consult with Joe Montuori, our Cornell Cooperative Extension trained, volunteer Energy Navigator. Appointments are available in 45 minute time slots on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
If you can’t find a time that fits your schedule, email [email protected] to arrange an alternate appointment.