Energy, money saving programs set up in village

ROUSES POINT - Two new programs are being offered to the residents of the village of Rouses Point to help them save money and energy.

The Independent Energy Efficiency Program\New York Power Authority Village Insulation Program has asked the village to participate in a free program that will provide insulation to homes at no cost. The insulation would only be added to the attics, according to a press release issued by the village.

"[The village] will insulate the houses, not the walls, just the ceilings," said Mayor George A. Rivers.

According to IEEP's Web site, www.ieepny.com, lowering emissions and preserving energy efficiency has become more important due to the hard economic times.

"[Insulation] can reduce your energy costs, especially with electric heat," added Rivers.

Not everyone can take advantage of the free insulation, though. An inspection will be performed in order to determine whether a home meets required guidelines.

The village's second initiative to help its residents save energy is through a thermal imaging camera, which was purchased last year. This project is different from the insulation program, as it is offered free to all of the people of the village without having to meet any requirements.

According to Department of Public Works Superintendent Brian Pelkey, the thermal imaging process is quite simple.

"Once it gets dark, we get right out there and do what we have to do," he explained. "We can do a house in five minutes."

The infrared camera snaps several shots of a house and then are uploaded to a computer. The photographs appear in bright colors ranging from yellow to purple.

"The brighter the color, the more heat [the house] is losing," said Pelkey.

Rivers knows first-hand what the thermal imaging can do. He had his home windows replaced with thermal pane glass and insulated his house several years ago. With the newly-purchased camera, he volunteered his home to be photographed, which proved the energy-saving techniques worked.

"I'm very pleased," said Rivers.

For more information about the insulation program, contact the village office at 297-5502. To set up an appointment for thermal imaging process, contact Pelkey at the village office, ext. 320.

Anayely Garcia is an intern with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Editor Sarah L. Cronk contributed to this report.

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