Clarkstown to Host ‘Smart Home/Smart Choices’ Event for Residents

(New City, NY) – The Town of Clarkstown continues promoting environmental awareness by hosting ‘Smart Home/ Smart Choices’ at Pascack Community Center, 87 New Clarkstown Road in Nanuet on April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The free event consists of an expo with approximately 25 booths that will provide information on affordable energy saving and water conservation actions, and practices for inside and outside residents’ homes.  Topics to be covered include:

  • home energy assessments,
  • energy efficient heating and cooling systems,
  • weatherization,
  • photovoltaic installation,
  • water saving devices and techniques
  •  rain barrels, rain gardens, xeriscaping, mulching, and composting.

There will also be a few short workshops presented by NYSERDA, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Doug McDonald, Passive House Expert at 10 am and repeated at 11:30am including:

  • Get Set ($ave Energy Togethe)
  • Flooding and Drainage Around Your Home
  • What is so special about Passive House? How can you heat a house with a hair dryer
  • Composting
  • How to make a rain barrel?

There will be an environmental craft/activity available for children between the ages of 4 and 10.  Residents are also encouraged to bring 12 to 24 months of their utility bills or their O&R account number to receive a free or reduced cost home energy audit by NYSERDA.

“The Town of Clarkstown continues leading municipalities throughout the county and state in fostering environmental awareness,” said Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack. “This event will highlight the many actions residents can take to make their homes more eco-efficient while saving money.”

“I am very excited that Clarkstown is hosting Smart Home/Smart Choices,” said Councilwoman Shirley Lasker, who organized and initiated the event. “This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to learn and discuss a variety of issues concerning our environment, their homes, and properties.”

The Town’s partners in organizing this event include Cornell Cooperative Extension, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Tony Lisanti, home energy rater, and Melissa Guardaro, environmental advocate.

For more information about this event please call 639-2056.