With winter weather fast approaching, rising heating bills are becoming a concern for many homeowners, small business owners, and non-profit organizations. Fortunately, there is help available to those who would like to save on heating and utility bills without spending a lot of money up-front on energy efficiency improvements for their houses or office buildings: the Home Performance with Energy Starâ„¢ of Green Jobs Green New York (GJGNY).

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, there will be an open house and presentation about the Energy Efficiency Program at the Tioga County Office Building's Hubbard Auditorium located at 56 Main St. in Owego from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. and refreshments will be provided. Euphemia Martin, Southern Tier Regional Coordinator, will give the community a brief insight into the program, and how they can take advantage of incentives offered by the New York State Energy Research Authority (NYSERDA).

This program helps homeowners, small business owners, and non-profit organizations save money on their utility bills, make their houses and buildings more comfortable and healthy, and be more environmentally friendly. Grants between $5,000 and $10,000 and low-interest rate loans are available to qualified homeowners. The incentives are geared towards middle- and upper-income families, but low-income homeowners won't be left out in the cold: the GJGNY sister program, EmPower, offers similar energy efficiency assessments and upgrades, with no out-of-pocket costs to the homeowner.

For more information about the Home Performance Energy Efficiency Program or about the presentation, contact Euphemia Martin at (607) 723-0110 or email to emartin@ppefny.org. You can also visit www.upgradeupstate.org/SouthernTier.

Submitted by the Home Performance Energy Efficiency Program.