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NYSEG Looking to Boost Energy Efficiency in Qualifying Western New York Apartments and Condominiums

Rochester, NY – Upon request, NYSEG contractor RISE Engineering will conduct free lighting assessments of 5- to 50-unit apartment or condominium buildings in the Lancaster and Lockport areas during the coming weeks. RISE will then install energy-saving compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) at no charge in up to six fixtures in each dwelling. Rebates of up to 50% of the cost of replacing common-area lighting with energy-efficient lighting in qualifying multi-unit residences are also being offered.

Owners or managers of qualifying properties with NYSEG electricity service may request a lighting assessment by contacting RISE Engineering (1.800.444.5668) or NYSEG (1.800.995.9525). Apartment and condominium buildings with less than 5 units or more than 50 units per building are not eligible for this program, but may be eligible for other state-funded energy programs.

“Simply switching to compact fluorescent bulbs that use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times as long as comparable incandescent bulbs will help cut energy bills,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Making the switch will also mean that we need to generate less electricity to meet demand and that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Robert DeWeese, construction manager for Morgan Management, owner of apartment complexes in many states, said that NYSEG’s program, “allowed us to take advantage of the CFL upgrades to get ahead of the incandescent phase-out.  We have also noticed the savings in our energy bills. For a company our size, these small savings from each property snowball into huge savings very quickly.”