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Reduce Through Improving Efficiency

Making homes and businesses more energy efficient can reduce energy bills and help to protect the environment.

According to EPA ENERGY STAR, The annual energy bill for a typical single home is approximately $2,200. See where does the money go here.

Want to know much you are paying for the energy used by your appliances? Use the Appliance Energy Calculator to find out.
Take a room-by-room tour of ENERGY STAR @ home and learn what you can do save energy, save money and help protect our environment in your own home.
Special Offers and Rebates from ENERGY STAR Partners

Simple steps to improve the efficiency of homes or businesses:

      Appliance Rebate

Download More Energy Saving Ideas

Switch to Renewable Energy

Buy Renewable Energy
In Onondaga County, customers of NationalGrid or NYSEG may select to purchase clean electricity generated from renewable sources:

Available to everyone, the Sterling Wind™ Option offers 100% clean and renewable wind energy. You can enroll regardless of your utility provider.
Onsite Solar Electric for Homes/Businesses

Installing a solar electricity system at a residential and commercial building will offset electricity that otherwise has to be purchased from an utility company. NYSERDA will help pay for $1.75 per watt ($1,750 per KW) of the solar system.

Download NYSERDA incentive guideline

Material Recycling

Recycling Starts with You!
For Teachers - here is a dynamic educational program to help students build core skills as well as teach them important basics about paper recycling
Recycle Ziploc Bags and Containers
Schools can get paid for collecting Ziploc bags and containers for recycling. Plastic bag and container maker Ziploc has teamed with TerraCycle to increase recycling of its products

Green Communities in Onondaga County

Onondaga County is rich in community and grassroot efforts to conserve energy, switch to renewable sources, and adopt a green lifestyle.


Alliance for Clean Energy New York
Alliance for Clean Energy New York

Onondaga County Save The Rain Initiative
Onondaga County - Save The Rain

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Onondaga County Cornell Cooperative Extension

Upstate Green Business Network
Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) - Recycling and Trash Disposal

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club Iroquois Group of Central New York

Green University
Syracuse University Sustainability

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