Boost Your Energy Savings & Benefit Your Community: Feb. 1 LWV Breakfast Forum

Richard Cherry, a long-time Larchmont resident and the founding president of the nonprofit Community Environmental Center (CEC), will speak at the Nautilus Diner on Friday, February 1st about how local homeowners can save money by saving energy. Cherry will be joined by Kyle Rabin, Program Director at GRACE Communications Foundation, who will talk about how energy, food and water systems intersect in our communities.

The breakfast, organized by the Larchmont/Mamaroneck League of Women Voters as part of its 2013 Conservation Civics Initiative, has the overall goal of encouraging local residents to “Keep Money in Your Pocket: Boost Your Property Energy Savings & Benefit Your Community.” It will take place on Friday, February 1st from 8:15 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at the Nautilus Diner, 1240 Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. The cost for full breakfast is $8; no RSVP is necessary.

“Saving energy may be the most important goal for Americans in the 21st Century,” says Cherry, who founded CEC in 1994 to bring sustainability to houses and residential buildings in the New York Metropolitan Area. “Saving energy will help us combat climate change – an urgent goal if we want to leave a healthy and safe planet for the generations that come after us.”

Cherry added, “Saving energy can also enhance the value of a home. People no longer want to buy houses or apartments that come with exorbitant heating and electric bills. That way of life is not good for families, not good for communities like Larchmont and Mamaroneck, and it’s not good for the environment.”

Elisabeth N. Radow, president of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck chapter of the League of Women Voters and chair of the Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment of the League of Women Voters of New York State, is the force behind this educational forum. Her goal: to make our tri-municipality area “climate-smart.”

Radow is asking attendees to track their electric, gas or oil consumption by setting up an account or, or with their oil company. “Compile your annual consumption for 2012,” Radow urges. “Bring this information with you, so we can compare consumption usage and patterns with friends and neighbors.“

“We are fortunate to have these two experts help us learn how to better harness the energy we use, so that it benefits our wallets and the environment,” Radow added. “It is a great first step in this year-long conservation civics initiative to educate ourselves about how to consume smarter, save money and help fund local climate-smart projects like the upgrade to our outdated Town Ice Rink energy system.”

This event will be taped for rebroadcast by LMC-TV, our local cable TV network.