How to Make Your New Home More Comfortable and Save Money Doing It

  |  February 11, 2021

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Congratulations on your new place! As any homeowner can tell you, moving is an exciting—but expensive—endeavor. Here in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Central Hudson offers rebates and incentive programs* to help reduce expenses and your carbon footprint while increasing the comfort of your home. From easy do-it-yourself options to larger projects, you can choose which upgrade options work best for you.

Switch Your Lights to LEDs

Upgrading just six incandescent light bulbs to LEDs can equal $90 of yearly savings. Shop the lighting section of local retailers such as Hannaford, Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and Dollar Tree for special discounts on LEDs. Look for Central Hudson signage.

Use Water-Saving Devices

Switching to just one newer, more efficient water-saving showerhead will save the average family up to 2,900 gallons of water a year, according to the EPA. Shop name brand water fixtures and gain access to reduced pricing, which you’ll find courtesy of Central Hudson at local Home Depot locations.

New Home, New Appliances

If you’re upgrading your refrigerator or freezer, Central Hudson will pick up your older working refrigerator or freezer, properly recycle it, and pay you $100! Schedule a pick-up today.

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Heating and Cooling Equipment Upgrades

If your HVAC system is older than ten years old, or if you are just looking for a more efficient heating system than your current oil or propane system, consider the following options:

Natural Gas

Converting to natural gas can save money in the long-term, lower your carbon footprint, and even increase your home’s resale value by about four percent. In 2020, natural gas prices were the lowest in decades. Natural gas appliances are also 97 percent efficient, and they provide comfort in your home by quickly heating living spaces.

Heat Pumps

Where natural gas is not available, air- or ground-source heat pumps are a cost-saving, energy-efficient alternative to traditional furnaces and air conditioners. Central Hudson helps customers cover the upfront investment of installing a partial or whole-home heat pump system with rebates and incentives that can easily add up to thousands of dollars, depending on the size and age of your home. These heat pumps are two-in-one systems and provide both heating and air-conditioning for year-round comfort.

Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters

Instant $1,000 rebates are available on electric heat pump water heater upgrades, which are more energy efficient than standard electric water heaters.

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Renewable Energy Options

If you’re looking for the benefits of solar without the installation costs, you can subscribe to a share of a community solar farm through the Clean Energy Marketplace and save up to 10 percent on bill credits annually.

Central Hudson is your neighborhood resource for energy efficiency and savings. Choose which upgrades are right for your home. For more information, visit Centralhudson.com/Incentives.

*Rebates and incentives for customers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric only.

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