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Smart Energy Choices: Regional Clean Energy Hub for the Southern Tier

Smart Energy Choices is a collaboration of Cornell Cooperative Extension offices of Broome, Chemung, Delaware, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins counties, and serves as theNYSERDA Regional Clean Energy Hub for the Southern Tier region. Our team brings over a decade of experience in energy work, including with theCommunity Energy Engagement Program,Ag Energy NY,Clean Energy Communities andHeatSmart Finger Lakes South.

As your Hub, we’re here to help you be more comfortable in your home and save money on your energy bills. We serve all residents, small businesses, affordable property and nonprofits in the Southern Tier region, with a focus on underserved or otherwise limited opportunity communities.

When you contact us, you’ll be connected to one of our trainedCommunity Energy Advisors, who can share resources on energy efficiency, clean heating and cooling, solar power, and more.

Here are some of the free services we offer:

  • Explain programs that can help with heating bills, drafty homes, heating systems, and solar and other clean energy
  • Help learn about jobs and job training in clean energy
  • Explain a home energy assessment and how it helps people
  • Help someone fill out an application for energy assistance programs
  • Explain the energy incentives available to a person or business
  • Direct income-eligible residents to home repair programs
  • Help learn how to make a home ready for energy improvements
  • Explain electric vehicles, charging stations, and vehicle rebates
  • Help find a contractor to make clean energy upgrades
  • Find a community solar program and help residents and businesses sign up for it

Contact a trained Community Energy Advisor who can help you learn about ways to save energy and money, and connect to resources, financial incentives, and local contractors.

  • Capital District: Serving Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties
  • Long Island: Serving Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • Mid-Hudson: Serving Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
  • Mohawk Valley: Serving Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie counties
  • Southern Tier: Serving Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

Get in touch with the contact listed below for your county to learn how the Smart Energy Choices program can help you reduce your energy use, save money, and improve the comfort of your home or commercial building.

Smart Energy Choices


Erica Herman (She/Her)
Smart Energy Choices Community Energy Advisor
607-535-7161 x3223

Last updated January 28, 2024