The PUSH Green Friends & Neighbors Program & Marc Hunt

The PUSH Green Friends & Neighbors Program & Marc Hunt

On Friday, October 19, the PUSH Green staff were joined by friends, neighbors, homeowners, contractors, workers, and community leaders. City of Buffalo Delaware District Council member Mike LoCurto, Erie County Legislator Lynn Marinelli, and Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana were also on hand. We gathered at the home of PUSH Green "Friends and Neighbors" participant Marc Hunt. We came on the last day of Marc’s energy efficiency installation, to hear from everyone who participated in the process, and learn about the experience.

Our new partner, Delaware District Council member LoCurto, announced his excitement to have PUSH Green in his district. “Far too often, middle class families fall through the cracks when it comes to finding programs to help them with ever-increasing energy costs,” said Council member Michael LoCurto. “PUSH Green helps to fill that gap, and stays to help homeowners every step of the way. I am so pleased that we will be able to have them work with my constituents in North Buffalo“.

Homeowner Marc Hunt had insulation put in to his attic and walls. “I knew my home wasn’t insulated, and when I was on the second floor, I could feel the cold air from the attic. It’s only been a day but already I think I can tell a difference,” he reported. As a member of the Friends and Neighbors bundle, Marc received additional discounts off the total cost of his work, and turned to his PUSH Green Community Energy Advocate, Alex Kuttesch, when he needed support through the process.

Hunt will be paying back his work through NY State’s On Bill Recovery, which lets him make convenient payments right through his utility bill. “It really is so easy", he said. PUSH Green was able to explain all parts of the program and help him create a work plan that was right for him.

The contractors who do energy efficiency work within PUSH Green are accredited by the Building Performance Institute, and use a "whole house" perspective to evaluate your home’s efficiencies. “Why wait until you have an emergency such as a broken furnace, and address issues piece-by-piece?” asked PUSH Green Friends and Neighbors Contractor Brian Paterson of New Buffalo Impact. By examining how every part of your home works together, the Friends and Neighbors contractors create plans that are the healthiest, and most cost-effective for your home.

Finally, PUSH Green Friends and Neighbors contractors do right by their workers and the community. They agree to pay family sustaining wages with benefits, and hire local workers. On Friday, we heard from Ken Robinson, who had recently been hired by New Buffalo Impact, thanks to the collective work of the PUSH Green team. He has gone from“kitchens to crawlspaces” and couldn’t be happier about his new transition. Robinson has received dozens of hours of training and is excited to have a new career in which he helps WNY become a leader in energy efficiency.

PUSH Green is so excited to expand our program to the rest of the Town of Tonawanda, and North Buffalo. We know that great stories, like those of Marc Hunt and Ken Robinson, will continue to multiply. For more information go to www.pushgreenwny.org or call (716) 886-1780.

 #staygreen and #LIVEBetter friends!

 

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