Ways residents and businesses in the community can participate in efforts led by the local government to reduce GHG emissions and build community resiliency to climate change:
List of actions that residents & businesses can undertake
|Have your house energy audited||Getting a home energy audit allows you to identify ways to improve your home's efficiency. Help lower your energy and heating bills and reduce your carbon footprint!||https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/At-Home/Home-Energy-...|
|NYSERDA energy audits for small businesses and NFPs||For small business owners in our community, audits are also available for small businesses to reduce your energy costs.||https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Small-Commercial-Energy...|
|Get an EV||Purchasing an electric vehicle is a great way to show your love for the planet, and can also earn you tax rebates or credits!||https://fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml|
|Westchester Power is already providing Village of Pelham residents with 100% clean energy- dont opt out!||The default supply for the Village of Pelham residents is 100% renewable energy!||www.sustainableweatchester.org/wp|
|Go solar by adding solar panels to your home or business|
Another way to have clean electricity for your home and to qualify for tax credits, is to purchase solar panels.
|Save on your energy bill while supporting local solar projects through Community Solar||Community Solar allows utility customers - homeowners, renters, nonprofits, places of worship and many local businsesse to support local, clean energy produced by a community solar farm, while benefiting from guarenteed savings, with no cost to join or cancel!||https://sustainablewestchester.org/solar/|
|Join the Green Business Partnership||As a small business owner, you are also eligible to join the Green Business Partnership! You will be given tools that help you make your business greener and more efficient.||https://climatechange.westchestergov.com/join-westchester-green-business|
|Use Energy Star certified appliances & products||If you are in the market for new appliances, consider purchasing an Energy Star appliance and lowering your energy usage. You also may qualify for credits.|
|Buy local, seasonal produce||We are lucky to be in an active community in Westchester! Go out to a local farmer's market and purchase locally grown produce. This helps support local business, and reduces the miles your food travels to you!|
|Grow your own produce||Plant a vegetable garden to reduce food miles. Most vegetables can be grown in containers and planters if you don't have room for raised beds on your property.|
|Use public transportation||We have many sustainable public transportation options available to us in Pelham. Changing your mode of transport can reduce your impact on the environment.|
Ride the Bus! https://transportation.westchestergov.com/bee-line
Take the Train! http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm
Ride a bike!
|Carbon calculator/audit your footprint||To reduce your footprint on the planet, you need to know first what your impact is! Take a carbon footprint test to understand ways for you to reduce your impact on the environment.|
|Sustainable landscaping equipment||Reduce use of gas-powered leaf blowers through public education, increased enforcement of existing laws, and pursuing further restrictions|
|Shop local and consignment/second hand stores/upcycle center/events||Need something new? Consider buying it used! Have something broken? Consider trying to have it fixed! Going to throw something gently used away? Consider giving it to a neighbor!|
Shop local! http://www.pelchamber.com/
Use second hand websites : Craigslist, Poshmark, Thredup
Take advantage of our Pelham Facebook Groups to trade with neighbors!
|Plant trees/maintain trees||Trees have a massive impact on our urban environment. Take care of your urban ecology by protecting the trees near your home.||https://www.pelhamgov.com/climate-smart-communities-task-force/pages/eco...|