Town of Bedford to Recognize Homeowners and Katonah Village Library for Home Energy Improvements

Dec 18th 2012
Town of Bedford Court Room 321 Bedford Rd Bedford Hills, NY 10507
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Bedford, N.Y. – On Tuesday, December 18, at the Bedford Town Board Meeting at 8 p.m., the Town of Bedford and Bedford 2020 will recognize 12 homeowners and their certified contractors for their outstanding leadership in reducing home energy waste. Bedford residents who will be recognized at the event include Jason Cameron, Ann Costello, Alex Krolick, Nancy Vincent and Town of Bedford Police Chief, William Hayes along with 7 others.

This is the third home energy recognition event hosted by the Town of Bedford and Bedford 2020. There were two recognition events held last year, honoring the initial 51 homeowners who participated in Energize Bedford—the Town’s program to reduce energy waste and help homeowners save money.

Participants at Monday night’s event will receive a certificate and official program seal recognizing their homes as reducing energy consumption between 10 and 40 percent. The award demonstrates the importance the community and the Town of Bedford place on achieving its overall energy reduction goals. Along with contributing to the Town’s environmental goals, the Bedford homeowners who have completed energy retrofits to date will collectively be saving an estimated $75,000 annually on home energy costs.

In addition to these 12 residents, Van Kozelka, Director of the Katonah Village Library will be receiving a $500 check recognizing the Library as the winner of the Energize Community Challenge “Creative Genius” award. The library beat out several other local organizations competing to win this award for the most creative way to promote the Energize program to the Bedford community.

“We are thrilled to honor our Bedford neigbors for the important steps they are taking to help achieve our Town’s environmental goals, said Mary Beth Kass, co-president of Bedford 2020. “Together, they are making a big difference in reducing energy waste in our community, and at the same time, they are realizing significant cost-saving benefits. This program is a win-win for everyone.”

“Bedford 2020’s local leadership and community outreach efforts are key factors in the growing success of our program,” said Tom Bregman, Director of Energize Bedford and Energize New York. “We’re looking forward to this important recognition event.”

Bedford Town Supervisor Lee Roberts, a Bedford 2020 board member and key supporter of Energize Bedford, will be on hand to award the seals and certificates to the energy champions. “Bedford’s commitment to reducing energy use 20 percent by 2020 is exemplified by the people we will recognize on December 18th,” Roberts said. “I am pleased to participate in next week’s event and hope it will inspire more residents to seek comprehensive home energy upgrades.”

About Bedford 2020: The Bedford 2020 Coalition’s mission is to lead, organize and promote a community-wide effort to reduce Bedford’s greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and to create a sustainable community that conserves its natural resources. Learn more at

About Energize Bedford: Energize Bedford is a local home energy efficiency and savings program that will help Bedford 2020 meet a key goal of its Climate Action Plan: reducing carbon emissions and energy use 20% by 2020. By encouraging Bedford residents to get comprehensive home energy assessments – and to follow through with recommended Home Performance upgrades – Energize Bedford will help residents lower their oil and utility bills, achieve year- round comfort in their homes, reduce particulate air pollution, increase local construction employment and reduce Bedford’s overall energy use by addressing the largest single component (53%) of the town’s energy footprint. For more information, visit