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About the Challenge

The Central New York Energy Challenge is a fun and FREE program to encourage area residents, businesses, municipalities, institutions, and industrial facilities to take action to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, reduce their emissions, and all the while staying comfortable and saving money. Launched in 2011 by the Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board, the Energy Challenge provides in-depth guides to conservation actions, energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy programs/incentives, as well as practical information about savings and cost. Renters and homeowners, adults and youth, businesses and institutions, Central New Yorkers from Auburn to Utica and everywhere in between are using the Energy Challenge to learn about energy efficiency and to take action!

Challenge FAQs


Who runs the Central New York Energy Challenge?

The Challenge is an initative of the Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board (CNY RPDB).  For more information on CNY RPDB and their mission, visit their website ““.


How much does it cost to take the Energy Challenge?

Nothing!  The Energy Challenge is FREE, including materials and presentations.


Do I live in Central New York? Can I participate in the Central New York Energy Challenge?

Right now, membership with the Central New York Energy Challenge is limited to residents of Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.  If you are a resident, business, non-profit, municipality, or any other entity in these 5 counties, you can participate.


Can renters participate in the Central New York Energy Challenge?

DEFINITELY.  We know what it’s like to have limited options when it comes to energy choices in your living space.  Never fear, we have plenty of information on what renters can do to help save money and stay comfortable in your apartment or home.


How do I take the Energy Challenge?

Simple – Sign up to Form an Energy Challenge Team, Take the Energy STAR Pledge, or set up an Energy Challenge Event in your community. Also browse the website and identify actions that you could take to help save money and reduce your energy use.  Once you’ve found an action you like, take that action and then share your experience with us.  It’s cool.


How can I find out how my home’s energy performance compares to others in Central New York?

If you are interested in a more in-depth analysis of your home’s energy usage, check out the Home Energy Saver, a web-based self-audit tool provided by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  This is a detailed and sophisticated tool which will ask for technical information.