James City County Green Building Design Roundtable Promoting Energy Programs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steven W. Hicks, Manager of Development Management
Phone: (757) 253-6674
The James City County Green Building Design Roundtable continues to search for ways to promote the conservation of natural resources and encourage responsible energy usage for public and private facilities. The group, comprised of 26 members representing the private sector, James City County and Williamsburg/James City County Schools, has met monthly since March. According to James City County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Roundtable member Jim Kennedy, “We want to get as many County residents as possible to use and find ways to save energy. I am encouraged by the progress of the Roundtable participants in finding ways to promote and share programs to help customers conserve energy.”
Two examples of programs identified to help consumers conserve energy:
- energySMART - Virginia Natural Gas offers free programmable thermostats, rebates and more to help customers reduce their energy use and save money. For more information call 866-657-6278 or visit http://www.virginianaturalgas.com/Home/EnergySavings.aspx
- Federal Tax Credits – The Federal government offers tax credits at 30 percent of the cost – up to $1,500 – for items such as windows, water heaters and insulation for existing homes. Tax credits are also available at 30 percent of the total cost with no limit for larger items such as Geothermal heat pump systems and solar hot water systems for new and existing homes. Visit http://www.energystar.gov/taxcredits to learn more.
- The Roundtable has formed sub-committees to review funding, legislation, green design practices, sustainable development practices and more to help citizens and businesses improve their energy usage.
Board of Supervisors representative and Roundtable member, John McGlennon said, “We know that our citizens have a strong interest in conserving energy for both environmental and energy reasons. We’re trying to find the best ways to help them reach these goals.”
The Roundtable will meet on Monday, September 14 at 4 p.m. in Building F Board Room on Mounts Bay Road. For more information, visit the Roundtable’s website at jamescitycountyva.gov/agendas/greenbuilding/index.html.