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NYSE-STAR NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM LAUNCHED STATEWIDE

 NYSE-STAR NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM LAUNCHED STATEWIDE
 BINGHAMTON, N.Y., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- New York State Electric & Gas has officially announced its participation in the 1992 NYSE-STAR Program -- a statewide program for energy-efficient new home construction, announced Lorrie Maggio, staff residential program specialist at NYSEG's corporate office. The program was introduced today at the Binghamton Home Building and Remodeling Exposition.
 "NYSE-STAR homes are the direction of the future," says Irene Stillings, vice president-electric marketing for NYSEG. "NYSE-STAR uses a variety of energy-saving measures to help homebuyers use energy more efficiently while reducing their utility costs."
 Started as a pilot program in several NYSEG divisions last year, the NYSE-STAR program is a statewide effort that involves the New York State Builders Association, the New York State Energy Office, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and all seven major electric utilities in the state.
 This year, NYSE-STAR homes will be built across the state -- in all 12 NYSEG divisions: Auburn, Binghamton, Brewster, Elmira, Geneva, Hornell, Ithaca, Lancaster, Liberty, Mechanicville, Oneonta, and Plattsburgh, as well as the service territory of all seven major electric utilities. Each NYSE-STAR home is built to exceed New York State energy-efficient codes by 25 percent, with additional insulation in the floors, walls, and attic; insulated doors; and specially treated thermal pane windows. These homes also feature high-efficiency equipment, like water heating, space heating, and air conditioning systems.
 Some of the equipment now being used in NYSE-STAR homes will be displayed in NYSEG's exhibit at several home building and remodeling expositions across the state. These events include: the Ithaca Home Building and Remodeling Exposition on Feb. 21-23; the Elmira Home Building and Remodeling Exposition on Feb. 28-March 1; the Oneonta Home Building and Remodeling Exposition on March 13-15; and the Buffalo Home and Garden Show on March 14-22.
 The NYSEG home exhibit is a 20 x 40-foot structure with large graphic illustrations detailing the program's requirements and also features some examples of energy-efficient equipment. NYSEG representatives will be available at each event to explain some of the methods used for measuring a home's energy-efficiency, such as blower- door testing. In addition, a lighting display will demonstrate the energy saved when using compact fluorescent bulbs instead of standard incandescents.
 NYSE-STAR training sessions for builders are now scheduled in every NYSEG division. To become certified, builders must attend these sessions, work closely with NYSE-STAR representatives on the specifications of their NYSE-STAR homes, and follow field verification procedures to ensure compliance with the program.
 NYSE-STAR is an important part of NYSEG's new MaxiMiser Program, which is designed to help consumers save energy and money, conserve natural resources and improve the environment, cut dependence on foreign oil, and reduce the demand for new power plants. To help accomplish these goals, MaxiMiser has several programs for NYSEG's business and industrial, residential, and agricultural customers. These efforts include free energy analyses; rebates and incentives on energy-efficient lighting and heating equipment; and education information for a variety of publics. Also in 1991, NYSEG began its two-year Lions Club Light Bulb Program, which is designed to encourage NYSEG residential electric customers to try the latest technology in energy-efficient bulbs while helping the Lions support many charitable causes.
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 /CONTACT: Lorrie Maggio of NYSEG, 607-762-7398; or Julie Van Benthuysen of ICE Communications, 716-244-5400/
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