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Letters to the Editor August 18

August 17, 2016

Walking the walk in Mamakating

This letter is in response to Chuck Petersheim’s letter to The River Reporter in the August 11 edition. It appears that Chuck has spewed unsubstantiated accusations without knowing the facts. In his letter, he identified a modest real estate investment of mine (G-Mart) in the Town of Mamakating, stating that it “utilizes not one alternative energy or truly energy efficient product.”

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that the business has over the last year and a half partnered with Orange and Rockland (O&R) and instituted numerous energy-efficient programs that reduced the businesses energy use by 25% and demand by 30%, resulting in a total yearly reduction of approximately 150,000 kilowatts of electricity. The programs we instituted included:

• Installing new LED ceiling lighting

• Installing 30 new LED refrigeration-case lighting

• Replacing 85 case fans with state-of-the-art new energy-efficient motors

• Replacing frozen food heated door elements with energy-efficient elements

• Replacing parking lot lighting from high-output 420 watt incandescent bulbs to 120 watt energy-efficient LED bulbs

The total cost of the programs was approximately $70,000, of which O&R contributed a percentage. Ironically, I have also been asked by O&R to speak to other customers on their behalf attesting to the benefits of these programs. Moreover, we have been approved by NYSERDA for a financing program to retrofit open refrigeration cases with closed French doors, resulting in more energy saving.

In closing, any business that would like more information regarding the energy efficient programs available from O&R discussed above, can contact me directly at wgmart @gmail.com.

And Chuck, maybe we could sit down and you could buy me a drink at that new elegant resort in our town on 211 Mail Rd. and discuss the definition of walking the walk.

Jim Gutekunst,
Eldred, NY

Where were they in January?