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St. Edward the Confessor Brightens Future with Lower Energy Costs

PSEG Long Island’s Commercial Efficiency Program has saved St. Edward the Confessor Church and School in Syosset more than $12,500 on new energy-efficient lighting. Upgrades to the facility included replacing fluorescent fixtures and incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient LEDs, inside and outside the facility. All the labor required to carry out these efficiency upgrades was generously provided by members of the Joseph J. Gorman Council #5091 of the Knights of Columbus in Syosset.

“With these upgrades, St. Edward the Confessor is saving money with an eye toward the future by reducing its kilowatt-hour usage,” said Michael Voltz, director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, PSEG Long Island. “We congratulate and thank the board for reducing its carbon footprint and saving energy — doing its part to provide a safer, cleaner and greener environment for its community.”

By making these improvements, it is estimated St. Edward will reap significant savings of more than 31,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and $5,600 annually on its electric bill.

“Any project requires funds for materials and labor,” said Don MacAvoy, chancellor of the Knights of Columbus Council and parishioner at St. Edward the Confessor. ”With the help of the Knights of Columbus and PSEG Long Island, we were able to cut costs for both. The Knights of Columbus provided the labor for free while a rebate from PSEG Long Island reduced material costs,” The PSEG Long Island team was extremely helpful and assisted us in any way they were able. The money we saved can now be used to continue our work assisting our local community.”

Independent annual evaluations by Opinion Dynamics Corporation have found PSEG Long Island’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs generate energy savings that are cost-effective. For 2018, Opinion Dynamics found that the PSEG Long Island Energy Efficiency Programs generated $2.00 in benefits to the utility and its customers for every $1.00 in costs to operate the program, including rebates.


For more information on PSEG Long Island’s available residential and commercial rebates and incentives, as well as energy saving tips, please visit


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