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Attendees inspect electric vehicles at Central Hudson's Electric Vehicle Summit.
Summit serves Hudson Valley's thriving electric vehicle interest

More than 70 people attended Central Hudson's inaugural Electric Vehicle Summit on Tuesday. Local fleet managers and municipal representatives learned about the latest advances in electric transportation, interacted with industry experts and were able to inspect and test drive electric cars.

Reasons you should consider driving electric include:

  • Incentives: New York offers a rebate of up to $2,000 toward the purchase of an electric car and up to $7,500 in federal tax credits are also available. Auto manufacturers may also offer incentives, for example Nissan is offering a $5,000 rebate on the all-electric Leaf through Jan. 2, 2019.
  • Environmental benefit: In New York, emissions from electric cars are, on average, 85 percent less than those of gasoline-powered vehicles.
  • Improved range: Advances in battery technology have substantially extended the range of electric cars, some in excess of 200 miles. Many manufacturers also offer plug-in hybrid models that automatically switch to an on-board gasoline motor when the battery is low to extend the driving range.
  • Reduced operating cost: Electric cars cost 50 to 70 percent less per mile than gasoline-powered cars.

Learn more at www.CentralHudson.com/ElectricVehicles.

EV chargers available in CenHub Store
Find electric vehicle charging stations on sale in our CenHub Store. All chargers are outdoor rated, high power and universal. They include voice control, indicator lights and Wi-Fi enabled smartphone control.
Juicebox Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Oct. 31 is the deadline to enter our 2018 Light the Moment contest. To enter and earn a chance to win an ENERGYSTAR® certified appliance worth up to $1,500:

1) Snap a photo of a special moment of yourself, family members or friends.

2) Post the photo on Twitter OR Instagram using both hashtags #WinWithCentralHudson and #LightTheMoment. Or, you can upload the photo through this form on Facebook.

For complete rules and details, go to: www.centralhudson.com/lightthemoment.


Beware of impostor scams

Scammers are targeting utility customers nationwide and Central Hudson has received many reports of fraudulent phone calls targeting homeowners and businesses here in the Hudson Valley. Callers impersonating Central Hudson will often demand immediate payment with a prepaid, store-bought debit card. This type of demand is a sure sign of a scam. Also beware of callers claiming to represent Central Hudson who use pressure tactics. Some sophisticated scam dialers are even able to display Central Hudson's name and phone number on your caller ID.

If you are ever unsure of the authenticity of a call you receive regarding your Central Hudson account, hang up and contact us immediately. Learn more about common utility bill scams at CentralHudson.com/ScamCentral.


Don't miss your chance to win $500 by showcasing the beauty of fall in the Hudson Valley! Enter Central Hudson's Fall Foliage Photo Contest by Nov. 5 at noon. The finalist photos will be posted on our Facebook page and voting will be announced there.

» Contest Details

Home heating system inspection
Winter is coming – prepare your home now to stay safe

Prepare your home now so it can be a safe haven through the winter months. Be sure to ...

Get a heating system checkup: Your heating system should be serviced by a qualified HVAC professional each year to ensure safe and efficient operation.

Guard against carbon monoxide hazards: Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, potentially lethal gas. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every floor of your home, especially near heating equipment and bedrooms. Also, ensure proper ventilation of fuel-burning equipment and never operate generators, outdoor grills or any other fuel-burning devices intended for outdoor use indoors – including in your basement or garage. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, dizziness, nausea and loss of consciousness. If carbon monoxide is suspected, the building should be evacuated.

Storm readiness:

  • Have a family emergency plan. Check on any relatives, neighbors or friends who may need assistance in the event of a prolonged power outage.
  • Ensure you have working flashlights and batteries.
  • When severe weather is forecasted, be sure: you have all necessary medications; vehicles are fully fueled; mobile phones are charged; and you have an adequate supply of cash on hand.
  • If you have an electric water pump, keep an emergency supply of bottled water on hand for drinking and washing. If a major storm is forecast, fill your tub with water as an added reserve.
  • If you have a backup generator, be sure that it's properly installed by a licensed electrician. Never operate it indoors, including your basement or garage, which can cause a lethal buildup of carbon monoxide.
  • Sign up for our text message alerts to receive updates about outages and restoration work.

Central Hudson employees, state representatives and other professionals who specialize in helping low-income residents in the Mid Hudson Valley came together for our 18th Consumer Outreach Forum in October. Topics covered included: the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Central Hudson's Good Neighbor Fund, the Low Income Forum on Energy and other programs. There was also a special emphasis on assistance available for veterans and military families, including a veterans discussion panel and presentations on Central Hudson's Year of the Veteran and the Troops to Energy initiatives.

Information about payment assistance programs is available at www.centralhudson.com/paymentassistance.


Central Hudson receives award for employment program

Central Hudson was recently recognized as a winner of the 17th Annual National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Awards, presented by the Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance. NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

"Central Hudson's commitment to diversity in the workplace, inclusiveness and the belief that each and every person adds value to the community offers staff a work environment that is welcoming and accepting," said Dawn Wilson, Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance Chair and Arc of Dutchess Business Development Coordinator.

Central Hudson was cited for its work with The Arc of Ulster-Greene through a longstanding, 30-year partnership employing clients in the utility's recycling and resource recovery program. Since 1988, clients have sorted and refurbished more than 12 million pounds of salvageable materials, offering residents with developmental challenges meaningful work while providing a valuable and necessary service.

"The clients of The Arc of Ulster-Greene are hard-working and conscientious, and through the years have made positive contributions to both our operations and the community," said Charles A. Freni, President and CEO of Central Hudson. "We're inspired by their willingness to excel and in finding satisfaction in a job well done. Their work also saves resources and protects the environment by recycling reusable materials."

Some other ways Central Hudson is giving back to the communities we serve ...

Central Hudson employees volunteering at Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
Employees help Food Bank nourish people in need

Back to School Brigade aids Stewart military families

Central Hudson funds CO detector installation effort

Employees spruce up emergency shelter

Central Hudson sponsors, participates in Walk a Mile

Central Hudson sponsors Cary Institute contest
Time of Use billing explained

Have you considered signing up for our Insights+ and Time of Use Bundle? With our Time of Use rate option you can potentially reduce charges by shifting your energy usage to off-peak periods of the day. With Insights+, you can view hourly and daily energy usage data to track how much energy your home uses when you're away, or if there is a particular time of the day when your usage tends to increase. With Insights+ you'll have the data to make smart choices about saving energy.

When you sign up for the Insights+ and Time of Use bundle, you'll receive Insights+ at the discounted price of $1.99 per month. Watch the video above to learn more about both programs.

Electric meter
Please keep a clear path to meters

Please remember that it is important for all customers to keep a clear path to electric and gas meters and eliminate all obstructions. Examples of obstructions include snow, ice, vegetation overgrowth, storage boxes, garbage or any other kind of debris. If a customer's meter is not safely accessible, they will be issued an estimated bill for that period.

Regulations mandate a maximum fine of $25 per month for residential customers and no more than $100 for commercial customers per building or premises if access is not provided in a timely manner. It is important that utility personnel be provided access to meters when necessary not only for meter reads, but also for safety. Inspections of natural gas meters are conducted periodically for your safety and the safety of the general public.