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Currently we are just getting started on this important project and need your help!

If you are a local food source or know of one, please send business name, street address, mailing address and phone number. Also indicate which of the categories below best apply.

     • Farms and CSAs
     • Orchards & Vineyards
     • Farmers Markets & Co-ops
     • Nurseries & Garden Centers
     • Local Food Processors
     • Local Food Stores
     • Local Food Restaurants

The first four categories are obvious. The last three defy a clear cut definition. At this time we are trying to identify those business that place a priority on local food, so if a processor uses a number of key local ingredients - that's good. If a food store or restaurant makes an effort to source food locally and when they have local food promotes it, that is good too.

To keep the maps cleaner, we are not including national brands like Home Depot, Walmart and others who sell some local products and gardening supplies. They have enough of an advertising budget for themselves.  

When using the maps, please observe the business' public access policy. If the pin is still blue, you should call and ask what their policy is before traveling to their site.

If you have any questions, please contact: Website Support

Thank you for your help!

Find local food button      Access Local Food Maps by clicking this graphic in upper right corner of Home page!










Membership Drive!

The Capital Region has long had small groups of individuals who are aware that declining energy availability will be a disruptive problem to all of us in the not too distant future, as it is already for those in the Middle East and Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, and for those unable to pay for heat or electric.

Unfortunately, it takes more time and energy (gasoline in this case) to meet and work together on meaningful projects than many can now manage. 

The idea behind our Community is to enable we who are aware (existing groups - the choir) to get together, to develop & share information, to begin to make improvements, and to form and grow local groups (neighborhoods - large and small), all without using a lot of gasoline and at a time and place of our choosing (on the internet through this Community). And, to encourage those just becoming aware to get involved, without great effort or initial commitment, sooner rather than later.

The idea is to provide a mechanism to engage, educate and motivate individuals to improve their personal situation and then become involved in area group activities. To provide a mechanism that facilitates communication across the region and can publicize and support region-wide initiatives. This Community is primarily a communication tool, but with a sufficient base, it will be a very effective tool to connect the region in an interactive and positive way, as we work to reduce our dependence on oil. 

This is just a beginning, but we must begin somewhere!

We need 1000 members to gain some traction; anything less will just make us another small group and leave us unable to connect with "the Region" in a meaningful way.

I believe this Community can contribute to developing the level of awareness and support that will be necessary to make the kind of changes required. I would appreciate your help in making this happen. Here are some ways we can work together:Oeic bannerstand

  1. Ask your family, friends, neighbors and contacts to join our Community – it is free and very convenient! Use our Member sample letter as a starting point to mail an invitation along with a copy of our Community Intro – see Resources below.
  2. Suggest groups I can meet with in person to introduce to our Community and answer questions. Send group names and contact information, so I can setup a visit, to DanG@OEIC.us.
  3. Become a blogger – this can be a one time effort to share your experience on how you save energy (home, transportation, or food) or become part of a blog team and post regularly. We also need subject experts, writers, reporters, organizers, and coordinators. Email: Blog@OEIC.us
  4. Help find bloggers and other contributors. We need people who understand the problem and have some expertise or experience to share. For someone you feel might want to be a contributor, send a version of our Blogger sample letter and a copy of Bloggers Wanted – see Resources below.
  5. Suggest ideas on how to improve our Community, recruit members, help people save energy, or any other ideas you think might help. Submit suggestions through our Suggestion form.

Thank you for any help you can provide. I’m confident that together we will make a difference!

Dan Gibson
Reporter and Chief Coordinator


PDF document:   Community Intro


PDF document:   Bloggers Wanted


PDF document:   Member sample letter


PDF document :   Blogger sample letter

We thank all who opened their homes and those who visited to lean in yesterday’s Solar Tour!

Blog Teams

Join Our Blog Teams

See Bloggers Wanted below.  Contact: Blog@OEIC.us


PDF document:   Bloggers Wanted


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Send Us A Suggestion

Use the form below to suggest ideas on how to improve our Community, recruit members, help people reduce their energy use or any other ideas you think might help.

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Ask Our Team

We want to help you become less energy dependent. A lot of people don't get started because they don't have any help. Please ask questions about any of our blog categories. We don't know all the answers, but we can get you started!

I will get back to you with and an answer if our group has one, or we might suggest a local expert to investigate further. We will also use the questions as guidance for our blog research and writing. So, don't hesitate, Ask!

Thank you,

Dan Gibson
Reporter & Chief Coordinator

Initial Sponsors

During the initial phase of this community, sponsors are by invitation only.

There is a limit of three sponsors per category.

I am sharing business I know directly through my efforts as a home energy auditor or businesses that have been recommended to me. 

Later we will open sponsorship to other good businesses.

Thank you for your interest in our Community.

Dan Gibson

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Tell A Friend About This Site

If you find our Community interesting and helpful, please tell your friends!

Just fill out the form below. Thank you!

Legal Rights

Last Updated 9/28/11

Contracts need to have a set of standard legal clauses that ensure their effectiveness. These include our policies regarding legal indemnifications, disclaimers of liability, arbitration rules, integration clauses, and other legal issues. Especially important are a description of legal procedures you must take if you believe that anything you find in our Website infringes a copyright you own (or if you’re accused of infringing someone else’s copyright).

We’ve tried our best to translate the legalese of these rights and responsibilities into readable English and encourage you to dig through them if you’re interested in participating in our Website. It’s always important to know your legal rights and obligations.

1.  Your agreement with our Community Policies

If you visit our site or participate in any way, or use any of the products or services, you automatically agree to all the terms and conditions or our Community Policies. When we refer to “these Terms,” we’re including all of the information in these documents. If you don’t agree with any of these Terms, you shouldn’t visit or participate in our Website.

2.  Claims of copyright infringement: Takedown Notices and Counter-Notices

If you believe that any content in our Website infringes a copyright you own — or if someone accuses of infringing their property in our Website — you may have to take some legal steps.  This section explains how the law works. It’s really not that complicated, but if you want to protect your rights, you’ll need to follow these instructions closely.

If you think your copyright is being infringed by some of our Website content, we’ll remove it upon receiving a takedown notice from you. The procedure is described in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act § 512(c) and this is how it works.

You should email us at Admin@OEIC and request a confirmation of receipt, or mail it via the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS, or some other delivery service with a proof-of-delivery receipt to:

Copyright Administrator
Our Energy Independence Community (OEIC)
9 Diamond Road
Ballston Lake, NY  12019

In order to fully protect your rights, a takedown notice must include:

  1. A copy of the work you claim to be infringed. If you claim infringement of multiple works, you may include a list that identifies each item;
  2. The URL of the page where the infringing material is posted;
  3. Your contact information including physical address, telephone number, and email address;
  4. A statement that you have a good-faith belief that the allegedly infringing material has been posted or distributed without authorization by the copyright owner, its agents, or a relevant law or government regulation;
  5. A statement that “under penalty of perjury, the information contained in this notification is accurate” and that you are (or are authorized to act on behalf of) the true copyright owner;
  6. Your physical or electronic signature.  A brief description of electronic signatures can be found in the Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_signature.

When we receive a proper takedown notice, we immediately launch an investigation. If we find your claim plausible (and the standard is low — better safe than sorry), we’ll remove or block access to the offending content, and will try to do so within 48 hours. We’ll also promptly notify the person who posted the content.

If we remove or block material that you have posted because someone else claims that it infringes a valid copyright, you can contest that claim in a counter-notice. You should promptly send the counter-notice to us through any of the acceptable methods for sending takedown notices. If your counter-notice substantially complies with the legal requirements listed below, we will restore your material no later than within 14 days of receipt, regardless of whether it is ultimately determined that your material actually does infringe. If the person filing the original takedown notice sues you in court, however, we can’t legally restore your material until the court case concludes.

Your counter-notice must include:

  1. Identification of the removed material and, if possible, the URL of the page where it had been posted;
  2. A statement that, under penalty of perjury, you have a good-faith belief that the material was removed because of a mistake or misidentification;
  3. Your contact information, including physical address, telephone number, and email address;
  4. A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your physical address is located. If you don't live in the United States, you may substitute any federal judicial district in which OEIC may be found (which is any jurisdiction in the U.S.). You must also state that you consent to accept service of process from the person who submitted the takedown notice “in compliance with section (c)(1)(C) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act”;
  5. Your physical or electronic signature.

3.  Indemnification

As on any website that accepts user content, it’s possible that you may become involved in a legal controversy related to your participation in our Website. Legal issues can arise, for example, from somebody’s unauthorized use of your name or account, problems with content you make available to our Website, or some other violation of somebody else’s rights or of these Terms. Somebody might, for example, accuse you of using our Website for copyright or trademark infringement, defamation, or violation of rights of publicity or privacy. It’s unlikely, but these things occur.

If they happen to you, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold us harmless from liability, losses, costs, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred in connection with such claims against you. This extends to our employees and volunteers, Sponsor employees and volunteers, our Members, and others involved in providing content, services or licenses to our Website.

If such a controversy forces us into court, we also reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of our defense and you agree to cooperate with our defense.

4.  Disclaimers

We do our best to ensure that our Website is a reliable, accurate and useful resource. If anything happens to compromise those goals, we do our best to fix the problem as soon as we learn of it.

But despite our best efforts, there’s always the possibility of problems that occur without our knowledge, that aren’t under our control, or that we can’t fix fast enough to prevent you from being inconvenienced. We disclaim any responsibility for any of the following:

5.  Arbitration

We may choose to resolve any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Terms or to your use of our Website resources by entering binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim will be arbitrated on an individual basis and will not be consolidated into any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party.  Arbitration will be conducted in Saratoga County in New York State and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Either you or we may seek interim or preliminary relief from a court of competent jurisdiction in New York, as necessary to protect our or your rights or property (or our agents, suppliers, and subcontractors), pending completion of arbitration.

6.  Miscellaneous Legal Rights and Obligations

Waiver.  Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms does not mean that we waive those rights or provisions.

Statutes of Limitations.  You agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of our Community or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

Integration.  These Terms, including all terms, conditions, and policies that are incorporated into these Terms by reference, constitute the entire agreement between you and OEIC and govern your use of our Website, superseding any prior agreements that you may have with us.

Choice of Law / Choice of Venue.  These Terms shall be construed in accordance with the laws of New York State, and the parties irrevocably consent to bring any action to enforce these Terms before an arbitration panel in Saratoga County, New York, or before a New York court of competent jurisdiction if seeking interim or preliminary relief or enforcement of an arbitration award.

Severability.  If any part of these Terms is found to be invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original, and the remainder of these Terms shall remain in effect.

Legal Compliance.  Our Website, like any website, is subject to federal, state, and local laws. Nothing contained in these Terms limits our right or legal duty to comply with governmental, court, and law-enforcement requests or requirements relating to your participation or membership in our Website.


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Privacy Policy

Last Updated 9/28/11

1.  About our Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, store, share and use the personal information that you may give us.

2.  The types of information you give us

When you join our Website, you may provide us with personally identifying information, such as your name, email address, physical address, or other information.

Like most commercial websites, we identify and save the web browser type and IP address of computers that accesses our Website. We may use this data anonymously in aggregate for administrative and maintenance applications, such as traffic analysis and hardware diagnostics.

We may also create small files called “session cookies” that we store on your hard drive and delete when you leave our Website. These files track your movements, selections and clicks while visiting our Website and provide temporary storage for the data necessary to navigate our Website. Our session cookies are used to make our Website work more smoothly and contain no personally identifying information. We never connect any personally identifying information stored on our secure servers with the usage and behavior records stored in a session cookie.

Your browser may also allow websites to create “persistent cookies” that are not automatically erased when you leave the site that created them. If we ever store personally identifying information in a persistent cookie, we will encrypt them so that no one else can read your personal data. If you don't want to allow persistent cookies on your computer, all modern web browsers let you easily disable this feature.

3.  How we use the information you give us

We will not share, sell, or in any way provide any of your personal information with anyone (other members, Sponsors or partners) without your express written permission. Only employees and volunteers of OEIC and our Website developers will have any access to your information and then only when absolutely necessary to maintain our Website or complete transactions that you authorize.  We will, for example, forward your name and email address to a Sponsor when you send a message or otherwise initiate some inquiry or transaction with that particular Sponsor. We will never give your name and email address to a third-party marketing firm.

These protections do not apply to personally identifying information that you voluntarily post on publicly accessible pages on our Website. If you deliberately display personal information to the public, you obviously can’t later claim confidentiality. We are thus not responsible if someone else misuses such publicly published data and we’re not obligated to keep it secret.

We will archive data, including personally identifying information that you provide to our Community, as part of our system backup and recovery procedure. We store that information on servers that are secured and accessed under our control solely by us and our development and hosting service provider to support our Website. Personal information will not ordinarily be erased until you terminate your membership in our Website and, even then, we may retain some or all of your data in backup files.

We may use your personally identifying information anonymously and in aggregate to help us better manage our Website and improve our services. These applications (such as statistical analyses, auditing and research, and performance reports) will not allow other parties to personally identify you. If, for example, we include your physical address when counting the number of users we have in each city, we would not publish that data in a format that would allow third parties to identify your city of residence.

4.  How we protect the information you give us

We take appropriate precautions to protect our Members’ personally identifying information.  Personal data resides on a secure server behind a firewall and the contents of our cookies (as described above) are always encrypted.  But because all security measures are subject to circumvention, we cannot unequivocally guarantee our ability to prevent unauthorized access to information you provide us.

5.  Sharing your information with third parties

We may share demographic data with third parties, including Sponsors with which we have a business relationship, such as numbers of members in our geographic region or by city. And we may, for example, provide information that is directly related to the business activities of service providers that help us run our Website more efficiently.

Although rare, it’s possible that we may be compelled to disclose personal information by a lawful demand, such as a subpoena or court order, and we may decide to share personal information believe necessary to comply with any other law or government regulation, or to protect our legal interests or property.  This might involve sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents, or government agencies. Unless legally barred from doing so, we will notify you if your personal information is disclosed this way.

6.  Links

This Privacy Policy applies solely to us, our Website, and our Online Community and other products and services we may offer. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of websites that you may access by clicking a link on our site.

7.  Sponsor advertising

Advertisements that appear on our Website are delivered to us by our Sponsors. We require that these ads do not contain any cookies and that accessing them only opens the Sponsor’s page on our Website. If you then choose to open their website, these companies may download their own cookies to your computer in order to facilitate navigation of their site or to identify your system the next time you connect with them. Such data-tracking also allows advertising networks to deliver targeted ads that they believe will be of interest to you. We have no access to or control over these third-party cookies.

If you do not want to receive Sponsor specials as part of our Newsnotes, you may opt out by “unsubscribing” at the bottom of the NewsNote.

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Sponsor Guidelines

Coming Soon

Community Guidelines

Last Updated 9/28/11

We have the right to suspend or terminate your membership or otherwise ban your access to and participation in our Website if you behave in any way that we consider inappropriate, unlawful, or illegal or that otherwise violates these Community Guidelines.

  1. You agree not to post messages, photographs, sound recordings, video clips, text files, or any other information or media, or otherwise participate in our Website in any way that is fraudulent, unlawful, or that violates another person’s rights. This includes activities like copyright or trademark infringement, defamation, and violation of someone’s right to privacy or publicity.
  2. You will not use our Website to distribute or upload malware, including viruses, Trojan horses, phishing spam, or adware, or to do anything else that might cause harm to anyone’s computer systems or data. You may not use our Website as a way to collect or hoard personal information about our Members.
  3. You may not solicit or advertise for your or anyone else’s profit anywhere in our Website, except that, when you contribute a blog, you may provide a short (less than 10% of the blog’s word content) writer’s profile at the end of the blog that may refer to your business and include a link to your member profile and a single internet link.  If your business or employer is eligible to be a Sponsor, you must instead participate as a Sponsor (and agree to Sponsor Guidelines) or have specific written permission to post a blog with any business reference in the writer’s profile or blog.
  4. In your Member profile, you may indicate anything about you and the business you own or are employed by, whether you are employed by a Sponsor or not, as long as doing so doesn’t violate any of these guidelines or reference another’s business. You may include one link in your profile.
  5. When posting a comment or other Content to our Website post it only in one place, the most appropriate place. Multiple postings of comments is annoying and considered spam.
  6. In your Member signature, you may reference your business or your employer.
  7. Your avatar may be a personal likeness or some symbol or creature, but it cannot be a business logo or reference.
  8. You will not use this Website for harassment or offensive behavior, such as posting libelous, slanderous, abusive, or defamatory content or racist, pornographic, obscene, threatening, or offensive language.
  9. You will not modify, sell, reverse-engineer, decompile, or disassemble any part of our Website, software, products or cause or help others to do so.
  10. You will not impersonate any person or entity or falsify or delete author attributions when participating in the Community.
  11. You may post links to our Website on third-party websites, but will not otherwise frame, embed, link to, or mirror any part of our Web site without our prior express written consent.
  12. You will not use metatags or any other software mechanisms or third-party services that refer to our Website or direct Internet users to or from our site for any purpose.
  13. You will not use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, search-optimization tools, adwords, or other manual or automatic device or process to retrieve, index, data mine, or otherwise reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of our Website or its contents.
  14. You will not forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any information transmitted to, from, or through our Website.
  15. You will not remove any copyright, trademark, or other notices of legal or property rights posted on our Website or embedded within the source code of our Website, Service, other software, or other product offerings.
  16. You will not interfere with or disrupt the normal operation of our Website or participate in unauthorized access to our servers or networks. This includes activities that impose an unreasonably or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure.
  17. You will not state or imply, even through silence or omission, that any statements you make are endorsed by OEIC or our Website without our specific prior written consent.
  18. If we require registration information from you, you will provide us with true, accurate, current, and complete data and will promptly update that information if it changes.
  19. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your personal account information and password. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security.
  20. You agree to use our blogs, forums, member & sponsor messaging, testimonials, comments, ratings, etc. only as appropriate and when related to the particular location you are posting.
  21. Our Website is for personal, individual use only. Any illegal or unauthorized commercial use of this site or any activity that interferes with other Members’ ability to participate in our Website that is not mentioned elsewhere in these Guidelines may result in immediate termination of your membership and the possibility of additional legal action.

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Terms of Use

Last Updated 9/28/11

1.  About our Terms of Use

If we modify these Terms, we’ll post the revisions on our Website. We may try to notify you when that happens, but it’s best to periodically review the most up-to-date versionsIf you participate in our Website or services after we post changes that means that you’ve accepted all revisions to date, regardless of whether you receive notice of them.

If we send you communications like new-feature announcements or administrative messages, or if our sponsors post ads on our Website, you may not be able to opt out of receiving these messages.

We may take the following actions for any reason without notifying you beforehand:

1) Change, suspend, or discontinue all or part of our services;

2) Restrict, suspend, or terminate your account or your access to the Online Community;

3) Refuse, move, or remove any material that you submit to us;

4) Refuse, move, or remove any other content that is available through our Community;

You agree that we will not be liable to you or anyone else for taking any of these actions.

2. Our Community Participants

Visitors are any persons who limit their interaction with our Website to reading Content or downloading blog or other posted information. Visitors, as everyone else who accesses our Website, must agree to and abide by our Community Policies.

Members are individuals who participate in our Community by asking questions, making comments, providing testimonials, rating blogs or Sponsors, posting to our discussion Forums, posting blogs, or in any other way actively interacting with our Website. To become a member you must join, which requires very little personal information and a valid email address.

Sponsors are business that may be able to help area residents reduce their energy use. They pay for the right to: present advertisements; be listed as a Sponsor and have a sponsor page; and on occasion provide blog content. Whenever a blog has been contributed by a sponsor or one of its employees or volunteers, it should be marked with a “Sponsor Content” symbol in the top right of the blog’s first page to indicate to readers that this content is in part an advertisement.

We encourage individuals and Sponsor employees or volunteers who have expertise or experience to become Contributors by contributing content that we hope our readers and members will find helpful. OEIC does not, however, determine Contributors’ level of expertise and there are no certifications, tests, or other reviews to validate the assertions and opinions in Contributors’ content. Each reader must make his or her own determination on whether what is being presented on this Website (Content) is helpful to the reader’s particular circumstance.

 3. About the Content

Our Website offers Content created by OEIC employees and volunteers, our Sponsors and their employees and volunteers, our Members, and other Contributors. This Content may include blogs or forum posts, comments, ratings, testimonials, questions, white papers, information about environmental or energy news, activism and social justice issues, interviews, and product or service reviews.  We may also display information about products and services offered by third parties, such as product descriptions, specifications, pricing, or reviews.

OEIC can’t guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of any Content posted by our Contributors and you agree not to hold us liable for damages you may sustain because you relied on any of this content.  In particular, we aren’t responsible for Contributors’ posted opinions and their advice about potentially dangerous activities or the use of dangerous tools or materials; be sure to get professional assistance when performing home improvements.

The individual who posted the Content is solely responsible for what is posted, any opinions expressed are his or hers and not necessarily the opinion of OEIC or its employees or volunteers.

If you discover content in our Online Community that you consider offensive, indecent, inaccurate, or objectionable, you bear all risks associated with using that content. We have the right, but not the obligation, to remove any content that we think violates these Terms or that we consider being otherwise objectionable.

4.  Third-Party Web Sites, Products, and Services

If our Website contains a link to some third-party website, that doesn’t mean we endorse that site.  We have no control over those sites and can’t be responsible for any content on them or damages you may suffer because you visit them.  Your use of a third-party website is subject to its own Terms of Service and other policies.

We don’t sell, resell, or license any third-party product or service that may be reviewed, described, or advertised in our Website. So we disclaim any responsibility for or liability related to those products and services. Any questions, complaints, or claims related to such a product or service should be directed to the appropriate third-party vendor.

5.  Contributors

We encourage members to contribute their own stories, advice, references, and other information to our Website. Some of the easiest ways to become a Contributor are to: comment or ask questions in a blog post that interests you; respond to or open a discussion Forum topic; or “Ask Dan” if a new Forum chapter or category is appropriate for you to post in. If you want to provide more formal or longer posts contact Dan Gibson (OEIC Reporter and Chief Coordinator) at DanG@OEIC or the Blog Team Coordinator of the blog to which you are interested in posting, to discuss topics and the logistics of posting to a blog.

Contributors own all copyright rights in their Contributions, but agree to license to OEIC:

i) the non-exclusive worldwide right to copy or distribute all or part of your Contribution in any existing or future medium;

ii) the non-exclusive right to maintain your Contribution in perpetuity in a searchable Online Community archive.

Contributors have the right to reuse their original Contributions in any form.  If we republish your Contribution, we’ll always include your byline unless you notify us that you’d rather we didn’t.

Our goal is to not interfere with or alter member’s content. But remember that when you make materials available to our Website, you acknowledge there may be unusual cases where it’s necessary for us to edit your content for style, grammar, punctuation, length, or organization according to our general Website standards. You also grant us the right to crop, edit or resize photographs and other graphic content when we find it necessary.

Contributors guarantee that their Contributions, including all text, figures, illustrations, photographs, and tables, are their original work and don’t libel anyone or infringe upon another party’s copyright, trademark, property rights, or any other rights, including rights of publicity and privacy.  If a Contribution does contain another party’s copyrighted work, the Contributor must obtain permission to use that work and submit that permission with the Contribution.  Contributors also guarantee that, to the best of their knowledge, their contributions are not scandalous, obscene, libelous, or otherwise illegal.

If a Contribution results in a legal action or controversy with some third party, the Contributor agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold OEIC harmless against all claims, suits, and/or judgments, including costs, expenses, damages, and legal fees.

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Ask Dan

We want to help you become less energy dependent. A lot of people don't get started because they don't have any help.

Please ask questions about any of our blog categories. We don't know all the answers, but we can get you started!

I will get back to you with and an answer if our group has one, or we might suggest a local expert to investigate further.

We will also use the questions as guidance for our blog research and writing. So, don't hesitate, ask!

Thank you for your help,



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                                           Capital Region's online energy community!
       Ideas & information to help you use less energy for home, transportation & food.

Why Join

Here are the primary benefits each group can expect from Our Energy Independence Community.

To Members

To Area Experts

To Sponsors (contractors & other providers of products and/or services that save energy)


Homes For Sale

In an effort to make energy efficient homes more visible in the market we are providing a forum to list them.

Only homes that meet heating efficiency requirements will be eligible for listing. The requirements will be ready soon.

If you are interested, please send me a note and I'll send the requirements as soon as they are available.


Help Wanted

Currently we have over 20 volunteers helping to develop content and answer questions. This group is spread all over the Capital Region, which was one of the reasons for this website. We want to help, but we are all busy.

So, our plan is to have 10 blog teams with 3-6 members each - each member posts as often as his or her schedule permits. This lets you share your expetise or experience, without over taxing your schedule. Or, just blog once - tell your story!

We also need Reporters and someone to coordinate them. One or two reporters in each of the counties of the greater Capital Region to identify local news regarding how we can save energy at home, traveling or using more local food. We also need to report related events for our calendar.

We need schools that want to share what their middle and high school students are learning about environmental and energy concepts and practice. Students can share individually or by group what they are planning, learning and doing with other students in Kids' Korner.

If you are interested, we can use your help - subject experts, writers, reporters, students, organizers, and coordinators.

For more details, get our Bloggers Wanted, Reporters Wanted and/or Green Schools Wanted .pdfs below and send to a friend you think might be interested. Contact us if you have any questions by email.


PDF documennt:   Bloggers Wanted


PDF document:   Reporters Wanted


PDF document:   Green Schools Wanted

Rights and Responsibilities

Here we post all the nitty gritty details and leagal terms.

Community Policies

Last Updated 9/28/11


If you have any question about any of these terms and conditions,
you can email us at Admin@OEIC.us


Our Energy Independence Community (OEIC) is a DBA of Home Energy Advisors LLC.

This Website is a service provided by OEIC solely for the entertainment of its members.


Our Website seeks to bring together area residents who are concerned about energy costs and availability with area experts and businesses that understand the problem and can help.

You must agree to all the terms and conditions on this page and the terms and conditions in the following four web pages in order to access and participate in this Website.

These web pages (Community Policies, Terms of Use, Community Guidelines, Privacy Policy, and Rights and Responsibilities) are a form of legal contract. They state what we agree to do for you as a member of our Online Community (Website) and what we expect from our visitors and members in return.  

If you don’t agree with any of these terms and conditions, you shouldn’t visit, participate in, or contribute to our Website.

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Our Energy Independence Community


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We want to help you become less energy dependent.

Energy independence doesn't mean you must live off the grid, heat your home with wood, and ride your bike to work. But we can learn from those who do.

Independence, according to Webster, is freedom from the influence, control or determination of another or others. The United States of America is no longer energy independent. With rising energy prices, you are probably becoming less so every day. We will work with you to reverse that trend.

If you live here in the Capital Region and are interested in learning how to live as well or better with less energy, this Community is for you.

If you are a newbie, not quite sure which end of a CFL is up, this Community is for you.

If you have been working on making your home more energy efficient for years and still want to do more, this Community is for you.

If you want to help others do what you have done, this Community is for you.

Our Community brings together area residents concerned about the cost and availability of non-renewable energy and area experts and businesses that understand the problem and can help. We share practical and climate-specific information, encouragement and motivation on how to use less non-renewable energy, while we build better, more sustainable lives for ourselves and our children, here in the greater Capital Region.

We focus on reducing energy use in the three main areas we, as residents, have control over: Home, Transportation and Food.

Why food? It takes the equivalent of about 2000 gallons of gasoline annually to feed the typical family of four with our agri-business, supermarket-distribution system - over 40% of their energy usage.  Local food can be a big part of our energy independence solution. Plus, local food is often more healthy food and will be more readily available.

Our Community is not political or religious in nature, but we accept that our members may be. Mostly we focus on practices, habits and science in finding ways to live better while using less energy, especially from non-renewable fossil fuels.

Our Community does not take positions on controversies, technical, political, environmental or economic. Our "position" is our goal of energy independence in a healthy, sustainable environment. Generally we seek to use less energy through conservation and efficiency, and then seek energy sources that minimize exporting dollars, carbon emissions and other environmental hazards. Our Community is an open forum to exchange information and science on what works, what doesn't, and why. Differences of opinion are expected and accepted. Ultimately members decide for themselves and express themselves by voting, buying, writing letters, boycotting, picketing, arguing or acting for or against different positions in their homes, towns, state and country.

We are an online Community but we are geographically centered in the Capital Region. Others may join and learn, but our focus will always be the greater Capital Region of New York.

We are an online community, not a virtual community. The distinction is important. A virtual community is not real, people hide their true identities, and the virtual and real must never meet.

Our Community is a real community, but one that allows its members to share as much or as little about themselves as they wish. We encourage people to get to know each other, learn from each other, and meet. Still this is a dangerous world, so always be careful when arranging to meet someone you know only through the Community.

Our Community is a family community where kids are encouraged to contribute (Kids Korner) and learn along with everyone else. After all, most of what we do is for our children because they will truly live the life we can only now envision. So, please keep children in mind during heated discussions. Certainly we can disagree but still be civil - let this too be an example we set for our children.

This website is owned and operated by Home Energy Advisors LLC. "Our Energy Independence Community" is a DBA of Home Energy Advisors LLC. The costs of developing and operating this website are paid for by our sponsors in exchange for advertising their products and services. Only businesses that can directly help reduce resident energy usage are eligible to be sponsors. 

The thoughts, ideas and opinions expressed on this website are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of Home Energy Advisors LLC. Please read our Terms of Use.

Any legal or operational issues should be brought to the attention of Dan Gibson, the website administrator, at DanG@OEIC.us