Save hundreds—even more—each year by cutting energy waste
We connect homeowners with state programs, offered through New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, that help save energy and money. If you own a single-family home or a two- to four-unit building, take advantage of free or reduced-cost comprehensive home energy assessments, as well as a 10 percent cashback incentive and low-interest financing for up to $25,000 in energy efficiency improvements.
The program, called Home Performance with ENERGY STAR ®, is open to all homeowners in New York, and has four basic steps:
1) Home Energy Assessment
The program begins with a home energy assessment, which is a top-to-bottom test to see where your home is wasting energy. This first step is very important because it uncovers hard-to-see problems like air leaking out of your house, walls that need insulation, trouble with your furnace, or other issues.
Most New Yorkers qualify for a free home assessment, paid for by NYSERDA’s Green Jobs – Green NY program. Start by downloading the application for your free or reduced assessment.
A BPI accredited contractor will perform your home assessment and can make any improvements or upgrades. BPI is short for the Building Performance Institute, a national organization that trains and certifies energy efficiency contractors to do energy efficiency work. Learn more about BPI contractors. Locate a participating BPI contractor in the North Country region.
At the end of the assessment, you will get a report about the next steps that can be taken to make your home more energy efficient.
2) Energy Upgrades
After your home assessment, you can hire the contractor who did the assessment (or another participating Home Performance Contractor) to make some or all of the recommended upgrades to your home.
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3) Special financing options available
If you move forward with upgrades, you can pay for them with a low-interest loan, or pay for the upgrades through your utility bill. Visit NYSERDA’s website to learn more about low-interest financing.
4) 10 percent cashback!
After the work is done, you can get a portion of the project cost back! You can qualify for a 10 percent cashback incentive.
Special offers for low-income homeowners
Depending on your household income, you may qualify for a grant to help pay for energy efficiency improvements, or even have the improvements made for free.
Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR offers the same benefits as Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, but income-qualified homeowners can receive grants of up to $5,000 to cover as much as 50 percent of the cost of energy upgrades.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 518-891-6200 and our staff will help you see if you qualify.
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