Thursday, September 10, 2015

Energy Efficiency


Energy Efficiency

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® makes it easy for you to save energy at home! Take control of your energy use and make your home more comfortable year-round. Here’s a great way to do it — with support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in six simple steps.

1. Get assessed - Have a comprehensive home energy assessment performed by a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor. In addition to measuring your home's energy performance, an expert will conduct important health and safety tests to ensure major combustion appliances are operating properly. For most New Yorkers, the home assessment is free. Available on 1-4 unit homes.
  1. Get the assessment application.
  2. Check your income eligibility for free vs. reduced-cost.
  3. Watch a video overview of an assessment in action.
  4. Choose a participating BPI-accredited Home Performance Contractor.

2. Paying for the work - If you don’t have the cash on hand, NYSERDA offers low-interest loans, incentives and assisted subsidies to help you pay for work. Learn about financing, subsidies and incentives.
3. Get approved - Receive loan status notification and return the signed loan documents. For more information, visit
Energy Finance Solutions.
 4. Upgrade - Have a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor implement the upgrades described in your Scope of Work. NYSERDA may inspect the work to verify its quality.







From Affordable Housing Partnership in Albany

5. Test-out and earn incentives - When your energy upgrades are finished, your contractor will repeat the tests conducted during the initial assessment. Upon test-out and acceptance of work you and your contractor will sign a Certificate of Completion, which is submitted to NYSERDA Your lender will then make payment to your contractor. You can also enjoy other incentives like 10 percent cash back on eligible upgrades (PDF).

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