Savings money while being more comfortable in your home — it sounds like a winning combination, doesn’t it?
Those are just a couple of the benefits of taking part in the New York Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. Completion of an energy efficiency improvement project will alleviate the uncomfortable drafts and moisture in your home. You’ll be using less energy than before the project. The program can also save you up to $700 a year on your energy costs, making the improvements all that much more attractive.
And the best part is that most New Yorkers qualify for either a free energy audit, or at least one that is at a reduced price.
The first step is locating a Building Performance Institute (BPI) accredited contractor to conduct the energy audit. BPI sets the benchmark as a leader in creating the home performance and weatherization retrofit technical standards recognized across the country. Those certified workers are trained to take a thorough look at the entire house as they identify areas where energy efficiency upgrades are possible.
That contractor will officially make recommendations and submit a signed copy to the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) for their approval. Governmental financing and incentives are available to help fund the projects, in an effort to encourage homeowners to create a more cost-effective and energy-saving home environment.
Once the upgrade work is completed, the contractor will have to repeat the tests performed during the initial home assessment to measure the new energy efficiency and check to make sure the increased tightness doesn’t cause air safety concerns. The finished work will be subject to an inspection and the contractor will have to submit a signed Certificate of Completion.
Then, let the savings begin.
For more details on the New York Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, including a downloadable energy audit application, log on to: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/