East / Regional Reports

NYSERDA Provides Relief From High Energy Costs

February 23, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

ALBANY, N.Y. - New Yorkers facing high home energy costs can get relief through the Home Performance with Energy Star® Program. The program is implemented by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and aims to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of existing homes.

Through the program, homes of any style or size can be improved to reduce overall energy use and lower heating costs up to 40 percent. The program has increased the energy efficiency of 21,599 homes since 2001, reducing electricity usage by more than 17.4 million kWh and heating fuel use by 927 billion Btu, according to NYSERDA. Household savings average more than $749 per year.

“Home Performance with Energy Star gives New Yorkers the opportunity to make their homes more comfortable, affordable, healthier, and safer to operate,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J. Murray Jr. “We offer low-interest financing and other incentives to help New Yorkers pay for the work and start saving on energy bills immediately.”

The first step is to schedule a comprehensive home assessment with a contractor participating in Home Performance with Energy Star. To participate, contractors must first be accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI-accredited contractors are certified in building performance technology, a systematic approach to improving the whole house that incorporates energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and health and safety. BPI-accredited contractors also are trained and certified to install the recommended improvements.

During the assessment, the participating contractor will test the home for air leakage using a blower door, looking for opportunities to improve the home’s insulation and overall tightness. Windows, appliances, and lighting also are inspected. The contractor also tests combustion appliances to make sure dangerous gases like carbon monoxide are not leaking into the home.

After the assessment, the contractor provides a report with recommended energy-efficiency improvements and the cost of making the improvements. The contractor also identifies what kinds of financial incentives are available.

For more information, visit www.getenergysmart.org or call 877-NY-SMART.

Publication date: 02/23/2009

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Mark Satterfield

Mark Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing Inc. and author of “The One Week Marketing Plan” talks about his book and the importance of HVAC blogging. Posted on Sept. 19.

More Podcasts


NEWS 09-22-14 cover

2014 September 22

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Venting R-22

The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con