Under the program, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Accredited Home Performance contractor will measure a home's energy efficiency, insulation and air infiltration levels, heating/cooling equipment efficiency, appliances, and lighting. Contractors also test ovens, water heaters, and other equipment to make sure dangerous combustion gases like carbon monoxide are not leaking into the home.
When the assessment is complete, the contractor will identify what improvements can be made, the cost of making those improvements, and what kinds of financial incentives, such as low-interest financing, are available to homeowners who decide to have the improvements made. Income-qualified applicants may be eligible to receive additional incentives through the Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star program.
"There's no better time than now to change the way we use energy in our homes," said Peter R. Smith, president of NYSERDA. "Energy costs continue to rise and conserving energy is essential. For some New Yorkers, that may mean building an energy-efficient home, making an existing home more efficient, or following simple energy savings tips. No matter what the measure, every bit counts."
NYSERDA offers the following tips that contractors can pass along to homeowners to reduce wasted energy and improve comfort at home this winter:
For more information about Home Performance with Energy Star, visit www.getenergysmart.org.
Publication date: 11/06/2006