NYSERDA Offers No Cost Energy Assessments to All New York Homeowners
One-to-Four Family Homes Are Now Eligible for No Cost Energy Audits Through New Residential Energy Audit Program
Supports the State’s Mandate to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 and Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced it is providing no cost energy audits to New York State homeowners across all income levels. The offer supports the State’s mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading Green New Deal which puts the State on path to a carbon-neutral economy.
Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is leading the country when it comes to deploying a broad-based strategy to fight climate change, and New York homeowners can help play a role by lowering the carbon footprints of their own homes. The new Residential Energy Audit program will provide homeowners with an opportunity to lower their energy costs, fight climate change, and live sustainably and comfortably in their home by making informed home energy improvement decisions.”
Effective January 1, 2020, NYSERDA began making a free home energy audit available to owners of one-to-four family homes. It includes a review of their energy bill and household consumption patterns, a report documenting the home’s current energy performance, and recommendations for improvements. Acting on audit recommendations will help homeowners save on utility bills while increasing their home’s comfort by better moderating temperature, eliminating drafts and improving air quality. PSEG Long Island customers can participate in PSEG Long Island’s audit program. Interested homeowners can visit NYSERDA’s website to find a participating contractor and schedule a home energy audit.
NYSERDA’s new and existing energy audits also enable customers to access the Green Jobs – Green New York Residential Loan Fund, provides New Yorkers with access to energy assessments, installation services, low interest financing, and pathways to training for various green-collar careers. Customers who are interested in a loan can contact a participating contractor to complete eligible energy efficiency work.
More than 130,000 homeowners have received energy audits since 2010 and NYSERDA’s new initiative will enable broader access to no-cost energy audits statewide for consumers of all income levels. In addition to the new offering, low- and moderate- income customers who are eligible for NYSERDA’s Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and EmPower New York can still receive a no cost energy audit through those existing programs and may be eligible for additional home energy improvements at reduced or no cost.
This offering supports Governor Cuomo’s New Efficiency: New York 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs below forecasted energy use in 2025 – a level of savings equivalent to fueling and powering over 1.8 million New York homes. It also helps advance the recent Order from the New York State Public Service Commission aimed at dramatically reduce energy consumption in New York and transforming the way New York residents and businesses heat and cool their homes and offices and move towards cleaner and healthier buildings and communities throughout the state.
Funding for this offer comes from the state’s 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund.