If you’re interested in saving money on energy bills and doing something good for the environment, energy efficiency is the place to start. Here are four things that you might not have known to help you keep the heat in, the cold out, and the bills low.
1. (Almost) Everyone Can Get a Free Energy Assessment
Energy assessments, also called Energy Audits, are available to most New York State residents at no cost. These are performed by trained and certified professional home energy performance contractors. Over 2-4 hours and using sophisticated equipment, the contractors will check for air leaks, insulation, fuel leaks and carbon monoxide. They will also come up with a list of recommendations for you to consider. Find a list of local contractors here.
2. Income-Qualifying Households can get up to $12,000 in free energy improvements.
These improvements include sealing up leaks and cracks, insulating walls, basements and attics; and replacing inefficient appliances such as refrigerators and water heaters. A family of four earning less than $53,000 a year can qualify for two programs: Empower NY, a state program; and the Weatherization Assistance Program, a federal program. These can be combined. An application is used for both programs, and can be found on the Get Your GreenBack website. There is also another program, Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star, that provides a 50% subsidy for households on a slightly higher payscale.
3. Homeowners AND Renters Qualify
Audits and incentives are available for homeowners and renters. Eligibility is based on tenant income, not the landlords’, and both tenants and landlords can benefit from the incentive programs listed above.
4. Free Energy Advising
Trained volunteer Energy Navigators provide free energy advising to help residents every step of the way. We can help you find a list of local contractors, learn about incentive programs you may qualify for, help you understand your report, and find ways to finance work you want to get done. Request help by filling out this form or contact Gibrian Hagood, CCE-Tompkins Energy Educator, for a free energy efficiency appointment in your home.