July 19, 2018

Now is the time for New York homeowners to look into ways to lower their heating and cooling bills and enjoy a comfortable temperature inside all year long. Understanding how your home uses energy is the first step in that journey. Following are steps to help you get started:

Step 1

Conduct a home energy assessment. By working with a BPI GoldStar Contractor through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program to conduct an assessment, you will identify the root cause of drafts, inconsistent temperatures, heating and cooling system failures, or other challenges you may be experiencing. Rather than looking at just one problem, these contractors determine energy consumption and heat loss throughout the entire house. BPI GoldStar Contractors are trained to take a holistic look at your home using a proven building science approach. Most New Yorkers qualify for a free or reduced cost assessment.

Step 2 

Make a plan. Review the results of your assessment with your contractor to tailor a plan that fits the needs of your home and budget.

Step 3

Explore options to pay for the upgrades. As an alternative to payment in cash or loans through your financial institution, NYSERDA offers two loan options for customers that participate in our programs. Additionally, income-eligible households can qualify for a discount covering up to 50% of the cost of energy efficiency improvements up to $4,000 for a single family home or $8,000 for a two-to-four family home.  

Step 4

Make the improvements and enjoy your cozy home.

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