The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is now providing free energy assessments to homeowners across the state.
The service is part of the Residential Energy Audit Programme which is receiving funding from the state’s 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund.
The assessment includes a review of consumer energy bills and household consumption patterns, a report documenting current energy performance and recommendations for improvements.
Consumers will leverage the audit recommendations to save on utility bills while increasing their home’s comfort by better moderating temperature, eliminating drafts and improving air quality.
Assessed households will have access to the Green Jobs – Green New York Residential Loan Fund. The fund will provide consumers with access to smart home devices’ installation services, low-interest financing and pathways to training for various green-collar careers.
More than 130,000 New York households have received energy audits since 2010.
The free energy assessments are expected to help the state to achieve its 40% by 2030 carbon emissions reduction goal and targets set under the New Efficiency: New York 2025 to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs below forecasted energy use in 2025.
Alicia Barton, the CEO of NYSERDA said, “” 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 programme 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.”