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Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Facts

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program makes it easy and affordable to make a smart investment in a more energy-efficient home. This program has helped thousands of homeowners across the State lower their energy bills and live comfortably all year long.

It all starts with a home energy assessment conducted by trained and experienced Home Performance contractor. The assessment provides you with a top-to-bottom look at where your home is wasting energy. You will learn the root cause of any drafts, inconsistent temperatures, heating and cooling system failures, or other problems you may be experiencing.

It’s easy to lower your energy bills and make your home more comfortable with the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program:

  1. Get a home energy assessment to pinpoint where energy and dollars are being wasted.
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  2. Customize a plan to lower your energy bills
  3. Take advantage of available financing to help pay for the work

How the Program Works

Participating in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program is easy. Just follow the simple steps below.

  1. Schedule a home energy assessment.
  2. Customize a plan to lower your energy bills.
  3. Apply for available financing to help pay for the work (optional).
  4. Complete the work.

Step 1: Schedule a home energy assessment

A home energy assessment takes a whole-house approach to energy efficiency to identify where the biggest energy efficiency gains can be made. The assessment analyzes how all the elements of your home work together to affect the amount of electricity and fuel you use. The result is a top-to-bottom look at where your home is wasting energy and a report detailing the recommended home energy improvements you should make. Every assessment must be performed by a participating Home Performance contractor recognized by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) as a BPI GoldStar Contractor. These contractors are specially trained and experienced in the use of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to provide you with an unparalleled, comprehensive analysis of your home’s energy efficiency. Participating contractors are insured and subject to quality reviews by NYSERDA.

Step 2: Customize a plan to lower your energy bills

After your assessment is complete, you will review the results with your contractor to determine which of the recommended home energy improvements make the most sense for you. These can include everything from adding insulation and energy-efficient light bulbs to installing a high-efficiency furnace and ENERGY STAR certified appliances. Make sure you understand the recommendations and ask questions. When you are ready, you will be asked to sign a contract with the contractor.

Step 3: Apply for available financing to help pay for the work (optional)

If you are interested in financing your project, we offer two loan options. Find out which one works best for you.

Step 4: Complete the work

Once the project is finished, you will be asked to sign off that the work has been satisfactorily completed. If you are receiving a loan, the lender will pay any amounts borrowed directly to the contractor.