Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

New York State has programs for free or low-cost home energy assessments, rebates for upgrades, and low-interest loans, to help homeowners reduce their energy costs.

Is your home energy efficient? 

About half of our energy use takes place in our homes, mostly for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Almost every one of our homes can be made more energy efficient. A few simple upgrades can save 30 percent on our energy bills. Perhaps, more importantly, putting in proper insulation and leak sealing can reduce drafts and make our homes more comfortable.

New York’s NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) has programs for free or low-cost home energy assessments, rebates for upgrades, and low-interest loans, to help homeowners reduce their energy costs.

I recently had a free home energy assessment done. I followed up with putting new insulation in the attic, insulation around the foundations, and leak sealing. The predicted payback is less than 10 years. However, my home did feel warmer and less drafty immediately.  

The Yorktown Energy Advisory Committee and GreenYorktown will host a presentation by Elyssa Rothe, Westchester Coordinator for NYSERDA's Energy $mart Communities Program, Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Yorktown Town Hall.

You are invited to learn how you can get a free or low-cost home energy assessment and incentives for home energy upgrades. You can make your home more comfortable and save money on heating. Everyone who attends will receive a free CFL bulb.

For more information, contact Paul Moskowitz, 914-962-4569, and spinorbit@hotmail.com

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Dan Thaler May 08, 2012 at 09:47 AM
This is a great program. I had an energy audit done last year. The contractor was very thorough and provided me with a report of recommended upgrades. I have done several of them myself and my house was immediately tighter.
Jonathan Nettelfield May 08, 2012 at 11:44 AM
This is a no-brainer. The great majority of homes in Yorktown were constructed without regard to maximum energy efficiency and now the government wants to help homeowners remedy this. Why? Because the single greatest way we can reduce energy dependence is not by more oil drilling, building more pipelines, fracking the Marcellus Shale, etc, but by reducing US energy usage. It's so much easier, cheaper and better for our planet to reduce energy waste than it is to keep finding more, and here's the best part: it isn't difficult!


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