Whole House Energy Upgrades

Energy Upgrade New York is your one-stop shop for home energy efficiency. Conservation and simple do-it-yourself projects that are no or low cost are a good way to get started, but the best route to savings is a whole house energy upgrade.

On this site you’ll find:

  • Guides that take you step-by-step through the process of saving money and energy by increasing the energy efficiency of your whole house.
  • How to sign up for a reduced or no-cost energy assessment.
  • Information on rebates, grants, and low interest loans to make upgrades more affordable.
  • Tips on working with a professional energy efficiency contractor.
  • Information about do-it-yourself energy saving projects. (link F)
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    What is a whole house upgrade? Your house is a system of parts all working together to keep you comfortable. When the system isn’t working properly, you suffer from high energy bills, cold rooms, and exposure to indoor air pollutants. A contractor studies your whole house as a system and finds synergistic, cost-effective changes to improve your home’s energy efficiency, health, and comfort. Learn what a whole house upgrade entails.

    Why upgrade? A home energy upgrade can save you money, make your home more comfortable, and eliminate indoor air pollutants that might be making you and your family sick. Learn about the benefits of energy upgrades.

    How do you upgrade? Getting started is easy! Our step-by-step guide to home energy upgrades will help you through the entire process. Learn how to upgrade.

    Applying for Incentives and Choosing Your Improvements

    After the energy assessment it’s time to review your contractor’s recommendations, apply for available rebates and incentives, set a project budget, and choose your improvements:

    • Review Your Energy Assessment Report
      • After your assessment, the contractor will send you a report including recommended improvements to your home, estimated energy savings, and cost estimates.
      • Call the contractor with any questions about the report and recommendations.
    • Find Rebates and Incentives and Set a Budget
      • First, determine which financial incentive programs you may qualify for to help pay for the work. Everyone qualifies for grants, rebates, and / or low-interest loans that can make energy improvements more affordable. Call your contractor with questions.
      • Determine how much money you can afford to pay out of pocket for improvements
      • Apply for financial incentive programs and low-interest loans. Call your contractor if you have any questions about the process. Note that it can take several weeks or more to complete paperwork and be approved.
    • Choose your Improvements
      • Once you have set a budget and determined eligibility for financial incentive programs, work with your contractor to choose improvements that fit your goals and budget.
      • You do not necessarily have to implement all of the recommendations at once. Some residents make improvements over several years. Work with your contractor to prioritize projects to do first.

    Last updated July 27, 2020