Lower energy bills every month start with a home energy assessment.

Do you, like many New York homeowners, feel powerless in the face of high energy bills? Would you like to know what you can do to control these costs and stop wasting energy? The Home Performance and Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® programs make it easy and affordable to make smart investments in a more energy efficient home. This program has helped thousands of homeowners across the State lower their energy bills and live more comfortably all year long.
It all starts with a home energy assessment, which provides you with a top-to-bottom look at where your home is wasting energy so you can get to the root of common household problems such as drafts, inconsistent temperatures, and heating and cooling issues. It goes beyond addressing the surface-level symptoms of inefficiency and analyzes how all the elements of your home work together so you can choose the upgrades that will have the biggest impact on your energy bill.

The best part? A home energy assessment is free for most New York State homeowners
and can lead to hundreds or even thousands in energy savings for years to come.

The simple steps to lower energy bills and a healthier, more comfortable home.

Step 1

Schedule a home energy assessment
(free for most New York State homeowners).

A home energy assessment takes a whole-house approach to energy efficiency to identify where the biggest 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. See the participating contractors in your area. Watch a video that walks you through a typical assessment.
Step 2

Find out if you qualify for financing to help pay for the work (optional).

If you are interested in financing your project, we offer two flexible loan options. Find out which one works best for you. Learn more about financing.
Step 3

Choose the improvements you’d like to make.

After your assessment is complete, you’ll 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. Receive a 10% discount on eligible home energy improvements (up to a maximum of $3,000) to reduce the overall project cost. It can be paid directly to you when the project is complete or can be assigned to the contractor. Download the list of eligible home energy improvements to see what qualifies for the discounts. (Linked PDF may require an external reader. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.) Income-eligible homeowners may receive a discount covering 50% of the cost of eligible home energy improvements (up to $5,000 per project) for single-family homes or $10,000 per project on two- to four-unit residential buildings with income-eligible residents. Learn more about the Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
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 financing, the lender will pay any amounts borrowed directly to the contractor. Depending upon which option you selected, the 10% discount will be either be paid to the contractor and reflected on your bill or paid directly to you by NYSERDA. If you were eligible for the 50% discount through the Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, that amount will be paid directly to the contractor and reflected in your bill.

Extra help is just a few clicks away.

Your contractor can assist you at any point of the process or you can contact a constituency-based-organization (CBO). CBOs are partners in the program who are dedicated to helping homeowners access and participate in the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR programs.