A customized plan to help you save on energy
The comprehensive home energy assessment is a top-to-bottom analysis of your home’s energy use and an essential aspect of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program.
Watch an assessment in process to see how it works, and how one homeowner gained valuable insights.
Available for free
For most New Yorkers, the home assessment is free. Some homeowners may be asked to pay for some or all of the cost of the assessment, based on their household income. The application includes a chart to help you determine if you qualify for a free or reduced-cost home assessment. To get started with your home assessment, find a local Home Performance contractor to work with. Then download the application, fill it out and send it (along with all supporting documentation) to NYSERDA.
If you need help in understanding the program or making your application, you can contact a constituency-based-organization (CBO) in your region. CBOs are partners in the program who are dedicated to helping homeowners access and participate in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Assisting every step of the way, CBOs are prepared to help homeowners through the process of improving their home's energy efficiency so that they can save money and live more comfortably in their home.
The home assessment process
Comprehensive home energy assessments (and the energy efficiency improvements that follow) must be performed by participating Home Performance contractors accredited by the Building Performance Institute. These contractors have special training and proven expertise in energy efficiency, and are well-qualified to help you save energy at home.
Home energy assessments typically take about three hours to complete and consist of the following elements:
Your contractor will tour the interior and exterior of your home, looking for signs of energy inefficiency.
Health and safety tests
Your contractor will make sure the major appliances in your home that use gas or oil are working properly, with no safety hazards. These appliances often include furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters and stoves.
Technician performing blower door test.
Energy efficiency tests
Your contractor will use technical equipment to test your home’s energy efficiency performance. These tests identify air leaks, the quality of insulation in your home, and other factors that may affect the way your home uses energy.
Analyzing and reporting the findings
Your contractor will use a software program to analyze the results of the energy efficiency tests that were performed, then present the findings to you, along with recommendations on how to solve the problems. In some cases the contractor may choose to analyze the findings offsite, then report back to you at a later date.
You will receive a detailed proposal with contractor’s recommended energy efficiency upgrades, how much the labor and materials will cost, and the expected payback period—the length of time it will take for each upgrade to pay for itself in energy savings—for each suggested measure.
Move forward with work and qualify for valuable benefits
When you go ahead with recommended energy efficiency improvements after your home assessment, you’ll qualify for a money-saving 10% cashback incentive on eligible measures. Depending on household income, you can qualify for a grant of up to $5,000 to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of energy efficiency upgrades through the Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
Consider taking advantage of NYSERDA’s low-interest financing options, which can help make your energy upgrade project more affordable. You can choose On-Bill Recovery Financing, which builds affordable payments into your utility bill, or a Smart Energy Loan, which works like most conventional loans.
Visit the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Incentives & Financing page for more details.