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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a New York ENERGY STAR® Certified Home?

A: New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes can be free-standing homes, town homes, and even apartments within low-rise residential buildings which have been designed and constructed to a standard higher than the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code requires. They are designed to use less energy than traditional homes or apartments while maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements which allow access to NYSERDA’s incentives for building a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home?

A: Eligibility depends on your electricity or gas utility provider. Qualifying homeowners receive their electricity and gas from one or more of the following companies:

  • Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
  • Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc.
  • New York State Electric and Gas Corporation
  • National Fuel
  • National Grid
  • Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation
  • Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc.

Q: Why should building a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home be important to me?

A: New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes provide superior comfort and safety to your family and deliver operational savings year after year.

In addition, New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes can be built to any size, style, or budget, which puts the opportunity to enjoy these benefits within reach.

Q: Will a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home cost more than a conventional home?

A: They generally cost one to three percent more than a standard home, but because they are designed to be more energy efficient, reduced utility bills and maintenance costs can lead to lower ownership costs each year, which adds up to substantial savings over the life of the home.

Q: How can I find a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Home builder?

A: To locate a builder near you, refer to our Resource Locator Map

Last Updated: 02/19/2013