How to find energy-efficient living options
Energy-efficient living makes sense for a number of reasons—including lower energy bills, a smaller carbon footprint, and more comfortable living year-round. But to find an energy-efficient building, you have to know what to look for first.
Look for the right labels
The following labels indicate that a building has achieved significant energy savings:
ENERGY STAR® qualified buildings – ENERGY STAR qualified buildings incorporate energy-saving measures into their design and construction to save at least 15 percent more energy than similar structures built to current building codes. These improvements often include high-quality insulation, efficient lighting and appliances, and upgraded building mechanics.
New York Energy Smart Buildings – Buildings that earn the New York Energy Smart Building label completed an extensive, top-to-bottom energy efficiency improvement project that cut energy costs by at least 15 percent. Typical upgrade projects include measures such as lighting replacements, improved heating and air conditioning equipment, and better insulation.
Additional tips to find energy-efficient living
- Always ask the building owner or property manager if their building has taken energy-saving measures.
- Tell your real estate agent or broker that you’re looking for energy-efficient living options.
Talk to your landlord about energy efficiency
If you live in a building that’s old, drafty, or inconsistently hot or cold, it’s probably not as energy efficient as it could be.
NYSERDA can help your landlord solve these energy problems—and save money—through its Multifamily Performance Program. Your landlord could also take advantage of financial incentives to help fund the cost of making upgrades.
Direct your landlord to our Multifamily Performance Program to learn more.
What can you do to conserve energy
Use this list of energy-saving tips to help you get started.