Homeowner Information Event Will Be Held on June 18

June 10, 2019

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that it has selected Halco; Snug Planet, LLC; and The Insulation Man, LLC to provide home energy ratings in Tompkins County, as part of the first phase of the Home Energy Ratings Pilot. The Home Energy Ratings Pilot is designed to help owners of one- to four- family homes who are ready to invest in their homes and are looking for independent, trustworthy energy performance information. Today’s announcement supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2025 energy efficiency target of 185 trillion BTUs (British thermal units) in energy savings, the equivalent to energy consumed by 1.8 million New York homes, and supports the Governor’s Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that put New York on a path to a carbon-free economy.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York is investing in innovative ways for homeowners to reduce energy use and costs in support of the state’s ambitious clean energy goals. Congratulations to these companies for being chosen to provide homeowners in Tompkins County with home energy ratings that will help them improve the energy performance and comfort of their home while reducing carbon emissions.”

Halco (Phelps, NY), Snug Planet, LLC (Ithaca, NY), and The Insulation Man, LLC (Binghamton, NY) will provide homeowners in Tompkins County with Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. Each rating comes with a list of recommendations that helps the homeowner plan upgrades to increase the efficiency and comfort of their home.

Hal Smith, CEO, Halco said, “Halco is very excited to be a part of this Pilot with NYSERDA in Tompkins County. We have been offering PEARL certifications for a while now, and in fact we certified the first Platinum Pearl Certified home in New York. We believe third-party verification of the energy related components of our homes is very important for homeowners to be able to understand the true value of upgrades to their home or prospective home and compare this with other homes in the area."

Jon Harrod, Founder and Owner, Snug Planet LLC said, “We know home energy upgrades can reduce bills while improving comfort and helping the environment and we are proud to be participating in NYSERDA’s Home Energy Ratings Pilot. Rigorous third-party ratings like Pearl Certification provide a tool for homeowners who have invested in efficiency to realize additional value when they sell their homes and also allow homebuyers to better gauge a home’s efficiency and total cost of ownership before they buy.”

David Currie, Vice President, The Insulation Man, LLC said, “Thanks to NYSERDA bringing its Home Energy Ratings Pilot to Tompkins County. As a Pearl Home Certification participating contractor for over a year now, we are excited to be a part of this super opportunity for Tompkins County residents to learn more about their homes, how they might make them even more efficient and comfortable, and reap the benefits of increased home and planetary values!”

Tompkins County is one of two communities – along with Queens – where homeowners will be eligible to receive a home energy rating at no cost during the initial phase of the pilot. Planning is underway for future phases of the pilot in 2019 with Irondequoit, Broome County, Staten Island, and Tonawanda as additional pilot locations.

To support the launch of the Home Energy Rating Pilot, NYSERDA will host an information session to inform homeowners about the benefits of a home energy rating. The information session will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County – 50 Graham Road West, Ithaca, NY 14850.

For more information on the Pearl Home Certification, visit here.

This pilot supports Governor Cuomo’s New Efficiency: New York 2025 energy efficiency target to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs below forecasted energy use in 2025. Meeting the target will accelerate achievement of energy efficiency in the next seven years by more than 40 percent over the current path and will set New York State on a path to achieve annual electric efficiency savings of 3 percent of investor-owned utility sales in 2025.

Funding for this program comes from the state’s 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund, a core component of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.


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