Supports Governor Cuomo’s 2025 Energy Efficiency Target of 185 Trillion BTUs in Energy Savings

July 1, 2019

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that it has selected Halco and Wise Home Energy, LLC to provide home energy ratings in the Town of Irondequoit 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, as included in the historic climate legislation, the New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Reducing energy use in homes is key component to meeting Governor Cuomo’s ambitious energy efficiency target and another step towards greater statewide energy savings. Congratulations to Halco and Wise Home Energy for being selected to deliver home energy ratings to homeowners in the Town of Irondequoit, helping local residents improve the energy performance and comfort of their home while reducing their carbon footprint.”

Home Energy Ratings are similar to a “Miles Per Gallon” rating on a car, providing easy-to-understand visual reports that give the homeowner insight into how their home performs in areas like insulation, air leakage, heating and cooling efficiency, and hot water heating.

Halco (Phelps, NY) and Wise Home Energy, LLC (Rochester, NY) will provide homeowners in the Town of Irondequoit with Pearl Home Certification from Pearl, a private residential energy efficiency certification firm. Each certification 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 Irondequoit. 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."

Jeff Flaherty, Founder, Wise Home Energy LLC said, “Wise Home Energy is thrilled to be working with NYSERDA to deliver Pearl Certification Ratings in Irondequoit. It is an opportunity to bring high quality work to the surface and giving it real, tangible value. It is a natural fit with our company's mission statement.”

The Town of Irondequoit is one of three New York communities – along with Queens and Tompkins County – 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 Broome County, Staten Island, and Tonawanda as additional pilot locations.

For more information on the Pearl Home Certification.

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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