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Become a Participating Auditor


A residential energy assessment is a review of a home’s energy performance, including a review of both the home’s energy features and the household’s energy consumption patterns. Home energy assessments can identify how efficiently your home is operating and where your home is wasting energy.

Follow this process to join the Residential Energy Assessment program.

Step 1: Attain Acceptable Credentials

To apply to participate in the Residential Energy Assessment Program, each employee who will deliver audits through the program must hold one or more of the following certifications:

  • Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Energy Auditor
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) - Building Energy Assessment Professional
  • BPI Building Analyst Technician (BA-T)
  • BPI Building Analyst Professional (BA-P)
  • BPI Energy Auditor 
  • BPI Multifamily Building Analyst
  • Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Quality Assurance (QA) Assessor
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rater
  • Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Home Energy Rater (HERS) Rater

Step 2: Read the Participation Agreement and Submit the Contractor Application

Read the current Participation Agreement and Program Manual in its entirety. To apply for participation, you will need to complete the Contractor Application. NYSERDA will contact you within 2 weeks of your application to confirm if you have been accepted or not.

Step 3: Market Your Services and Perform Home Energy Assessments

Once approved to participate, you may begin to offer no-cost energy assessments. While it is the ultimate responsibility of the energy auditor to recruit customers, NYSERDA invests in marketing outreach throughout New York. This helps generate leads for participating contractors—which come through listings on NYSERDA’s website and hotline referral database.

The home energy assessment is free (NYSERDA pays the contractor directly), so home energy assessments are an excellent tool to lower your customer acquisition costs and to promote sales


If you have questions about applying or participating in the Residential Energy Assessment program, you can contact [email protected].