Home Energy Ratings

Home energy ratings are being used across the country to help homeowners make informed decisions about their homes. In New York, NYSERDA is piloting home energy ratings in six different communities to encourage homeowners to undertake energy efficiency improvements. Currently, NYSERDA is looking for contractors in each community to apply to participate in the pilots.

How it Works

Home Energy Ratings provide an index of a building’s energy performance. They provide easy-to-understand visuals to understand current performance, what actions a homeowner can take, and potential future performance.

NYSERDA is piloting the use of two Home Energy Rating systems:

  • Pearl Home Certification (Pilot in Irondequoit, Staten Island, Tompkins County):
    • Pearl’s building science-based certification system helps homeowners understand how their home performs and gives them guidance via a customized Home Investment Plan on how to make it perform better
  • The Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score (Pilot in Broome County, Tonawanda, Queens):
    • Home Energy Score’s report is comprised of three parts: the Score itself, factors about the home and its estimated energy use, and recommendations for how to improve the home’s score

Funding is available to cover training as well as delivery of ratings.

How to Apply

To learn more about how to apply to future Home Energy Ratings opportunities, email us at HomeScore@nyserda.ny.gov and get added to our email list.