Frequently Asked Questions - Residential Energy Assessment Program
- Who’s eligible to participate?
- I am a renter, and I would like to save on my utility bills. Do I qualify?
- What if I own a building with more than 4 units?
- How do I find a participating contractor?
- What happens at an energy assessment? How long does it take?
Q: Who’s eligible to participate?
A: New York State residents who own a single-family or multifamily home with up to 4-units can participate in the Residential Energy Assessment program. Income-eligible homeowners, with household income that is less than or equal to 80% of the area median income, should apply to NYSERDA’s Assisted Home Performance or EmPower NY Programs. Renters should encourage your landlords to participate to take advantage of the program offerings.
This program selection tool can help you determine which program is best for you.
Q: I am a renter, and I would like to save on my utility bills. Can I receive an energy assessment?
A: Energy assessment are intended for those who have authority to make capital upgrades to a home. You can enjoy the benefits of reduced energy bills by encouraging your landlord to apply.
View energy savings tips for renters.
Q: What if I own a building with more than 4 units?
A: NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program is available for buildings with more than four units.
Q: How do I find a Participating auditor?
A: Locate a Participating auditor [PDF] in your geographic area. Here are a few questions [PDF] that you can ask the auditor before you make the decision to have them perform your energy assessment.
Q: What happens at an energy assessment? How long does it take?
A: The auditor will spend approximately one to two hours at your home for the assessment. It provides you with a top-to-bottom look at where your home is wasting energy. During the assessment the Participating Auditor will discover the root cause of common household problems such as drafts, inconsistent temperatures, and poorly performing heating and cooling systems. The assessment also includes a review of conditions that could be impacting the health and safety of your home such as the presence of moisture, mold or carbon monoxide. After the assessment, your auditor will give you a list of recommended upgrades. These upgrades could range from simple weather-stripping to replacing your appliances or heating equipment or upgrading to energy-efficient lighting.