Pearl Home Certification

Get more from your home with a Pearl Certification.

Looking for opportunities to make home energy upgrades? Take the next step with a Pearl Home Certification. This nationally recognized certification will give your home a score based on its current energy performance—how well it’s insulated, the effectiveness of the heating and cooling systems, appliance characteristics, and much more. You’ll also receive a Home Investment Plan with detailed recommendations on how to increase the comfort, value and efficiency of your home. When you understand where your home is wasting energy and how it can be addressed, your home is that much closer to reaching its peak performance.

What Are the Benefits?

Pearl Home Certifications can provide many benefits, including:

  • Knowledge. Understand your home’s overall energy performance.
  • Comfort and Safety. Discover hidden trouble spots like poor ventilation or uninsulated walls that may decrease the overall comfort of your home.
  • Opportunities. Learn about improvements that can lower energy bills and enhance your home’s comfort, safety, and efficiency.
  • Value. Showcase your home’s energy performance, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

How Does the Certification Work?

There are five steps to requesting and receiving a Pearl Home Certification.

Step 1. Provider Selection
Identify a NYSERDA-approved, Pearl Advantage Network provider and schedule your Pearl Certification. To find approved providers in your area, see the providers section below.

Step 2. Professional In-Home Evaluation
Receive an in-home evaluation by your selected provider. During the visit, the provider will collect information about various assets in your home—things that impact your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, health and safety (such as heating and cooling systems, insulation, appliances, and ventilation).

Step 3. Pearl Certification and Home Investment Plan
Receive your report soon after your evaluation. Each report comes with a Pearl score, detailed information about how the energy assets in your home are performing, and a Home Investment Plan. Your Home Investment Plan identifies different energy upgrades you can make to increase the efficiency of your home, and the potential impact of those upgrades on your home’s certification level. To see an example of the Pearl Rating or Home Investment Plan report, read the Pearl Homeowner Information Guide[PDF].

Step 4. Take Action
The report will provide guidance on making energy improvements in the most logical and effective order to get the most of your efforts. There may be some improvements you can do yourself, while others will require a professional to do the work. Learn more about incentives and programs that can help make upgrades more affordable.

Step 5. Showcase Your Home with Pearl Certification
After home energy upgrades have been made, you can request a final Pearl Certification, which details your home’s efficient features. Use this documentation to capture the full value of your investment if you sell or refinance your home.

Is my home eligible for Pearl Certification?

  • Single-family homes, duplexes, and townhomes can be scored. Multifamily units, condominiums, and manufactured homes cannot be scored.
  • NYSERDA-approved providers are offering no-cost Pearl Certifications in the below area:
    • Tompkins County
    • Monroe County
    *for electric customers of ConEd, NYSEG, National Grid, or RG&E
  • This limited time offer expires on December 31, 2021.

Ready to create the home you want? Schedule a certification with a NYSERDA-approved Pearl Advantage Network provider.

Real Estate Agents

View information about the Home Energy Ratings Program [PDF] where home inspectors can provide home buyers with home energy ratings to help guide renovation and upgrade decisions that many new home buyers make within the first year of ownership.

Participating Providers

NYSERDA-approved Providers are trained to evaluate your home and deliver a Pearl Home Investment Plan and Pearl Certification.

Monroe County

Wise Home Energy, LLC
1197 Mt Read Blvd
Rochester, New York 14606
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Home Inspections By The Fulmer Group
1821 Clark Rd,
Rochester, New York, 14625
(585) 944-5776
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National Property Inspections
221 Leicestershire Rd,
Irondequoit, New York, 14621
(585) 654-7294
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Taylor Heating
1775 Buffalo Rd.,
Rochester, NY, 14624
(585) 500-4357
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Staten Island

Green Team LI
332B Dante Ct,
Holbrook, New York, 11741
(631) 438-8228
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Tompkins County

The Insulation Man, LLC
428 Court Street Suite 2
Binghamton, New York 13904
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Have more questions? View the Pearl Homeowner Information Guide[PDF] or contact us.