What exactly is an energy audit you ask? Here’s a great video from the U.S. Department of Energy to explain just that:
Did you know most New Yorkers can receive a home energy assessment for free or at a reduced cost? This is something you need to jump on if you’re in New York and truly energy concious!
To qualify: (you will need to meet these four requirements)
1. You must own a 1-to-4 unit residential building.
2. Your total household income must meet the guidelines detailed on the application.
3. You must not have previously received a free or reduced-cost comprehensive home energy assessment on the same building.
4. You must provide a 12-24 month summary of the energy usage for your building. There is also an Energy Usage History Waiver form in case you don’t have a full year summary.
View the complete PDF document/application here.
This is something I discovered recently and was tickled to death about the possibilities. After you apply, and if approved, you will receive a reservation number, information, terms and conditions and notice that you have 90 days to have your comprehensive home assessment completed. Now I should warn you in advance that the application states the following:
First-come, first-served basis while funding lasts.
The next step is finding an approved energy audit professional. The NYSERDA website has a page that allows you to enter a zip code or county for approved contractors. In my area, there is a contractor on the list that I’ve used before. They were nothing short of excellent and worth a mention in this post: Highland Contractors. Their website gave me all of the info I needed.
I went ahead and scheduled an energy assessment, or an audit really, of my home. It really was an eye-opener. As much as I “thought” I had things pretty tight, I soon realized I wasn’t even close. Phil – the auditor – pointed out everything in detail and gave me all of the options to have the leaks repaired. Being a do-it-yourselfer, I opted to do just about everything myself.
I’m actually looking forward to this winter for a change just to see my energy bills. Comment and let me know if you had this done too and what your experience was!