September 19, 2013
In the past 12 years, 50-thousand homes across the state have gone through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – NYSERDA – energy star home performance program. The 50-thousandth project was completed in upstate New York, and the number of energy-saving projects in the region are expected to rise as winter approaches.
Founded in 2001, NYSERDA’s home performance program provides free home energy assessments and then offers some financial incentives to help homeowners cut their consumption.
Joe Morabito owns the home that ticked over the 50,000 project mark. He says there was a lot of room for improvement in his family’s 60-year-old house.
“We have seen a dramatic improvement, especially on the second floor. The heat actually stays in because they actually went above in both the ceilings too which had no insulation and blew in insulation and it helps to hold the heat in a lot better than it used to.”
Morabito says their house used to have cold pockets in some of the rooms. It’s now much more comfortable for his family and the kids who attend family daycare there during the week.
He says they’ve seen only a slight improvement on their energy bills so far, but expect to see better returns during the winter months.
Home performance program manager for NYSERDA, John Ahearn says winter does showcase the benefits of an energy-efficient home.
“Home performance does come into people’s minds as the weather starts to get cold, so we do expect that the next few months will be busy in the program. We hope that having reached 50,000 homes that we’re beginning to create a critical mass that will allow the program to grow much more quickly in the coming years.”
Ahearn says most homes that go through the program are saving about 20 percent in energy use.