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Free Home Energy Assessment: Save $700 a Year on Utilities

Hope Energy Group
July 24, 2018

Who couldn’t use an extra $700 in their pocket — especially if you’re planning a weekend getaway to Niagara Falls, paying for a recent high school grad, or simply saving for retirement?

I can't pass up an opportunity to help our customers save more money.

That’s why Hope Energy Group has partnered with a participating BPI GoldStar contractor to offer you a free home energy assessment and free energy upgrades.

Let’s jump right in and look at how it works:

Two NYSERDA programs — EmPower New York and Home Performance with Energy Star — allow homeowners and renters to get a free energy assessment and free or subsidized energy upgrades performed by a licensed contractor. New York residents who take part in these programs —  and over 75,000 have so far — save an average of $700 in the first year.

Whether you own or rent, the process starts with a free energy assessment from a participating BPI GoldStar contractor. The contractor will perform a walk-through of your home to identify which energy upgrades could help you save the most money, such as:

  • Sealing up drafty doors and leaky windows
  • Adding insulation to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer
  • Replacing energy vampires like inefficient refrigerators and chest freezers
  • Swapping incandescent bulbs for new energy-efficient lighting
  • Plus, free health and safety inspections of your smoke detectors, appliances, and more

The walk-through takes 1-3 hours —  watch this video to see how a typical home energy assessment goes. Home energy assessments are free to homeowners with incomes less than $100K a year.

After the walk-through, you'll get a report outlining the improvements you should make. Both EmPower and Home Performance with Energy Star offer free or subsidized work. That means you may qualify to have improvements like insulation and new lighting done at no cost to you. To make things even easier, the contractor who performed your walk-through can also do the work.

You might be wondering, "Is this really free? How is that possible?" Both NYSERDA programs are funded through a "System Benefits Charge". If you look at your most recent electric or natural gas bill, you'll notice this charge of a few cents. All utility customers contribute to this program, but few take full advantage of it. Other funding comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which finances projects that lower carbon emissions. 

These programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply now!

I trust you'll benefit from these programs (and an extra $700 in your pocket). If you decide to schedule an energy assessment with our partner, we'll receive a small commission for your referral. Email our friendly team and we'll help you get set up for your free home energy assessment or answer any questions you still have.