If you participate in NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, you will work with a contractor that participates in the program. Participating Home Performance contractors are accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a national organization that trains and certifies contractors to do energy efficiency work.
How will my contractor know what my house needs?
If you participate in NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, your contractor will begin the process with a comprehensive home energy assessment. This is the first step to see where your home is wasting energy and money. The home assessment is very important because it reveals hard-to-see problems like air leaking out of your house, walls that need insulation, trouble with your furnace and other problems. At the end of the assessment, you will get a report about the actions you can take to make your home more energy efficient.
Is my contractor a code inspector?
No. The contractors who come to work on your home are only there to help you make it more energy efficient. They may do some health and safety tests to make sure your home is safe, but they are not code inspectors or any other type of government official.
If I have a comprehensive home energy assessment, do I have to commit to making energy efficiency improvements to my home?
No. Whether you have a free, reduced-cost or paid home assessment, you don’t have to commit to making energy upgrades. Your only obligation is to learn how your home uses energy and what you can do stop waste and save on your energy bills.